Lakshmi Sarma Ramani

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Lakshmi Sarma Ramani has over 20 years of significant transactional experience as both a senior legal executive and private practitioner representing a wide range of for-profit and non-profit companies. She regularly handles a full range of legal matters, including cross border transactions and operational risk analysis; commercial, IP licensing and SaaS agreements; employment & labor-related matters; nonprofit corporate governance and board support & training; data privacy and cybersecurity; advertising, marketing and prize promotions; nonprofit financial, audit and investment support; agreements and MOUs with government agencies, NGOs and universities; support for conferences, events and sponsorships; publishing agreements; talent and influencer contracts; certification and accreditation issues. Lakshmi also provides compliance trainings, supports internal investigations and assists executives and governing boards with evaluating the risks of complex initiatives. Lakshmi also serves as Director of Compliance and Ethics for the firm.

Lakshmi writes the Nonprofit Knowledge column for the Association of Corporate Counsel Docket magazine and serves as a trustee of The Key School, an independent K-12 school. She lives in Maryland with her husband, 2 daughters and naughty bedlington terrier rescue dogs, Naveen and Tiana. Lakshmi enjoys cooking vegetarian cuisines, gardening, learning guitar and teaching flute to her younger daughter. She also loves dusting off her college a cappella skills to sing karaoke with her family. She and her husband spend many evenings and weekends at horse barns, karate studios and Indian classical dance performances with their children.

Key Experience

  • General Counsel & Assistant Secretary, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • Senior Attorney, The Nature Conservancy
  • Staff Attorney with Pennsylvania Office of General Counsel, Dept. of Revenue
  • Public finance and Tax Attorney with Tillinghast Licht LLP
  • J.D., Temple University, Managing Editor, Temple International and Comparative Law Journal
  • B.A., Clark University

Bar Admissions


District of Columbia


New Jersey

Rhode Island (inactive)

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Professional Memberships

Maryland State Bar Association

Rhode Island Bar Association

TEGE Exempt Organizations Council

Thought Leadership