Victoria B. Bjorklund
Lecturer on Law
Victoria B. Bjorklund is a Retired Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP where she founded and headed the Firm’s Exempt Organizations Group, which advises public charities, private foundations, boards, and donors.
Victoria was named “2014 Nonprofit Lawyer of the Year” by her peers in Best Lawyers Magazine. The 2013 Legal 500 described her as “[t]he highly respected … dean of the practice” in awarding both top-tier and leading lawyer rankings. Victoria chaired the ABA Tax Section Committee on Exempt Organizations from 2000-2002 and has since served as Co-Chair of the Subcommittee on International Philanthropy.
Since 1989, Victoria has served as a director, secretary, pro bono legal counsel, and advisor for Doctors Without Borders, the emergency medical relief organization that was awarded the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize. She is also a director of the Robin Hood Foundation, where she chairs the Robin Hood Relief Fund. She is a director of the American Friends of the Louvre, the Louvre Endowment, Friends of Fondation de France, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Princeton University, Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI), and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Victoria speaks and writes frequently on exempt-organization subjects, including “Choosing Among Private Foundations, Supporting Organizations, and Donor-Advised Funds.” She is the co-author with Jim Fishman and Dan Kurtz of New York Nonprofit Law and Practice (LexisNexis, 3d Ed. 2015). She also teaches The Law of Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard Law School.
She earned her J.D. at Columbia University School of Law, a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Yale University, and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Princeton University, where she graduated in three years and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.