Peter J. Roskam

Partner

Washington, D.C.
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Overview

As leader of the Federal Policy team, Peter Roskam leverages the knowledge gained during six terms as a U.S. Representative from Illinois to analyze what is happening on Capitol Hill, anticipate the potential impact of proposed legislation and keep clients apprised of how their businesses can be affected. Peter serves as a client advocate, providing thoughtful, strategic advice and an insider's perspective to help mitigate potential roadblocks and maximize growth opportunities.

Prior to joining private practice, Peter held a number of noteworthy positions during his service in the U.S. House of Representatives (2007 to 2019), including serving in the House Leadership as Chief Deputy Whip under then-Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy. He also chaired three major subcommittees of the House Ways and Means Committee where, as Chairman of the Tax Policy Subcommittee, he was a chief architect of the 2017 overhaul of the U.S. tax code; as Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee, he led the investigation into the I.R.S. which led to sweeping changes in civil asset forfeiture; and as Chairman of the Health Subcommittee, he led a series of hearings that addressed the opioid crisis and authored legislation making opioid addiction treatment more accessible.

Peter also served on the House Financial Services Committee, including the Capital Markets, Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee and the Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade and Technology Subcommittee; was a member of the Select Committee on Events surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi, Libya; chaired the U.S. House Democracy Partnership, a bipartisan commission supporting emerging democracies abroad; and co-chaired the Korea Caucus, the India Caucus, the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat Anti-Semitism and the Republican Israel Caucus.

Peter also served as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives and the Illinois State Senate for 13 years.

Select Experience

  • Advised the CEO of one of the seven largest American banks in preparation for his hearing before the Senate Banking Committee and House Financial Services Committee.
  • Guided the CEO of a global genetic sequencing company on presentations which successfully developed support on Capitol Hill for consummation of a merger with a private entity.
  • Apprised prominent investment advisors and oil and gas exploration and production company on scope, nature and likelihood of tax policy changes.
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Experience

  • Advised the CEO of one of the seven largest American banks in preparation for his hearing before the Senate Banking Committee and House Financial Services Committee.
  • Guided the CEO of a global genetic sequencing company on presentations which successfully developed support on Capitol Hill for consummation of a merger with a private entity.
  • Apprised prominent investment advisors and oil and gas exploration and production company on scope, nature and likelihood of tax policy changes.
  • Advised leading hedge funds on legislation related to operations in China.
  • Advised iconic American food manufacturer on interfacing with Congressional policy makers on the impact of punitive legislation regarding operations in China.
  • Advised aviation leasing client to successfully position itself to be included in definitions under the CARES Act.
  • Evaluated Congressional attitudes on scale of Big Tech legislative oversight on behalf of major online marketing platform.
  • Guided leading electronic payment system to be successfully excluded from proposed expanded jurisdictional definitions of the Federal Trade Commission Act.
  • Advised innovative health tech startup on interfacing with Capitol Hill, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and industry rivals to successfully protect its business model.
  • Advised global specialty pharmaceuticals company to create Capitol Hill support in labeling conflict with the Food and Drug Administration.
  • Developed legislative strategy for American media conglomerate to deploy in negotiations with market rival.
  • Analyzed legislative trends and likely outcomes for clients of American multinational investment bank and financial services company.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • National Endowment for Democracy: Vice Chairman
  • Center for U.S. Global Leadership: Board of Directors
  • United States Association of Former Members of Congress: Executive Committee
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies Ukraine Reconstruction Commission
  • University of Chicago Institute of Politics: Fellow (2019)

Services

Prior Positions

  • U.S. House of Representatives for Illinois (2007 to 2019)
  • Illinois Senate (2000 to 2007)
  • Illinois House of Representatives (1993 to 1999)

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois

Education

  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1989; Named "Best Oral Advocate" by the American College of Trial Lawyers 1988 National Trial Competition
  • B.A., University of Illinois, 1983