Leanne Sobel is a Senior Associate with Oscar L. Garza & Associates, P.C. With over 10 years of experience, Leanne focuses her practice on regulatory and transaction tax matters, and related U.S. Customs regulations, affecting trading of refined petroleum products and other energy commodities. Her tax practice covers all aspects of compliance with federal and state excise taxes including federal and state registrations, federal and state motor fuel excise taxes and environmental fees, federal biofuel tax credits and taxes and fees due on importation, including oil spill fees. In addition, Leanne advises clients on energy tax-related legislative and policy issues on Capitol Hill and in the executive branch.
In her U.S. Customs practice Leanne advises clients on matters relating to importing crude oil, petroleum products and biofuels into the United States, trade preference programs, Foreign Trade Zone issues and issues arising from the Jones Act rules regarding coastwise trade. Leanne’s experience also includes advising on U.S. trade and foreign policy, such as issues related to obtaining export licenses from the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security to allow U.S. persons to export items that are subject to the export control regulations, compliance with the foreign assets control programs applicable to U.S. persons, extraterritorial sanctions laws and antiboycott laws. She has counseled firms regarding transactions and investments involving the governments, nationals and products of countries subject to trade sanctions and, where necessary, assisted them in obtaining licenses from the U.S. Department of Treasury to enter into transactions otherwise prohibited or with respect to blocked property.
Leanne graduated with honors from St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford where she received her JD and MA. She is a member of the New York Bar and the District of Colombia Bar.