Working with a diverse range of clients on various tax policy issues, Lawrence Willcox has provided clients with a wide range of advocacy services to achieve their legislative and regulatory goals. His principal areas of focus include matters related to municipal tax-exempt financing, international, employee compensation & benefits and REIT taxation. He has also focused on tax policy issues related to the new economy (“GIG economy”) and virtual (“crypto”) currency.
Before joining Capitol Tax Partners in 2006, Lawrence was the Staff Director of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, where he acted as the senior advisor to RPC Chairman Jon Kyl (R-AZ) on Senate leadership issues and helped develop legislative strategy with other senior House and Senate leadership aides. During his time with the Senate RPC, he worked directly on the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, Pension Protection Act of 2006, Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005, Gulf Opportunity Zone Act of 2005, Katrina Emergency Tax Relief Act of 2005, Energy Tax Incentives Act of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004, Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003, Military Family Tax Relief Act of 2003, and the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003.
He previously served as Tax Counsel and Legislative Director to Senator Kyl, where he worked closely with Senate Finance Committee members and staff and worked on all tax legislation that came before the Committee, including the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 and the Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002.
Before his time in the U.S. Senate, Lawrence was Tax Counsel to House Ways and Means Committee member Sam Johnson (R-TX), where he worked with House Ways and Means Committee staff on all tax-related and defense appropriation matters. During his time in the House he worked on the Internal Revenue Service Restructuring Act of 1998 and the Surface Transportation Revenue Act of 1998.
Before coming to the Hill, Lawrence was a trial attorney in the United States Department of Justice Tax Division, where he was responsible for all aspects of a broad range of civil actions brought by and against the United States in federal district, bankruptcy, and state courts. He also clerked for the Honorable Robert J. Yock, United States Court of Federal Claims after five years of active duty serving as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy.
Lawrence earned his LLM in taxation from New York University School of Law, his JD from American University Washington College of Law, and his BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.