Leah Samit Robinson leads Mayer Brown’s State & Local Tax group and is a member of the Tax Transactions & Consulting practice. A partner in the firm’s New York office, she advises public and private business entities on state and local tax planning, controversy and litigation.
She provides national and state tax strategy and audit assistance for clients on a full range of tax matters, including nexus, combination and apportionment, and net operating loss issues. She is the co-author of the chapter on “Appeals” in State Business Taxes (Law Journal Press 2009).
Leah regularly advises on the sales tax characterization of goods and services, with a particular focus on digital services and software as a service issues. Leah has litigated a number of sales tax cases but is sensitive to most companies’ preference to resolve matters without litigation.
She is particularly well-known for her advocacy in New York City and New York State, as well as for advising on the impact of the massive New York tax reform undertaken in 2014 and 2015. She was appointed to the New York City Department of Finance Commissioner’s Advisory Board (2014–present) as well as to the city’s Pass-Through Taxation Working Group (2014–present), a think tank formed by the Department of Finance to assist with bringing reform to the city’s Unincorporated Business Tax. Leah has been a principal drafter of six reports issued by the New York State Bar Association Tax Section commenting on tax reform legislation and proposed draft regulations and one report issued by the New York City Bar Tax Section. She is the author of the “In a New York Minute” column published by State Tax Notes.
Leah is also well known for her advocacy in New Jersey tax disputes, covering income tax and sales tax matters. Leah was counsel or co-counsel in disputes related to New Jersey’s now-defunct throwout rule (Pfizer), taxation of extraterritorial income (IBM), treatment of limited partners (Preserve II), taxation of partnerships (Pulte Homes), apportionment of income from securitized loan portfolios (Capital One), and sales taxation of temporary help services (Labor Ready) and electricity distribution charges (Atlantic City Showboat). She has been appointed to the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on the Tax Court (2017–2018 term) and authors the State Tax Notes column, “The Jersey Short—Everything You Need to Know about New Jersey Tax.” She is an editor of BNA’s Corporate Income Tax Navigator (New Jersey).
Previously, as a tax lawyer with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel in New York City, she was part of the strategic trial team handling the largest section 482 transfer pricing controversy in history.
In 2019, Leah was named to Law360's inaugural list of “Influential Women in Tax Law,” which spotlights attorneys who have provided outstanding service to their clients and the public, while changing the dynamics at their workplace.
New York University School of Law, LLM
Rutgers University School of Law, JD
Rutgers College, BA
- New Jersey
- New York
- US Supreme Court
- American Bar Association, Tax Section – member, State and Local Tax Committee – Executive Committee member (2010 – present), Practitioners’ Roundtable, chair (2015 – 2017), Income and Net Worth Taxes Subcommittee, co-chair (2013 – 2015)
- American Bar Association, Sales and Use Tax Desk Book, editorial board member (2014 – present)
- Bloomberg BNA, Corporate Income Tax Navigator (New Jersey), editor (2016 – present)
- Cornell State and Local Tax Group – member (2012 – present)
- Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT), Income Tax Section – member, Sales Tax Section – member, Standing Legal Committee – appointed member (2015)
- Journal of Multistate Taxation and Incentives, editorial board member (2013 – present)
- Law360 Tax Advisory Board, member (2017 – present)
- Lexis Practice Advisor Magazine, advisory board member (2015 – present)
- New Jersey Bar Association, Tax Section – member, State and Local Tax Section Directors’ Liaison Subcommittee – member (2009 – present)
- New York State City Association, Tax section – voting member
- New York State Bar Association, Tax section – member
- New York State Tax Ladies Lunch Group, Founder, 2008-present
- New York University State Tax Study Group – member (2008 – present)
- Thomas Reuters Checkpoint Catalyst, E-Commerce platform, primary editor (2013 – present)
- Named to Law360’s inaugural list of “Influential Women in Tax Law” in 2019.
- Listed as a Recognized Practitioner in New York Tax in Chambers USA.
- Named a New York Metro Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016).
- Recognized in The Legal 500 USA Guidebook (2011, 2015).
- Participant in the BNA State Tax Board Advisory Roundtable (July 2014). The annual roundtable is a discussion among five to eight hand-selected practitioners regarding the most relevant topics in state tax today.
- Awarded the Institute for Professionals in Taxation’s (IPT) 2011 Income Tax Article of the Year for co-authoring “The Shifting Landscape of the Work Product Doctrine,” Institute for Professionals In Taxation September 2010 Tax Report.