Ran has worked with nonprofit organizations and the people who lead them for over 25 years. She guides people in establishing new 501(c)(3) charitable corporations and other tax exempt organizations. She advises on the expansion of existing programs and suggests ways to accomplish client objectives while meeting the requirements of the Internal Revenue Code. She has advised charities that are merging and, when needed, she has helped charities to dissolve and distribute their remaining assets.

Ran has worked with private foundations and public charities that want to make grants or establish programs in foreign countries. Sometimes, the initial request comes from a person in the United States who has traveled abroad and seen a need. Sometimes the request comes from a foreign organization that wants to raise tax deductible contributions in the United States.

Ran often says she practices “Happy Law” not only because she loves the legal challenges but also because she finds it rewarding to help people focused on improving the lives of others.

Civic and Professional Activities

  • Life Member, Wake Forest University Board of Trustees
  • Former Member, Wake Forest University Law School Board of Visitors, and Wake Forest University Law Alumni Council
  • Former Director and Secretary of The Hospice Foundation; former Director and Chairman of the Forsyth County Juvenile Justice Council, Inc.
  • Member, former Director and President of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art
  • Member and former President, Junior League of Winston-Salem, Inc.
  • Member and former Director of the North Carolina Nature Conservancy
  • Forsyth County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Tax and Estate Planning Sections
  • American Bar Association, Tax Section
  • Member and past program Vice President of the North Carolina Planned Giving Council

Honors and Awards

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Nonprofit / Charities Law, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates, 2015 – Present


Any result the lawyer or law firm may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

  • Guides nonprofits that work with impact investing and social entrepreneurs to achieve their goals while maintaining their tax exempt status.
  • Establishes disaster relief organizations after a natural disaster such as a hurricane or tsunami; once as quickly as 10 days with expedited review from the IRS.
  • Helps communities plan for the future with organizations that lessen the burden of government.
  • Interprets IRS requirements for community foundations with donor advised funds and other unusual issues.
  • Advises on alternative approaches to dealing with unrelated business income as nonprofit organizations seek ways to create an income stream and donors look for alternatives to contributions of cash or appreciated stock.

Bar admissions

1989, North Carolina

Admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina


  • J.D., 1989, Wake Forest University School of Law
    • cum laude
    • Recipient of The Irving E. Carlyle Distinguished Law Scholarship
    • Wake Forest Law Review, 1988-89
    • Student Trial Bar, 1986-89
    • Member: Moot Court Board, 1987-89
    • Craven Moot Court Competition Winning Team, 1988
    • National Moot Court Competition Team, 1988
  • B.A., 1970, Vassar College