Robert J. Leonard provides legislative and regulatory representation on tax, trade, health, energy, 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, Mr. Leonard served as chief counsel and staff director of the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives (1987-1993), as the Committee’s chief tax counsel (1981-1986) and its majority tax counsel (1974-1980).

During his 20-year tenure on Capitol Hill, Mr. Leonard was centrally involved in all major tax and budgetary legislation considered by Congress, including serving as chief tax counsel during enactment of the Tax Reform Act of 1986. In addition, Mr. Leonard served as principal advisor to the Committee on Ways and Means on parliamentary practice, rules and procedure, and all matters relating to the congressional budget process including the budget reconciliation process.

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 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 a wide variety of clients on various trade and health initiatives.

Awards & Accolades

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