Benjamin A. Davidson

Adjunct Professor of Law

(919) 962-6365

Areas of Expertise

  • Nonprofit Organizations Law
  • Tax Law


Benjamin Davidson is Director of Tax Policy & Analysis, Associate University Counsel, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Davidson counsels UNC Chapel Hill’s board and executive leadership on tax, executive compensation, employee benefits, and governance. Davidson joined the adjunct faculty of the School of Law in 2019 and teaches The Law of Nonprofit Organizations. Davidson is a leading expert on the nonprofit parking tax, a federal law enacted in 2017 and repealed in 2019 following significant opposition from the nonprofit sector. Davidson’s analysis provided the foundation for positions adopted by the IRS under the repealed statute and continues to be reflected in the proposed regulations under a companion statute. Davidson writes and speaks regularly on nonprofit and higher education tax law. His work has appeared in Tax Notes, State Tax Notes, Exempt Organization Tax Review, and Exempt Organization Tax Journal. Prior to joining UNC Chapel Hill, Davidson was the Deputy Tax Director at Stanford University, where he advised on enterprise-wide tax matters, provided tax planning for a $24.8 billion merged investment pool, and directed the preparation of Stanford University’s tax returns. Davidson joined Stanford from the San Francisco law firm of Adler & Colvin, where he provided tax and corporate counsel to nonprofit organizations. Before joining Adler & Colvin, Davidson practiced tax law with the Silicon Valley law firm of Fenwick & West.


  • J.D., Stanford University (2010)
  • B.S., Symbolic Systems and Philosophy, Stanford University (2004)