Melissa Gierach joined DLA Piper as an advisor in federal policy and regulatory affairs, with specific focus in the area of tax policy.

Prior to joining DLA Piper, she served as a senior advisor of tax policy on Capitol Hill for nearly ten years, having worked for multiple senior Members of Congress seated on top-tier committees of jurisdiction within the House of Representatives. Additionally, Melissa spent the latter years of her Capitol Hill tenure in service to the Subcommittee Chairman of Tax Policy on the House Ways and Means Committee.

While working on Capitol Hill, Melissa was focused on comprehensive tax reform efforts, with a more granular focus on the international tax space impacting multinational business. She developed, drafted and introduced more than a dozen pieces of stand-alone legislation in the tax space, as well as the intersection of tax and health care. She developed bipartisan legislation known as Innovation Box highlighted early in the 114th Congress by both the Ways and Means Committee, as well as House Leadership, as a potential alternative or step in the larger discussion of comprehensive tax reform.

Most recently, Melissa has focused her practice on advising clients with respect to areas of concern following passage of tax reform, as well as in-depth advisement across all aspects of the newly created Opportunity Zones provision, including active engagement throughout the development of O Zone regulatory guidance.

Melissa Gierach is not a lawyer.