The 2018 Speakers

Wendell Bird

Attorney, Bird Loechl Brittain & McCants
1150 Monarch Plaza, 3414 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 264-9400


  • University of Oxford (D.Phil., legal history);
  • Yale Law School (J.D.); Vanderbilt University (B.A., summa cum laude).


  • Born Atlanta, Georgia.


  • Visiting Scholar at Emory Law School (2012-present) 
  • Board of Advisors, New York University School of Law’s National Center on Philanthropy & Law (1999-2002)
  • Adjunct Professor (Constitutional Law), Emory Law School (1985-1990)

Honors - Academic

  • Member of Board of Editors, Yale Law Journal 
  • Egger Prize of Yale Law School (one of two awards then given for student publications, for "the best student Note or Comment in the Yale Law Journal on current social problems")  
  • Summa cum laude at Vanderbilt University (history, political studies, economics) 
  • Honors Program in history at Vanderbilt University

Honors - Professional

  • Member of American Law Institute (1987-present); and Life Member (2012-present) 
  • Listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in American Law  
  • Listed in America’s Premier Lawyers and in The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers  
  • Law clerk to Judge J. Dickson Phillips, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit  
  • Law clerk to Judge Robert S. Vance, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth/Eleventh Circuit

Bar Memberships

  • State Bars: Georgia; Alabama; California; Florida. 
  • Federal Bars: U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits; various U.S. District Courts. 
  • Bar Organizations: American Law Institute; American Bar Foundation (Fellow); American Bar Association Section on Taxation, Section on Litigation, Committee on Exempt Organizations.

Practice Areas

  • Business Litigation, Securities Litigation, Constitutional Litigation.
  • Non-Profit Organizations Law.
  • Estates and Trusts and Charitable Contributions.


Wendell R. Bird is listed in America's Premier Lawyers. He is a member of the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court, of the bars of the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits, and of the bars of various U.S. District Courts. He is also a member of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association. Wendell Bird served as law clerk for a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth (now Eleventh) Circuit, and for another judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He as lead counsel won a $55 million judgment, litigating against major Philadelphia and San Francisco firms, which was one of the largest forty judgments in 2001; and as co-counsel won one of the thirty largest judgments in United States history up to that time, for $129 million, litigating against major Atlanta and Charlotte firms, and also a settlement for $45 million, litigating against New York firms. He has served as litigation counsel or general counsel to numerous organizations.

Nonprofit Organization Law

Wendell R. Bird has served nonprofit organizations for three decades, and has published a score of tax articles on nonprofit organization law and half as many on charitable contributions. He has been a plenary speaker for 15 years at the leading national conference on nonprofit organizations (the Washington Non Profit Legal & Tax Conference), where he has lectured for over 25 years. He has also lectured at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' national Not-For-Profit Industry Conference in Washington, and other exempt organization programs. He has been the co-chair of the American Bar Association Subcommittee on Charitable Contributions for ten years, and also has been the chair of the ABA Subcommittee on Religious Organizations, and of the ABA Subcommittee on State and Local Taxation. He has served on the Board of Advisors of New York University Law School's National Center on Philanthropy and the Law, is on the Advisory Board of Taxation of Exempts, and was on the Advisory Board of Journal of Taxation of Exempt Organizations. On request by the publishers, Wendell Bird wrote a chapter on exempt organization tax law for one of the three national tax looseleaf services (CCH's Federal Tax Service, a 25 vol. series) (with Russell Reach), wrote a chapter of the then-leading treatise (Federal and State Taxation of Exempt Organizations published by Warren Gorham & Lamont), and wrote a guide for accountants on tax law governing religious organizations for Taxation for Accountants (with Thomas Kotouc). His score of other articles on nonprofit organization law have appeared in Journal of Taxation of Exempt Organizations, Journal of Exempts, Practical Tax Lawyer, Tax Exempt Organizations, etc. He has served as general counsel to various national nonprofit organizations. He has been listed as a Georgia Super Lawyer in the nonprofit field since that rating was established.



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