Rosemary Becchi

Rosemary Becchi

Strategic Advisor and Counsel

Background

Shapes policy outcomes by drafting solutions that appeal to regulators and legislators. Agency advocate for companies with regulatory issues. Former tax counsel to Senate Finance Committee and former IRS attorney.

Rosemary advocates before Congress and administration officials at the Treasury Department, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Labor Department and the Federal Reserve to affect policy and regulatory outcomes. Her practice is grounded in traditional analytic and advocacy skills, combined with her broad experience in workforce, executive compensation, employee benefits and tax issues. She takes pride in her ability to craft legal arguments and advocate for her clients.  Rosemary’s goal is to maximize the potential benefit – or minimize the potential adverse impact – of governmental action on a business’ interests. She utilizes her expertise on a variety of tactical policy strategies, her experience in building and managing grassroots capabilities, her firsthand knowledge of relevant processes and her personal relationships with key members and staff of governmental entities to ensure tangible results for stakeholders. Her approach blends traditional lawyering, business skills and lobbying.  
 
Rosemary began her government career at the IRS as an attorney advisor before serving as tax counsel to the majority staff of the Senate Finance Committee. She also held in-house executive positions: Rosemary served as vice president of federal government relations at Citigroup and established the government relations office at Fidelity Investments.


In 2020, Rosemary ran for Congress in the 11th District of New Jersey and garnered over 206,000 votes in the general election.  Today, Rosemary serves as president of Jersey 1st, a grassroots organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of hardworking New Jerseyans to make New Jersey a better place to live, learn, work and retire. 

Representative Matters

Recent Experience

  • Assisted client in obtaining guidance from SEC during COVID-19 pandemic that an expenditure that might otherwise would be a perk, may not be a perk in the context of COVID-19.

  • Led an effort on behalf of an insurance association to protect 403(b), 457 and 401(k) plan interests that were threatened by a Senate Finance Committee “pay for” that would have changed the after-death required minimum distribution rules applicable to defined contribution plans and IRAs. Worked closely with key members of the Senate Finance Committee, the Joint Committee on Taxation and the Senate Finance Committee to increase the threshold.

  • Developed regulatory language on behalf of a transportation company that clarified the status of its independent contractors, and communicated the proposed solution to Department of Labor officials. The agency was receptive and ultimately issued a regulation and subsequent opinion letter reinforcing our proposed solution.

Insights & Publications

Credentials

Education

  • LL.M., 1994, Georgetown University Law Center
  • J.D., 1991, Gonzaga University School of Law
  • B.A.A., 1988, University of San Diego

Previous Experience

Partner, McGuire Woods, 2014-2018

Partner, Patton Boggs, 2010-2014

Founder and President, Becchi Consulting, 2008-2010

Vice President of Federal Government Relations, Fidelity Investments, 2003-2007

Vice President of Federal Government Relations, Citigroup, 2000-2003

Senior Manager, National Tax Practice, Arthur Andersen, 1997-2000

Tax Counsel, U.S. Senate Finance Committee Majority Staff, 1995-1997

Attorney-Advisor, Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel, 1991-1995

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

Community Involvement

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:

Founder and President, Jersey First

Representative for 8th District, Millburn Republican Committee.

Founding Member, Essex County Republican Women’s Club.

Member, Morris County & Somerset County Women’s Republican Club.

Running Start

  • Republican Chair, 2012-2016
  • Chairman Emeritus, present

Tax Coalition

  • Member, 1995-present
  • Chair, 2007

Capital Area Reach Program

  • Board Member, 2014-present
  • Executive Director: 2003 – 2014

Board Member, Investment Committee, Virginia College Savings (“529”) Plan, 2006-2008