John Salmon’s practice centers on federal income tax, pension trust and international trade. It involves a broad range of income tax matters and also includes work on other policy questions involving virtually all major federal entitlement programs. Mr. Salmon represents a number of clients in the development of strategies and technical material for complex legislation before the U.S. Congress, and related activities before the relevant Executive Branch department or agency, including the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service. He serves as counsel and secretary of the Board of the National Railroad Retirement Investment Trust. He has served as Washington Counsel to the West Indies Rum and Spirits Association since 1987. He has been retained by the International Monetary Fund as an expert consultant to serve as a Legal Advisor to one of its member countries on income tax policy and legislative drafting matters.
In February 1985, Mr. Salmon became a partner in the firm of Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer & Wood and was a partner in that firm and its successor firms for 25 years until his retirement in March 2010. From 1981 through January 1985, Mr. Salmon was Chief Counsel of the Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives. As Chief Counsel, he headed the majority staff of the House Committee which has jurisdiction over all legislation relating to federal taxation, international trade and tariffs, and the broad range of programs authorized under the Social Security Act. During his tenure as Chief Counsel, the Committee processed major tax legislation in 1981, 1982 and 1984, the landmark Social Security Amendments of 1983, and the Trade and Tariff Act of 1984. From 1975 to 1978 he served as Counsel to the Committee’s Subcommittee on Health, which has jurisdiction over the Medicare program.
Mr. Salmon has considerable expertise on legislative drafting, the Congressional budget process and the intricate set of parliamentary rules that govern the development and consideration of complex multijurisdictional legislation in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
Mr. Salmon is a 1995 recipient of the Georgetown University John Carroll award for lifetime achievement.
Mr. Salmon is the author of The Creation of the National Railroad Retirement Investment Trust: Improving Railroad Retirement for Labor, Management, and Beneficiaries, published in November 2013. This book chronicles the development of the National Railroad Retirement Investment Trust, an investment entity created to manage the assets of the Railroad Retirement system. Covering the period 1995-2003, the book chronicles labor-management negotiations, legislative consideration and ultimately, implementation of the new statute.
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AREAS OF PRACTICE
- Board Advisory Work
- Federal Taxation
- International Trade
- Legislative and Regulatory Policy
- Georgetown University Law Center, 1981, M.L.T.
- George Washington University Law Center, 1974, J.D.
- Georgetown University, A.B., 1970
- Partner, Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP (formerly Dewey Ballantine)
- Chief Counsel, House Committee on Ways & Means
- District of Columbia