James Rock joined the firm in February, 2002. He has over 30 years of Washington experience, including eight as the principal legislative aide to two key members of the House Ways and Means Committee. During his tenure on Capitol Hill, Mr. Rock gained a reputation as one of the most effective and respected personal staff members of this important congressional committee.
On Congressional staff, Mr. Rock participated in a comprehensive rewriting of the U.S. Tax Code through the development of a series of major tax bills. He also worked extensively on Medicare, Social Security, welfare reform and trade legislation. He was one of the primary architects of the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981, and was a major participant in the development of the Tax Reform Act of 1986. He also worked on the numerous budget proposals considered by the committee during this period affecting health, welfare and Social Security.
Mr. Rock is recognized as an expert on issues related to compounding pharmacy. He has represented both trade groups and individual compounding pharmacies for over 12 years, and has been involved in both legislative and regulatory efforts during that time period. His clients include pharmacies that provide necessary compounded medications to patients and providers throughout the U.S., including both human and animal drugs.
Mr. Rock has over 25 years of experience in the private sector representing clients on both legislative and regulatory matters. He brings considerable expertise in the area of taxation, including real estate, utility taxation, estate and gift taxation, employee benefits, accounting, international taxation, oil and gas, tax-exempt organizations, minimum tax, insurance, tax-exempt issues, including education, Medicare, appropriations, budget, commerce, energy, telecommunications, Internet commerce and judiciary matters.
A native of Texas, Mr. Rock has a Masters Degree in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs in Austin, Texas, where he graduated first in his class.