Abby Young, Partner
Abby Young, Partner
Since co-founding the firm in 2008, Ms. Young
has provided advice to an array of nonprofit clients on matters such as initial incorporation and tax exemption, compliance with federal and state laws governing nonprofit organizations, strategic transactions such as mergers, dissolutions and affiliations, and ongoing governance matters.Â Ms. Young
also provides advice on complex contractual matters for clients and is well-versed in the negotiation and drafting needs of both established and nascent non-profit organizations.
Along with her partners, Ms. Young is a specialist in the intersection of intellectual property and nonprofit laws and has worked with many clients on a broad variety of projects undertaken by nonprofit organizations to obtain, protect or exploit intellectual property in furtherance of their charitable purposes.
Ms. Young was previously the Senior Vice President for Business and Legal Affairs at Oxygen Media, a leading cable television network.
In that capacity, Ms. Young
provided legal analysis and advice, including in regard to board and governance matters, risk management, intellectual property, and investment issues.
Ms. Young served as corporate secretary of Oxygenâ€™s board and was responsible for the legal aspects of a broad range of complex commercial and intellectual property agreements.
also helped develop a range of innovative private-public projects undertaken by Oxygen
, including commercial co-ventures, sponsorships and funding for educational media projects.Â Ms. Youngâ€™s experience in the corporate and media world before founding the firm provides an important perspective in giving governance, corporate and intellectual property advice to non-profits.
Prior to her work at Oxygen Media, Ms. Young was an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton in its general corporate, media and communications groups.
She also practiced in the intellectual property department on advisory and transactional assignments.
She was a founder of the firmâ€™s pro bono program serving micro-businesses and served on the firmâ€™s pro bono committee.
Ms. Young is a graduate of Yale College (BA 1992) and Columbia University School of Law (J.D. 1996).
was the recipient of the 1996 Legal Aid Society-Community Law Division Pro Bono Award for founding a program to assist Harlem residents with housing and other issues faced by low-income communities.
Ms. Young is an active volunteer and involved in many philanthropic initiatives in New York City and beyond.Â She serves as a board member of the Sadie Nash Leadership Project, a girls leadership program, Â The New Press, a leading non-profit publisher, and The Akanksha Fund, an organization supporting charter schools and other educational reforms in India. Â She has served on the Grants Allocation Committee of the New York Womenâ€™s Foundation and is a member of the New York NPCC Government Relations Committee.