Leah Samit Robinson advises public and private corporations on state and local tax planning, policy, controversy and litigation. Nationally recognized for her advocacy in tax disputes with New York State, New York City and New Jersey, she provides national state tax strategy for clients on a full range of tax matters, including nexus, income tax apportionment and combination planning, sales tax characterization of products, and audit defense, controversy and litigation.

Leah represents clients in a wide range of industries, including the financial services, insurance, energy, technology and retail sectors. She is the author of two columns published by State Tax Notes:  “The Jersey Short—Everything You Need to Know about New Jersey Tax” and “In a New York Minute,” focusing on New York City and New York State issues. Leah is a frequent speaker at events hosted by the Council On State Taxation, the Institute for Professionals in Taxation, the Tax Executives Institute and other organizations. 
Previously, as a tax attorney with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel in New York City, she was part of the strategic trial attorney litigation team handling the largest section 482 transfer pricing controversy in history.

Awards and Rankings

Selected for inclusion in New York Metro Super Lawyers® “Rising Stars” (2013- 2016)

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of tax (2011); domestic tax (2015)

Recipient, Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT) Income Tax Article of the Year for "The Shifting Landscape of the Work Product Doctrine," IPT September 2010 Tax Report (2011)

Professional Activities

Founder, New York State Tax Ladies Lunch Group (2008-present)
Member, Tax Section, American Bar Association; Executive Committee Member, State and Local Tax Committee (2010-present); Co-Chair, Income and Net Worth Taxes Subcommittee (2013-present); and Co-Chair, Technology Subcommittee (2010-2012)
Member, Tax Section, New York State Bar Association
Member, Tax Section, New York City Bar Association
Member, Tax Section, and Member, State and Local Tax Section Directors' Liaison Subcommittee (2009-present), New Jersey Bar Association
Member, Income Tax Section and Sales Tax Section, Institute for Professionals in Taxation

  • LL.M., New York University School of Law
  • J.D., Rutgers University Law School
  • B.A., Rutgers College
Bar Admissions
  • New Jersey
  • New York

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