October 1, 2018

Cornerstone Government Affairs Adds Ways & Means Tax Counsel Staffer

Washington, D.C. – Cornerstone Government Affairs announced Monday the addition of John Sandell, as a Senior Vice President to the firm. John comes to the firm after having spent the past seven years on the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Staff.

“We are delighted to add a person of John’s caliber to Cornerstone,” the firm’s president and managing director Geoff Gonella said. “His relationships, subject matter expertise and reputation are tremendous on both sides of the aisle. He will add enormous capabilities in tax policy to our growing team and will immediately make a positive impact on our client service activities.”

John previously held the position Tax Counsel for the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Tax Staff, where he provided advice, staffed, and briefed the Chairman, Members and senior staff on tax law and tax policy. In this position, John served Chairman Kevin Brady, former Chairman Paul Ryan, and former Chairman Dave Camp. John’s expertise developed through the drafting and advancement of various tax legislation including: the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; the 2015 PATH Act and CR/Omnibus; the FAST Act; the American Health Care Act; the King v. Burwell plan; the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, the 2014 Camp Draft, and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, among others. Prior to his position as Tax Counsel, John served the Committee as a law clerk, utilizing the law degree he received from George Mason School of Law.

“After seven great years at the Ways and Means Committee and the chance to serve Chairman Brady during his work on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and Tax 2.0, I look forward to taking on a fresh and exciting new perspective with Cornerstone Government Affairs,” said John Sandell. “Honest and principled advocacy from stakeholders is an important part of the legislative process, and I am excited for the opportunity to seek out creative and pragmatic bipartisan solutions to the policy and process challenges facing our leaders today.”


Cornerstone Government Affairs, Inc. is a full-service, bipartisan public affairs firm with 70+ professionals and offices in Washington, DC, Annapolis, MD, Atlanta, GA, Austin, TX, Baton Rouge, LA, Chicago, IL, Des Moines, IA, Houston, TX, Jackson, MS, and Springfield, IL. Cornerstone represents a diverse group of clients from myriad industries and sectors, and maintains expertise in a wide range of issue areas, including agriculture, cyber security, defense, education, energy, health, homeland security, international affairs, tax policy, telecommunications, and transportation and infrastructure. For more information, please visit Cornerstone’s website at www.cgagroup.com.