Brandon Román advises a wide array of domestic and international clients, including banks, non-bank financial institutions, financial market utilities, trade associations, and multinational corporations, on a variety of financial services and tax issues.
Brandon assists clients in developing comprehensive strategies to further their legislative and regulatory interests before Congress, relevant congressional committees, and various regulatory agencies, including the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Federal Reserve, Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), Department of Treasury, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), among others.
Upon joining the firm, Brandon began representing clients on a number of issues related to the regulatory implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. He has also played a key role in recent years with the development and implementation of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the most significant tax reform legislation since 1986); the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act (the most significant retirement legislation since 2006); and the various economic relief packages enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Brandon is currently engaged on behalf of various clients in the legislative debate over the potential inclusion of various tax reform proposals as part of the Fiscal Year 2022 budget reconciliation process, as well as the development of the SECURE Act 2.0.
Brandon also assists various nonprofit organizations with their corporate formation, including assistance with obtaining tax-exempt status with the IRS and state-level tax regulators. He also advises pension/retirement plans, charities, trade associations and other nonprofit entities on an array of corporate governance and compliance issues, including ESG compliance.
Prior to joining Squire Patton Boggs, Brandon served as a judicial intern for Chief Judge Nancy V. Alquist of the United State Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland, as well as for Judge Laura Cordero of the Superior Court for the District of Columbia. During his time in law school, Brandon worked as a student-attorney in the Janet R. Spragans Tax Clinic, where he successfully represented a client before the United States Tax Court in obtaining relief. His knowledge of public policy and international affairs was strengthened during his time as a McCleary Law Fellow for the Human Rights Campaign. Brandon also spent time in El Salvador where he leveraged his fluency in Spanish to assist ALDES (La Oficina de Asistencia Legal para la Diversidad Sexual El Salvador) in organizing the country’s first conference on LGBT rights.
Brandon is an active member of various community and firm diversity initiatives for both LGBT and Latinx lawyers. For the past seven years, he has been a member of both the firm’s Recruiting Committee and the Advisory Committee of the Squire Patton Boggs Foundation, which promotes the role of public service and pro bono work in the practice of law and the development of public policy.