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Updated: August 5, 2019 / 2019 40 Under Forty Awards Honorees

Edward B. Spinella

Photo | J. Fiereck Photography Edward B. Spinella


Partner, Murtha Cullina LLP

Age: 36

No. of years with current company: 2

Town where I live: Glastonbury

Town where I work: Hartford

College: Holy Cross

Highest degree: Law degree

Who is your favorite superhero? Batman

Edward B. Spinella is a partner at Murtha Cullina LLP. He is a member of the firm’s business and finance department and chairs the firm’s tax-exempt organizations practice group. He is also a member of the privately owned business, education and health care practice groups.

Spinella serves as general counsel to a diverse array of tax-exempt organizations including startup public charities, social-service providers, other healthcare organizations, private foundations, social clubs and trade associations. Recently, he has counseled clients in connection with cutting-edge projects such as the creation of integrated affiliated systems containing tax-exempt and for-profit organizations.

What’s been your biggest professional accomplishment so far in your career?

I am very proud to have emerged as one of the ‘go-to’ nonprofit attorneys in the state. I am regularly asked to help tax-exempt organizations explore new revenue-generating activities and strategic collaborations. I have been constantly assisting clients with incubating social entrepreneurship ventures as well as exploring mergers.

I am also proud that I was named partner at my former firm at the age of 33 and was named chair of my current firm’s tax-exempt organization practice group at age 35.

How are you involved in the community?

I regularly present free educational seminars to nonprofit personnel and advisors and I make time to share insights with tax-exempt organizations and their advisors, irrespective of whether they are formally clients. I also serve on two nonprofit boards.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I love the outdoors. When I’m not fishing, I enjoy going on outdoor excursions with my wife and daughter, including a recent visit to a modernized dairy farm in Litchfield County that quite possibly makes the best ice cream I’ve ever tasted.

Four reasons why you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty:

• I am one of Connecticut’s go-to nonprofit attorneys.

• I was named partner at my former firm at age 33 and was named chair of my current firm’s tax-exempt organization practice group at 35.

• I chair a profitable and expanding practice group founded on empathy and passion for the nonprofit sector.

• I organize and moderate Murtha’s “First Friday” meetings, which allow attorneys throughout our offices to discuss developments and share insights.

Fun Fact

I am a huge proponent of ‘the levity effect’ — responsible levity promotes better workplace morale, increased production and better client service.

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