Michael I. Sanders

Professorial Lecturer in Law


2000 H Street, NW Washington DC 20052

Michael Sanders is the lead partner of the Washington office's tax group of Blank Rome LLP. He focuses his practice in the area of taxation, offering particular knowledge in matters affecting partnerships, limited liability companies, S-corporations, real estate and tax controversy. He also has a large practice in the area of exempt organizations involving healthcare and low-income housing, associations and joint ventures between for-profits and nonprofits, as well as structuring New Markets Tax Credit transactions. He regularly serves as an expert witness in complex litigation.

Mr. Sanders was named by the Washington Business Journal as one of the "City's Top Ten Lawyers" and the "City's Top Tax Lawyer" in 2004. Additionally, he was presented the Israel Bonds Legal and Financial Division's Light of Jerusalem Award in November of 2005. In 2007, he was selected from a field of the nation's leading lawyers and judges as a finalist for the Lawdragon 500 based upon his current impact on the biggest issues and deals in the law. He was also recognized by Washingtonian magazine as "One of Washington's Top Lawyers" for 2007 and 2008.

Mr. Sanders is the author of Joint Ventures Involving Tax-Exempt Organizations (3rd Ed.) published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. As an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School and Georgetown University Law School, Mr. Sanders teaches Income Taxation of Partnerships and Subchapter S Corporations and Tax Treatment of Charities and Other Non-Profit Organizations, Joint Ventures Involving Tax Exempt Organizations (including healthcare, universities, LIHTC, new markets, conservation organizations), respectively.

Previously, Mr. Sanders served as an attorney-advisor to the assistant secretary of tax policy at the Office of Tax Legislative Counsel and as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice (Attorney General's Honors Program).

Mr. Sanders was recently honored in 2010 by The George Washington University Law School for his 35 years of teaching at the law school.

BS, LLB, New York University; LLM, Georgetown University