David M. (Dave) Olander is a partner with Capitol Counsel LLC, where he serves a leading role in the firm’s tax practice. He brings to the firm nearly two decades of experience in Washington’s tax-policy making arena, having served most recently as majority chief tax counsel to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
In that position, Olander advised Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and other Republican members of the Committee and the House of Representatives on all federal tax issues, serving as the chamber’s chief tax lawyer and as manager of the Committee’s tax staff. While overseeing the formulation and advancement of all tax legislation considered by the Committee and the House during the 112th and 113th Congresses, Olander also guided both the Committee’s strategic and day-to-day activities related to comprehensive tax reform. Most notably, he led the development of the Tax Reform Act of 2014 (H.R. 1, 113th Cong.), a proposal widely regarded as the most significant contribution to the tax reform debate since 1986.
Olander originally joined the Committee’s staff in 2008 as tax counsel under then-Ranking Member – and current Capitol Counsel colleague – Rep. Jim McCrery (R-LA) and was promoted to minority chief tax counsel by then-Ranking Member Camp in 2009. During his tenure at the Committee, Olander received professional recognition from prominent publications such as National Journal Magazine, CQ Roll Call, and Tax Notes, the last of which featured him in its “Top Congressional Tax Staffers for 2014” series. Frequently sought out for his timely insight on tax matters, Olander served as a featured speaker, panelist, or guest lecturer on more than 100 occasions before various academic audiences, trade groups and other organizations during his time on the Committee staff.
Prior to joining the Committee staff, Olander served as tax and policy counsel to Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds (R-NY), a member of Ways and Means and, during his tenure as Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), an elected member of the House Republican Leadership. In that position, Olander worked extensively on a broad range of tax, international trade and entitlement policy matters within the Committee’s jurisdiction.
Olander previously practiced law in the Washington office of Baker Hostetler LLP as part of the firm’s Government Policy Practice Group. He focused his practice on legislative affairs – principally in the areas of tax policy and financial services – representing a wide array of businesses, trade associations, non-profits and governmental entities on various matters before Congress and federal agencies.
Earlier in his career, Olander served as legislative assistant to Rep. Wally Herger (R-CA), another senior Ways and Means member, handling tax, trade and entitlement policy issues.
Olander, a native of Long Island, New York and a member of the DC Bar, received his B.A. in political science from Brown University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.