Anita L. Pelletier

Anita Pelletier is Counsel in Nixon Peabody's nonprofit practice group. She advises nonprofit organizations in matters relating to legal requirements and best practices in connection with governance and operational matters.

What do you focus on?

Today I focus my practice on three main areas, building on over 10 years of experience assisting nonprofit clients to operate as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Nonprofit Corporate Governance and Board Disputes

I’ve represented organizations ranging from the very small to the very large. Most recently, the Nonprofit team advised the sole member of a nonprofit regarding its authority to remove board members.

Tax Compliance and Audits

I’ve worked with several organizations to guide them through IRS and regulatory audits. Most recently, I managed and coordinated an IRS audit for a large university.

Charitable Solicitation and Sales Promotions

I’ve assisted numerous charities navigate the various rules regarding charitable solicitations in a market that necessitates the use of social media and electronic communications.

I’ve also represented businesses that conduct promotions to develop brand recognition and sales. Last year, we assisted a business to develop best practices for operating national sweepstakes and contests.

What do you see on the horizon?

I’ve been following the demands for increased scrutiny of nonprofit organizations relating to transparency and public accountability. We’re developing strategies for organizations to put their houses in order before the regulators come knocking.

Publications & Presentations

  • “Converting a For-Profit to a Nonprofit: Eligibility Tax Considerations IRS Reporting Requirements and More,” NBI Teleconference, November 2019
  • “IRS Guidelines for Good Governance for 501(c)(3) Organizations,” Webinar, Lorman Education Services, August 2019
  • “IRS Guidelines for Good Governance for 501(c)(3) Organizations,” Webinar, Lorman Education Services, February 2019
  • “Obtaining and Sustaining a Tax-Exempt Status,” Webinar, Lorman Education Services, December 2018
  • “Tax Exemption Issues Faced by Orchard Health,” Health Law Journal, New York State Bar Association, Vol. 9, No. 3, Summer/Fall 2004

2019 Excellence in Law Award winners

The Daily Record | April 18, 2019

Several colleagues in Nixon Peabody’s Rochester office were recognized by the Daily Record as part of this year’s Excellence in Law Awards. Corporate counsel Anita Pelletier was named one of the Top Women in Law. Project Finance and Public Finance associate Jessica Paulin and Corporate associate Kat Murphy were chosen as Up and Coming Attorneys. Records coordinator Nancy Lopez was honored as an Unsung Legal Hero.

How nation’s new tax law might affect charitable organizations

Rochester Business Journal | December 14, 2017

Rochester private equity and investment funds partner Jeremy Wolk, M&A and corporate transactions counsel Anita Pelletier and Washington DC M&A and corporate transactions partner Mike Cooney authored this column about the impact of U.S. tax reform on nonprofits.


Anita L. Pelletier



Phone: 585-263-1164

Fax: 585-263-1600

Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude

Maxwell School of Public Administration, M.P.A.

St. John Fisher College, B.A., Economics

New York

U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

U.S. Tax Court

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Anita was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in the field of Nonprofit/Charities Law. Anita has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2017.

Anita Pelletier has received numerous awards for her commitment to pro bono service. In 2003, she received the William E. McKnight Award from the Monroe County Bar Association. In 2005, she received the Legal Aid Society of New York City Pro Bono Award. Anita Pelletier is a recipient of Nixon Peabody’s Rodman Peabody Pro Bono Award, winning in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011.

Anita Pelletier is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and a member of the Legal Resources Committee. She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Rochester and is also involved with the Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys, previously serving as a board member as well as chair of their Media Committee and co-chair of the Program Committee. Anita Pelletier is also a member of the American, New York State, and Monroe County bar associations.

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