Capitol Counsel adds firepower for tax reform battle

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“The big thing that is looming is tax reform,” Owens said in a telephone interview, adding that his new relationship with Capitol Counsel will be able to leverage his accounting knowledge with the firm's expertise on the Hill. A mutual client brought the two together, he said.

"I learned during the ’86 Tax Reform Act, that to successfully represent a client, a firm needs the highly technical expertise and drafting skills of a very accomplished tax lawyer along with the policy and political understanding of the legislative process,” Capitol Counsel’s founder, John Raffaelli, said in a statement. “Kevin’s knowledge of both improves our ability to do just that.”

The firm earned more than $3.3 million in lobbying fees in the first four months of the year and $12.2 million for lobbying services in total last year.

Former Republican Rep. Jim McCrery (La.), and a partner at Capitol Counsel, said in a statement that “few professionals”  have Owens’s mix of federal tax and insurance expertise.

“Kevin boasts a record that has saved his clients millions of dollars and will provide needed technical analysis of existing and proposed legislation,” said McCrery, once the ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee.