Samuel Olchyk

Olchyk Samuel

Sam Olchyk leads Venable's Tax and Retirement Policy practice. Sam advises businesses on tax and retirement policy issues involving the U.S. Congress, the Treasury Department, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and state tax authorities. As a tax attorney and certified public accountant (with nearly nine years with the Senate Finance Committee and the U.S. Joint Committee on Taxation), Sam assists companies in all aspects of the tax policy process – including the development and implementation of legislative strategy and the administrative guidance process, and their presentation for tax and financial accounting purposes.

Sam's clients, in industries that include hospitality and travel, retail, manufacturing, and financial services, regularly seek his counsel on federal and state tax matters. As a former tax counsel with the Senate Finance Committee, Sam worked on numerous domestic tax policy initiatives affecting corporations and pass-through entities that were enacted into law. While with the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, Sam assisted members of Congress with the development and analysis of legislative tax proposals. He also worked on several special reports and investigations conducted by the committee staff, including the Committee's investigation of Enron, allegations relating to the IRS handling of tax-exempt organizations, and efforts to simplify the federal tax system.


Government Experience

  • Legislative Counsel, Joint Committee on Taxation, United States Congress
  • Tax Counsel, Senate Finance Committee, United States Congress




  • LL.M. New York University School of Law 1987
  • J.D. University of Texas School of Law 1985
  • B.B.A. University of Texas 1982

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, State Bar of Texas, Section of Taxation
  • Member, Tax Section, District of Columbia Bar (DC Bar)
  • Author of an in-depth daily compilation of tax policy issues read by industry professionals, clients, congressional offices, and executive branch officials
  • Licensed certified public accountant in the state of Texas


  • Spanish


  • The Best Lawyers in America, Tax Law, 2024