Nathanael Thomas

Nathanael W. Thomas




  • J.D., Pepperdine University, 2000
  • M.A., History, Pepperdine University, 2001
  • B.A., History, Pepperdine University, 1997 magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi
  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri


  • Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • Regulatory and Compliance
  • State Attorney General Investigations


Thomas is a partner and focuses on charitable fundraising and all related aspects including compliance with charitable solicitation laws, structuring and drafting agreements and fundraising.  He advises large corporations and charitable organizations on nationwide charitable sales promotions, royalties, licensing and unrelated business income tax (UBIT). Thomas assists nonprofit organizations in the formation and application for tax-exempt status.  He also reviews and advises clients on creative fundraising business models involving social media and unique applications. 

As a former state regulator, Thomas is uniquely qualified to provide insight to his clients for regulatory practices and strategies, and provide counsel with regard to regulatory compliance and enforcement actions. Thomas also handles state investigations by attorneys general, secretaries of state and other state agencies that regulate charitable solicitations by nonprofit organizations, professional fundraisers and fundraising consultants. He is a frequent speaker on charitable regulations.

Publications / Speaking Engagements


“Mitigating Risk in Chapter Fundraising” Sigma Theta Tau International Leadership Connection, Indianapolis, IN 2018

“Solicitation (The Charitable Kind),” Loyola Law School Western Conference on Tax Exempt Organizations, Los Angeles, CA, 2016

“Professional Fundraiser Compliance Issues and New State Fundraising Laws,” Professional Fundraiser Leadership Conference, Milwaukee, WI, 2016

Where Does Your Not For Profit Need to Register?” Brown Smith Wallace, LLC and Gabriel Group, Nonprofit State Registration Event, St. Louis, MO, 2015

“Credit Card and Other Regulations You Didn’t Even Realize You Had to Follow,” The Foundations Seminar, Indianapolis, IN, 2015

Contributor, Copilevitz & Canter Fundraising and Nonprofit Report

“Enforcement Trends for Professional Fundraisers and the State Charitable Regulatory Environment,” Professional Fundraiser Leadership Conference, East Fairfield, New Jersey, 2014

“Current Fundraising State Compliance Issues.”  Lecture from the North-American Interfraternity Conference, Indianapolis, IN, 2011, 2013 and 2014.

“Professional Fundraising and Compliance.”  Lecture from the Professional Fundraiser Leadership Conference, Milwaukee, WI, 2010.

“Compliance for Nonprofits and Volunteers.”  Lecture from the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits Conference, Jackson, MS, 2007.

“Charitable Solicitations and Securities Regulation Compliance.”  Lecture from the Mississippi Association of Realtors, Southaven, MS, 2004 and 2005.

“State Securities and Charitable Regulation Compliance.”  Lecture from the Northwest Mississippi Conference for Nonprofits, Jackson, MS, 2004.

An Analysis of the Line Item Veto in the Executive, Master’s Thesis at Pepperdine University, Apr. 2001.


Thomas resides in Parkville, Missouri, with his wife Jennifer and two children, Georgia and Reese. He enjoys reading, being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.