About Us


Amarah Sedreddine is an expert general counsel, providing comprehensive legal counsel and strategic guidance to non-profit clients at all stages of development and operation, across a wide range of tax, regulatory, governance, employment and general corporate and transactional matters.  She is informed in this work by her extensive expertise advising nonprofit organizations developed over the course of her career in the public sector, and combines a deep rigor and knowledge of the law with a uniquely practical and personal approach.   Prior to founding Sedreddine & Whoriskey, LLP, Amarah held roles as outside corporate counsel to Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, assistant general counsel at the Vera Institute of Justice, and associate general counsel at The New York Community Trust. She commenced her career at Morrison & Foerster, LLP, in its corporate and M&A practice groups, before moving to the Mann Legal Group, LLC, where she focused her practice exclusively on providing corporate counsel to tax-exempt organizations.

Amarah graduated from Princeton University in 1998 and New York University School of Law in 2004, and returned to NYU Law in 2012 to serve as co-faculty of its Business Law and Transactions Clinic, supervising the work of third-year law students providing pro bono legal services to tax-exempt organizations.  Amarah is currently Chair of the Government Relations Council of Nonprofit New York, in which capacity she engages with law- and policy-makers on matters of relevance to the nonprofit sector, and served as Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Nonprofit Organizations Committee from 2019-2022.  She lectures frequently on topics related to her practice. Amarah graduated from Princeton University and NYU School of Law.  Amarah is admitted to practice in New York.

Susan Whoriskey has served, over the past two decades, as legal advisor to a variety of nonprofit organizations, including both public charities and private foundations, as well as mission-driven for-profit businesses.  In her longstanding private practice, first as a solo practitioner and now as a founding partner of Sedreddine & Whoriskey, LLP, Susan offers clients the benefit of her broad range of experience on a diverse scope of subject matter, including corporate formation and recognition, preservation and conversion of tax exempt status, establishing corporate governance and compliance practices, corporate dissolution and the distribution of assets, application of donor restrictions, misuse of corporate assets, and the use of alternative funding streams, including earned income and program related investments.  She started her career as an associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP, after serving as a law clerk to the Hon. Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum, a federal district court judge in the S.D.N.Y.

Susan graduated summa cum laude from Yale College in 1989, and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1993.   Susan is admitted to practice in New York.

Yael Fuchs joined Sedreddine & Whoriskey in May 2023 and provides counsel to the firm’s clients with a focus on good governance, compliance, dispute resolution, and responding to regulatory concerns.  Yael is recognized as a leader in the field of charities regulation, and frequently speaks, conducts trainings, and provides insight to the media on charities regulation and good governance. Before joining Sedreddine & Whoriskey, Yael served for over a decade in the New York Attorney General’s Charities Bureau, including as the Co-Section Chief of the Enforcement Section, where she oversaw the efforts of the Charities Bureau to investigate and litigate violations of New York laws governing not-for-profits, and worked with the sector to improve compliance and governance.   Yael led such notable matters as the investigation and litigation against the Trump Foundation and the National Rifle Association; led the Bureau’s oversight of charitable fundraising in the wake of natural disasters; and successfully resolved of numerous cases involving the diversion of charitable assets and breaches of fiduciary duty.

Yael currently serves as Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Exempt Organization Committee’s Subcommittee on State/Local Regulation.  Yael served as the President of the National Association of State Charities Officials (NASCO) from 2019 through 2022, and an adjunct professor at the Cardozo School of Law from 2015-2018. Yael graduated summa cum laude from Washington University, and from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a James Kent Scholar and an editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review.  She started her career as an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.  She is admitted to practice in New York.