Ronald Szabat

Ronald Szabat is a Lawyer and Lobbyist specializing in healthcare and the corporate and tax law issues of exempt organizations.  He currently serves as Director of Government Affairs & Clinical Practice for the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at its Washington, DC, headquarters.  Just prior to joining AACAP, he was Managing Principal at RPS Advocacy, LLC, a direct, grassroots, and coalition lobbying firm, with an emphasis on physician issues.  His clients included leading state and national medical specialty organizations.  Until June 2012, he served as an Executive Vice President and the General Counsel for the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), managing its Washington, DC Office.  In that capacity, his duties included functioning as the Society’s chief political strategist and counsel while lobbying Congress and the Administration.  Mr. Szabat came to ASA in October 2004 as Director of Governmental and Legal Affairs.

Immediately prior to joining ASA as one of its senior executives, Mr. Szabat served for over ten years as the American Medical Association's (AMA) Chief Washington Counsel where he supervised six attorneys.  In 1998, he also was named as the Executive Secretary of the AMA's Council on Legislation, an advisory unit to AMA's Board of Trustees.  From 1991 until 1993, he worked as an AMA Congressional Lobbyist.  From 1987 until 1991, he served as AMA's Washington Legislative Attorney.  

A native of Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Mr. Szabat moved full-time to Washington, DC, in 1982, to serve as legislative assistant to former U.S. Representative Doug Walgren (PA).  Thereafter, he served as Executive Director of a special political project under the leadership of former Senator Dennis DeConcini (AZ), former Representative William O. Lipinski (IL) and 15 other Members of Congress.  Prior to his Hill experience, Mr. Szabat clerked with Pennsylvania Common Pleas Court Judge William E. Breene.  He spent summers during college working in Washington, DC, at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and at law school, he served as a legal research assistant, helping to edit and write a law text on international tax and trade issues.

Mr. Szabat received his Master of Laws in Taxation degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in May 1991.  He also holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (1981) and was graduated from Haverford College with a B.A. degree in economics (1978).

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