Robert J. Leonard provides legislative and regulatory representation on tax, trade, health, energy, pension, social security, retirement and budget policy issues.

Practice & Background

For more than three decades, Mr. Leonard has been a distinguished practitioner in the small circle of federal tax and budget policy advocates. Before joining Akin Gump, he served as chief counsel and staff director of the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives (1987-1993), as chief majority tax counsel of the Committee (1981-1986) and as its majority tax counsel (1974-1980). During his 20-year tenure on Capitol Hill, he was centrally involved in all major tax and budgetary legislation considered by Congress, including the Tax Reform Act of 1976, the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981, the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982, the Deficit Reduction Act of 1984, the Tax Reform Act of 1986, the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993, NAFTA and various other major trade initiatives. In addition, Mr. Leonard advised the Committee on parliamentary practice, rules and procedure, including the budget reconciliation process and procedure.

Since leaving public service, Mr. Leonard has been the founding partner of several boutique public policy firms and has represented a wide variety of clients on complex and sophisticated tax policy issues, including global manufacturers, major corporations and partnerships, and businesses in the manufacturing, technology, health care, energy, transportation, insurance and financial service industries. In addition, Mr. Leonard has represented several foreign governments on various trade initiatives.

Awards & Accolades

  • Best Lawyers in America (2012-2015) for government relations.