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Martin Lobel, who also serves as the Chairman of Tax Analysts,1 is the firm's lead litigator and expert on the constitutionality of state taxes. He was named as one of Washington’s top lawyers by the Washingtonian Magazine and as one of Washington’s Super Lawyers. He was born in 1941 and was admitted to the bar in 1965 in Massachusetts and in 1968 to the District of Columbia and U.S. Supreme Court Bars. He has been rated AV for over 30 years by Martindale Hubbell.


Boston University (A.B., 1962; J.D., cum laude, 1965) Law Review, 1964-1965

Harvard University (LL.M., 1966)


Federal Control of Campaign Contributions, 51 Minnesota Law Review 1, 1966

Elections: An Analysis of the Oklahoma Corrupt Practice Act, 20 Oklahoma Law Review 381, 1967

A Proposal for a Title Registration System for Realty, 11 University of Richmond Law Review 501, 1977

International Oil Policy, Annals of the American Academy of Political & Social Science, January, 1980

Billions in Windfall Profits Taxes Still to be Collected, Tax Notes, July 24, 1989, p. 445 (co-authored with Henry Banta)

Refunding Unconstitutional Taxes, Tax Notes, July 29, 1991, p. 581

Political Access Key to Upholding State Taxes, State Tax Notes, May 18, 1992

The Supreme Court as Delphic Oracle, State Tax Notes, Nov. 19, 1992, p. 683

Barclays: A Test of the Administration's Willingness to Collect Taxes from Multinational Corporations, Tax Notes, June 28, 1993, p. 1841 (co-authored with Henry Banta)

Too Big to Fail: The Big Six (Five?) Accounting Firms, Tax Notes, Oct. 13, 1997, p. 214

A Toothless Tiger: The Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, Tax Notes, June 17, 1996, p. 1699

Whither the IRS, Tax Notes, Nov. 17, 1997, p. 849

Myths, Tax Policy and the Oil Industry, Tax Notes, March 15, 1999, p. 1675 (co-authored with Henry Banta and Lee Helfrich)

Transfer Pricing and Oil Royalties: A Cautionary Tale, Tax Notes, July 5, 1999, p. 151 (co-authored with Henry Banta and Lee Helfrich)

The Great American Tax Dodge, Tax Notes, Oct. 2, 2000, p.145

Current “Tax Reform” Proposals are Fraudulent, Tax Notes, April 16, 2001, p. 519

Domestic Businesses Sacrificed to Multinationals, Tax Notes, May 21, 2001, p. 1339

A State’s Obligation to Refund Unconstitutional Taxes, ABA State & Local Law News, Fall 2002, p. 12

Two Simple Tax Reforms Would Eliminate Most Corporate Abuse, Tax Notes, July 15, 2002, p.440

The Black Box Used to Justify Energy Tax Subsidies, Tax Notes, July 21, 2003, p. 399 (co-authored with Henry Banta and Lee Helfrich)

A Democratic Tax Plan?, Tax Notes, August 25, 2003, p. 1057

Will the Administration’s Economic Policies Cost it the Election?, Tax Notes, April 5, 2004, p. 122

Income Disparities And the Tax Code, Tax Notes, Sept. 5, 2005, p. 1165

Press seen as failing to deal with economic abuses,, Oct. 1, 2005

A tribute to three public figures who died in recent days,, Dec. 21, 2005

Lobbying Reform - another approach, ,,, Feb. 4, 2006.

What is there are no gains from reducing Mid-east oil imports?,, Feb. 8, 2006 (co-authored with Henry Banta).

Q&A on Bush’s energy proposals,, April 27, 2006

Tax analyst sees press failure as partly to blame for looming economic crisis,, Aug. 11, 2006.

The Coming Economic Crisis, Tax Notes, Sept. 11, 2006, p.983.

Why the economy is cratering: a guide for reporters,, Jan. 24, 2008

Clean the Tax Code, Miller-McCune, April-May 2008.

Republicans are conservative. Democrats are liberal. Got that?,, April 27, 2008.

Why gas is almost $4 a gallon and some ideas on what to do about it,, May 1, 2008.

Change the economy? Change? How about some specifics?,, June 11, 2008

Of Course Lenders Stopped Lending. They’re not stupid,, July 22, 2008.

Questions for McCain and Obama on the economic carnage,, September 16, 2008.

A Free and Fair Market,, September 16, 2008.

What’s the impact of the meltdown in your state?,, September 17, 2008.

How much will the Paulson package cost, and where’s the money coming from?,, September 20, 2008.

Long-range issues in resolving the financial crisis,, September 24, 2008.

In the future, get information in time to prevent a crisis,, Oct. 3, 2008.

Tax Reforms and Bailouts, Tax Notes, Oct. 20, 2008, p. 313.

Territorial Taxation: An Invitation to Tax Avoidance and Evasion, Tax Notes, January 5, 2009, p. 109. Reprinted in Tax Notes International, Feb. 9, 2009, p. 519.

What to look for in proposed tax breaks,, Jan. 8, 2009.

A stimulus bill by any other name is...? Feb. 20, 2009.

Questions about nationalizing banks, March 10, 2009.

What next, after outrage?,, March 25, 2009.

Tax Reform Needs Businesses’ Help, Tax Notes, April 6, 2009, p. 85.

My Grandfather Went to Jail for Criminal Libel and We?re Proud of It, Communications Lawyer, July 2009, p.17.

Simplifying the Tax System Will Help Our Economy, Towards Tax Reform; Recommendations for President Obama's Task Force, Tax Analysts, September, 2009.

Needed: a new industrial policy that responds to things as they are now, not as they used to be,, Oct. 22, 2009.

Taxing the Rich Will Help Speed Our Economic Recovery, Tax Notes, Nov. 2, 2009, p. 569

The case for taxing the very rich,, Nov. 4, 2009

Some remedies for the Supreme Court power grab,, Jan. 26, 2010

Tax cuts are expenditures. Got that, reporters?,, April 14, 2010; reprinted in The Huffington Post, April 15, 2010 and Tax Notes Today, April 16, 2010.

Tax Expenditures Need to Be Cut Too, Tax Notes, May 10, 2010, p. 695.

Wall Street reform is complicated, so why should the press even bother with it?,, May 13, 2010.

Cut Tax Expenditures to Stimulate the Economy,, July 27, 2010.

If the Tea Party wins, who benefits? Not its members,, May 6, 2011.

Beware of Experts Bearing VATs, Tax Notes, May 9, 2011, p. 607.

Remember “too big to fail?” Want to see it again?,, May 27, 2011.

The future of our economy depends on how well the media covers the tax debate,, Sept. 27, 2011.

How many more crashes before we fix the economy?,, Dec. 23, 2011.

Intellectual Bankruptcy of Oil Subsidy Defenders, Tax Notes, May 7, 2012, p. 792.

Stop Whining About the Buffett Rule and Get on with Reform, Tax Notes, May 14, 2012, p. 875.

Worldwide Apportionment Would Stop Export of Jobs and Profits, Tax Notes, June 18, 2012, p. 1539.

Job destroying taxes? Ask pols, which ones are those?,, June 18, 2012.

Back to Basics or the 1890s?,, Tax Notes, Dec. 24, 2012, p. 1446.

Why is Treasury Protecting Tax Havens for Multinationals?, Tax Notes, April 22, 2013, p.433, reprinted in Huffington Post, April 22, 2013.

G-20 Proposal to End Tax Evasion Won’t Work, Huffington Post, May 2, 2013.

Keep It Simple Stupid: The Key to Tax Reform, Tax Notes, June 24, 2013, p. 1549; reprinted at Huffington Post, June 24, 2013.

Eliminate the Corporate Income Tax and Level the Playing Field, Tax Notes, Dec. 2, 2013, p. 967.

Should We Subsidize Multinationals or Repair Our Infrastructure?, Huffington Post, Jan. 28, 2014.

Increase Taxes or Cut Tax Subsidies for the Rich?, Tax Notes, March 17, 2014, p. 1275.

Why We are Losing the Tax Reform Debate, Huffington Post, April 1, 2014.


Partner, Lobel, Novins & Lamont, LLP 1972 to present

U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas Referee to decide claims by resellers to oil overcharge refunds, see In Re Dept. of Energy Stripper Well Exemption Litigation, 853 F.2d 1579, 1584 (TECA 1988) 

Assistant Professor of Law, University of Oklahoma Law School, 1966-1967

Congressional Fellow, American Political Science Association, Office of Hon. Gerald R. Ford and U.S. Senator William Proxmire, 1968

Legislative Assistant and chief investigative aide to U.S. Senator William Proxmire, 1968-1972

Professorial Lecturer, American University Law School, 1972 - 

Chairman, Board of Directors, Tax Analysts, 1972 - present


Order of the Coif

Maryland Business Tax Reform Commission (appointed by the Governor) 2008-present.

The District of Columbia Bar (Chairman, Consumers Affairs Committee, 1974-1975; Member, 1975-1978 and Chairman, 1977-1978, Steering Committee, Division of Antitrust and Consumer Affairs)

American Bar Association (Member: Subcommittee on Title Insurance, 1972-; Chairman, Subcommittee on Title Registration, 1982-3; Section on Real Property, Probate and Trust Law)

American Society of International Law (Member, Energy Task Force, 1975-1976)

Boston University Law School Alumni Association Board, President, Washington Chapter, 1992-3

Harvard Law School Association.

U. S. Supreme Court Cases:

DaimlerChrysler Corp. v. Cuno, No. 547 U.S. 332 (2006)(Of counsel to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, amicus)

Barclays Bank, PLC v. Franchise Tax Board & Colgate-Palmolive Co. v. Franchise Tax Board, 512 U.S. 298 (1994) (Filed two amici briefs, one on behalf of Congressmen Don Edwards, et al. and one of behalf of California Tax Reform Association, et al.)

Kraft Foods v. Iowa Dept. of Revenue, 505 U.S. 71 (1992) (Of counsel to the State and Local Legal Center, amicus)

Quill Corp. v. State of North Dakota, 504 U.S. 298 (1992) (Of counsel to the Multistate Tax Commission, amicus)

Franchise Tax Board v. Alcan Aluminium, Ltd., 493 U.S. 331 (1990) (Of counsel to the State and Local Legal Center, amicus)

Amerada Hess Corp. v. Director, Division of Taxation, 490 U.S. 66 (1989) (Of counsel to the State of New Jersey)

Goldberg v. Sweet, 488 U.S. 252 (1989) (Of counsel to the State and Local Legal Center, amicus)


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