Areas of Practice
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1974
  • Harvard University, B.A., cum laude, 1971
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

R. Timothy Columbus

Senior Counsel
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 6222
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

R. Timothy Columbus is senior counsel in Steptoe's Washington office, where he is a member of the Government Affairs & Public Policy Group, focusing on government relations.

He advises on legislative and administrative matters before the federal government, specifically on matters before the energy, commerce, environment, and revenue committees of the US Congress.

In addition, Mr. Columbus represents clients in the petroleum and convenience store industries.

Before joining Steptoe, Mr. Columbus was a member and chairman of the Government Relations and Public Policy Practice Group at the law firm Collier Shannon Scott.  He has served as a Director of both private and publicly held corporations.

Representative Matters

  • Counsel to the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America with respect to all federal legislative and administrative issues relating to the marketing of petroleum products.
  • General Counsel and Legislative Counsel to the National Association of Convenience Stores.
  • Court-appointed custodian of Cumberland Farms, Inc.; Antitrust and Petroleum Marketing Practices Act (PMPA) Counsel to Cumberland Farms in its acquisition of the Gulf marketing assets in the northeastern United States; and Counsel to Cumberland Farms in its successful defense of litigation brought under the PMPA challenging its acquisition of the Gulf marketing assets.
  • Antitrust Counsel to Power Test Petroleum Corporation in its acquisition of the Getty marketing assets in the northeastern United States from Texaco, Inc.
  • General and Legislative Counsel to the American Car Rental Association.
  • Washington Counsel for Total Petroleum, Inc., an integrated independent refiner and marketer of motor fuels and other petroleum products.
  • Legislative Counsel to the World Floor Covering Association.
  • A member of the Clinton transition team, having line responsibility for the review of Treasury Department law enforcement agencies.
  • Counsel to the Alliance for Capitol Access before the House of Representatives and Senate banking committees.
  • Counsel for Petrojam Limited before the US Congress in its successful effort to amend the US tariff schedules to provide for duty-free treatment of its ethanol production.


  • Recommended, Legal 500 US 2012, Finance: Not-for-Profit

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