Senate Finance Committee Chief Oversight Counsel Chris Armstrong Joins Holland & Knight
WASHINGTON (January 23, 2019) – Holland & Knight announced today that Christopher J. Armstrong has joined the firm as a partner in its Public Policy & Regulation Practice Group in Washington, D.C. Most recently, Mr. Armstrong was chief oversight counsel for the Senate Finance Committee.
Mr. Armstrong served as the Senate Finance Committee's general counsel and chief oversight counsel from August 2017 until the beginning of this year, playing a key role in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. In addition to playing a major role in tax reform, Mr. Armstrong has years of experience in both houses of Congress leading congressional investigations, including in his role as the Senate Finance Committee's deputy chief oversight counsel. In this position, he led investigations for chairman Orrin Hatch into security breaches at a consumer credit reporting agency and subsequent risks to federal programs, an investigation into the practices of the tax preparation industry, and an inquiry into tax equity investors and tax subsidies for solar energy. He also worked closely with committee staff, congressional leadership and member offices on a wide range of policy matters, including an examination of the Treasury Department's regulatory process and tax administration reforms.
Previously, Mr. Armstrong was oversight counsel for the House Ways and Means Committee under chairman Dave Camp and investigative counsel for the Senate Finance Committee under ranking member Chuck Grassley from 2007-2011.
"After more than a decade as a lead attorney on two key committees, Chris has gained deep insight into both congressional investigations and the tax policy process," said Rich Gold, the leader of Holland & Knight's Public Policy & Regulation Practice Group. "Chris's experience in these areas, combined with his skill in negotiating high-stakes legislation and his broad and bipartisan network on Capitol Hill, will allow him to provide significant value to our clients in need of legal and lobbying services."
"With the number of investigations anticipated to increase significantly in the 116th Congress, I hope to be an effective advocate for those facing these types of inquiries, helping them navigate the process and the unique rules that apply in what can be a difficult experience for them," said Mr. Armstrong. "As the Treasury Department and IRS continue to roll out the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and Congress considers IRS reforms, I also plan to use my close knowledge of the policy and the decision-makers implementing it to represent clients seeking legislative and regulatory changes related to the new landscape of tax policy."
Mr. Armstrong received a J.D. degree from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and a B.S. degree from Kennesaw State University.
About the Public Policy & Regulation Practice Group: Holland & Knight's Public Policy & Regulation Practice Group includes more than 100 lawyers and other professionals engaged in federal, state and local government affairs and regulatory counseling and related disciplines. With 13 teams including Government Representation, Environment, Telecommunications, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Transportation, Federal Practice & Appropriations, Government Markets and State and Local Procurement, State Capitals and High-Stakes Communications, our attorneys and professionals manage complex client problems and opportunities involving local, state and federal government regulatory, transactional and legislative matters.