Patton Boggs Nabs Top Tax and Financial Services Attorney

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    Washington, DC, February 22, 2010— A leading tax attorney with extensive private-public sector experience is joining Patton Boggs LLP, bolstering the firm’s ability to counsel clients in a broad array of emerging regulatory and legislative issues.

    Rosemary Becchi joins the firm’s Washington office as a partner. In her new role, Ms. Becchi will provide strategic counsel on developing federal and state policy initiatives, developing strategic relationships and long-term planning. She plans to counsel clients on financial service and tax issues.

    After earning her masters of law from Georgetown University Law Center in 1994, Ms. Becchi worked for the IRS in its Office of Chief Counsel, developing and drafting national tax policy.

    As counsel to the Senate Finance Committee, Ms. Becchi worked on an array of tax issues, including corporate, tax-exempt and tax accounting matters. She played in a key role in developing legislation that created the 529 college savings account and Coverdell Education Savings Account--- legislation that has been the cornerstone of congressional efforts to help parents save for higher education expenses.

    Ms. Becchi’s experience includes working at Fidelity Investments where she launched the company’s first federal government relations office. She also worked at Citigroup and Arthur Anderson. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Becchi founded and ran her own consulting firm where she counseled clients on business and government relations matters.

    “Rosemary greatly enhances ability to guide clients in the tax and financial service arena,” said Stuart M. Pape, managing partner of Patton Boggs. “Rosemary’s combination of government and private sector experience gives her the ability to effectively advocate on behalf of corporations on a number of tax and financial service matters.”

    In addition to her professional career, Ms. Becchi is also an active leader in the business community, serving as a member of the Tax Coalition, a volunteer professional organization providing a forum for the exchange of ideas among more than 150 tax professional women. Ms. Becchi is a previous chair of the Tax Coalition. She has served on the American Heart Association board and is currently the executive director for the Capital Area REACH Program, a local community service-based program that provides job training, scholarships, mentoring and professional internships to disadvantaged youth. The Capital Area REACH serves over 250 youth in the Washington, DC area.

    “I am looking forward to expanding my practice and helping clients navigate the regulatory and legislative maze.” Ms. Becchi said.

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