Our Principal

 Shouka Rezvani

J.D., cum laude, Willamette University College of Law, 1994

B.A., Reed College, 1990
Presidential Commendation for Academic Excellence


Shouka Rezvani is the founder and principal of Rezvani Law & Consulting LLC. Prior to founding Rezvani Law & Consulting LLC, Shouka was Chair of the Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Entities Law Practice Group at Tonkon Torp LLP. With almost 30 years of experience representing nonprofits as outside legal counsel, Shouka also has served nonprofits in capacities ranging from board member to officer to a staff member. Shouka works with nonprofits from a perspective that understands their unique strengths and challenges.

Shouka has served as outside counsel to both operating and non-operating private foundations, as well as public charities and other tax-exempt entities. She counsels nonprofits on all facets of their operations, governance, and compliance with the laws regulating the independent sector, from formation to dissolution. She has advised nonprofit boards regarding their fiduciary duties, and has assisted with strategic planning to evaluate joint ventures, mergers, chapters, and other models for collaboration to expand mission. She has additional experience evaluating models and governance through a lens cognizant of principles of diversity, equity and inclusivity.

Shouka has interfaced with in-house counsel and marketing staff at national and international corporations to assist with building employee relief funds and foundations that further corporate community involvement and align with charitable intent.

Shouka has experience working with educators and other community groups to establish charter schools in the Portland area. She has worked with clients to explain and meet state charter school legal requirements, submit charter school applications, and develop and implement the pre and post-operational steps necessary for opening a charter school.

Shouka’s practice includes wealth planning to effectuate personal and financial goals, through the drafting and implementation of trusts, wills, and other planning documents. She also specializes in the preparation of specialty trusts including life insurance trusts, charitable remainder trusts, generation-skipping trusts, Crummey trusts, and title-holding trusts.

Awards and Distinctions

The Best Lawyers in America

  • 2022, Lawyer of the Year – Nonprofit/Charities Law, Portland
  • 2011-2022, Nonprofit/Charities Law
  • 2013-2022, Trusts & Estates


  • 2012, Client Distinction Award

Community Activities

  • Oregon State Bar Nonprofit Law Section
    Executive Committee Member
  • The Oregon Community Foundation
    Former Metropolitan Portland Leadership Council Member
  • Keller Foundation
    Former Board Member
  • Le Monde Immersion
    Board Member
  • Marathon Scholars
    Founding Partner, Former Chair, and Former Trustee
  • Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health Advisory Council
    Former Council Member
  • Young Audiences of Oregon
    Former Board Member
  • Reed College Alumni Board
    Former Board Member

Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Estate Planning Council of Portland
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • National Committee on Planned Giving
  • Oregon Women Lawyers
  • NW Planned Giving Roundtable

Publications & Presentations

  • Presenter, “Oregon Nonprofits: Stages, Cycles, and Changes,” Oregon State Bar, November 2022
  • Panelist and Moderator, “Nonprofit Pathways to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion”, Oregon State Bar,” November 2021
  • Moderator, “How to Best Serve on a Nonprofit Board During a Pandemic,” June 2020
  • “Ethical Considerations Related to Public Charities and Private Foundations,” Oregon Community Foundation, September 2017
  • “Is it the Beginning of the End of the Estate Tax?” Estate & Charitable Planning, Portland Business Journal, March 2017
  • “Nonprofit Board Service,” Professional Advisor’s Forum, Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, January 2017
  • “Thought Leader Forum: The State of Oregon Nonprofits,” Portland Business Journal, December 2016
  • “The Intersection of Nonprofits and School Law: An Introduction to Public Charter and Basic School Law,” Current Topics for Nonprofits, OSB Nonprofit Law Section, September 2016
  • “New Online Form 1023-EZ Makes Applying for Recognition of 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Status Easier,” Oregon State Bar NOLS Newsletter, Fall 2014
  • “Navigating the Rules of Serving on Nonprofit Boards,” Multnomah Bar Association, April 2014
  • “Writing Bylaws That Solve More Problems than They Cause,” Nonprofit Law CLE: Tips from Pros and Practitioners, Oregon State Bar Nonprofit Organizations Law Section, March 2014