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Although we still litigate, the bulk of our practice is now crisis management and representation of investigative journalists. We believe that success means that no one knows about a problem or, if it is already public, that we enlist all of Washington's resources to solve the problem. When we represented Westinghouse we broke the Uranium Cartel which threatened to bankrupt Westinghouse.


Practice areas


  1. Tax: 30%
    46 years, 8 cases
  2. Media: 30%
    46 years
  3. Unspecified: 20%
  4. Corporate: 20%
    46 years, 7 cases

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Law Offices of Lobel Novins & Lamont

888 17th Street Northwest
Suite 810
Washington, DC, 20006-3303


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
One of Washingtonian Magazine’s Top Lawyers in Washington, D.CWashingtonian Magazine2008
Who’s Who in American LawMarquis2008
Who’s Who in the WorldMarquis2008
Who’s WhoMarquis2008
Referee to oil overchargesU.S. District Court for the District of Kansas1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerLobel, Novins & Lamont, LLP1971 - Present
Legislative AssistantSenator Proxmire's Office1968 - 1971
Congressional FellowAmerican Political Science Association1967 - 1968
Assistant Professor of LawUniversity of Oklahoma Law School1966 - 1967
Association namePosition nameDuration
Boston University Law School Alumni Association Board, Washington Chapter, 1992-3President1992 - 1993
District of Columbia Bar, Steering Committee, Division of Antitrust and Consumer AffairsChairman1977 - 1978
District of Columbia BarChairman, Consumers Affairs Committee1974 - 1975
Tax AnalystsChairman of the Board1971 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
DaimlerChrysler Corp. v. Cuno, No. 04-1704 (2006)remanded
Barclays Bank, PLC v. Franchise Tax Board & Colgate-Palmolive Co. v. Franchise Tax Board, 512 U.S. 298 (1994)California unitary tax approved
Kraft Foods v. Iowa Dept. of Revenue, 505 U.S. 71 (1992)State tax law ruled unconstitutional
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Publication nameTitleDate
www.NiemanWatchDog.orgSome reemdies for the Supreme Court power grab2010
www.NiemanWatchDog.orgTax cuts are expenditures. Got that, reporters?2010
www.NiemanWatchDog.orgWall Street reform is complicated so why should the press even bother with it?2010
Tax NotesTax expenditures need to be cut too2010
www.NiemanWatchDog.orgIts time to do more than just say the economy is the No. 1 issue2010
www.NiemanWatchDog.orgCut tax expenditures to stimulate the economy2010
Tax NotesTerritorial Taxation: An Invitation to Tax Avoidance and Evasion2009
www.NiemanWatchDog.orgWhat to look for in proposed tax breaks2009
www.NIemanWatchDog.orgA stimulus bill by any other name2009
www.NiemanWatchDog.orgQuestions about nationalizing banks2009
www.NiemanWatchDog.orgWhat next, after outrage?2009
Tax NotesTax Reform Needs Business' Help2009
www.NiemanWatchDog.orgWhy aren't domestic corporations backing Obama on limiting offshore tax breaks?2009
Tax AnalystsSimplifying the Tax System will Help our Economy2009
www.NiemanWatchDog.orgNeeded: a new industrial policy that respons to things as they are now, not as they use to be2009
Tax NotesTaxing the rich will help speed our economic recovery2009
www.NiemanWatchDog.orgThe case for taxing the very rich2009
www.NiemanWatchDog.orgWhy the economy is cratering: a guide for reporters, Jan. 24, 20082008
www.Miller-McCune.comClean the Tax Code, April-May 2008.2008
www.NiemanWatchDog.orgRepublicans are conservative. Democrats are liberal. Got that?, April 27, 2008.2008
www.NiemanWatchDog.orgWhy gas is almost $4 a gallon and some ideas on what to do about it, May 1, 2008.2008
www.NiemanWatchDog.orgChange the economy? Change? How about some specifics?, June 11, 20082008,Of Course Lenders Stopped Lending. They’re not stupid, July 22, 2008.2008
www.NiemanWatchDog.orgQuestions for McCain and Obama on the economic carnage, September 16, 20082008
www.Miller-McCune.comA Free and Fair Market, September 16, 2008.2008
www.NiemanWatchDog.orgWhat’s the impact of the meltdown in your state?, September 17, 2008.2008
www.NiemanWatchDog.orgHow much will the Paulson package cost, and where’s the money coming from?, September 20, 20082008
www.NiemanWatchDog.orgLong-range issues in resolving the financial crisis, September 24, 2008.2008
www.NiemanWatchDog.orgIn the future, get information in time to prevent a crisis, Oct. 3, 2008.2008
www.NiemanWatchDog.orgRepublicans are Conservative, Democrats are liberal. Got that?2008
www.NiemanWatchDog.orgWhy gas is almost $4 a gallon and some ideas of what to do about it2008
www.NiemanWatchDog.orgChange the economy? Change? How about some specifics?2008
www.NiemanWatchDog.orgOf course lenders stopped lending. They're not stupid2008
www.NiemanWatchDog.orgQuestions for McCain and Obama on the economic carnage2008
www.Miller-McCune.comA Free and Fair Market2008
www.NiemanWatchDog.orgWhat's the impact of the meltdown in your state?2008
www.NiemanWatchDog.orgHow much will the Paulson package cost, and where's the money coming from?2008
www.NiemanWatchDog.orgLong-range issues in resolving the financial crisis2008
www.NiemanWatchDog.orgIn the future, get information in time to prevent a crisis2008
Tax NotesTax Reforms and Bailouts2008
www.NiemanWatchdog.orgLobbying Reform - another approach, Feb. 4, 2006.2006,What is there are no gains from reducing Mid-east oil imports?, Feb. 8, 2006 (co-authored with Henry Banta).2006
www.NiemanWatchDog.orgQ&A on Bush’s energy proposals, April 27, 20062006,Tax analyst sees press failure as partly to blame for looming economic crisis, Aug. 11, 20062006
Tax NotesThe Coming Economic Crisis, Sept. 11, 2006, p.983.2006
Tax NotesIncome Disparities And the Tax Code, Sept. 5, 2005, p. 11652005
www.NiemanWatchdog.orgPress seen as failing to deal with economic abuses, , Oct. 1, 20052005
Tax NotesWill the Administration’s Economic Policies Cost it the Election?, April 5, 2004, p. 1222004
Tax NotesThe Black Box Used to Justify Energy Tax Subsidies, July 21, 2003, p. 399 (co-authored with Henry Banta and Lee Helfrich2003
Tax NotesA Democratic Tax Plan?, August 25, 2003, p. 10572003
ABA State and Local Law NewsA State’s Obligation to Refund Unconstitutional Taxes, Fall 2002, p. 122002
Tax NotesTwo Simple Tax Reforms Would Eliminate Most Corporate Abuse, July 15, 2002, p2002
Tax NotesCurrent “Tax Reform” Proposals are Fraudulent, April 16, 2001, p. 5192001
Tax NotesDomestic Businesses Sacrificed to Multinationals, May 21, 2001, p. 13392001
Tax NotesTransfer Pricing and Oil Royalties: A Cautionary Tale, July 5, 1999, p. 151 (co-authored with Henry Banta and Lee Helfrich)2000
Tax NotesThe Great American Tax Dodge, Oct. 2, 2000, p.1452000
Tax NotesMyths, Tax Policy and the Oil Industry, March 15, 1999, p. 1675 (co-authored with Henry Banta and Lee Helfrich)1999
Tax NotesToo Big to Fail: The Big Six (Five?) Accounting Firms, Oct. 13, 1997, p. 2141997
Tax NotesWhither the IRS, Nov. 17, 1997, p. 8491997
Tax NotesA Toothless Tiger: The Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, June 17, 1996, p. 16991996
Tax NotesBarclays: A Test of the Administration's Willingness to Collect Taxes from Multinational Corporations, June 28, 1993, p. 1841 (co-authored with Henry Banta)1993
State Tax NotesPolitical Access Key to Upholding State Taxes, May 18, 19921992
State Tax NotesThe Supreme Court as Delphic Oracle, Nov. 19, 1992, p. 6831992
Tax NotesRefunding Unconstitutional Taxes, Tax Notes, July 29, 1991, p. 5811991
Tax NotesBillions in Windfall Profits Taxes Still to be Collected, Tax Notes, July 24, 1989, p. 445 (co-authored with Henry Banta)1989
11 University of Richmond Law Review 501, 1977A Proposal for a Title Registration System for Realty,1977
20 Oklahoma Law Review 381, 1967Elections: An Analysis of the Oklahoma Corrupt Practice Act,1967
51 Minnesota Law Review 1, 1966Federal Control of Campaign Contributions,1966
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolLawLL.M - Master of Laws1966
Boston University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1965
Boston UniversityPolitical ScienceAB1962