With offices in Washington, DC and New York City, Caplin &
Drysdale prides itself on staying lean and maintaining a laser-like
focus in an era when some law firms are ballooning to seemingly
Top in Tax
Caplin & Drysdale, which just celebrated its 50th
anniversary, was founded by two men who know taxation very
well. Mortimer Caplin was a the commissioner of the Internal
Revenue Service for three years in the early 1960s under Presidents
Kennedy and Johnson and he once graced the cover of Time
Magazine, an issue dedicated to taxation. The firm's
co-founder Douglas Drysdale had been a student of Caplin's at the
University of Virginia School of Law and he himself went on to
teach at taxation at the school for more than 20 years. Starting
with only six people, Caplin & Drysdale has grown purposefully
and now boasts a team of nearly 70 lawyers.
Caplin & Drysdale is recognized as one of the nation's top
tax boutique practices. The firm's lawyers are often quoted in
leading industry publications such as Tax Notes Today,
The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and
Although the firm only has two offices, it still has a global
footprint offering a full range of tax, tax controversy, and
related legal services to companies, nonprofits, professional
service providers, and individuals throughout the United States and
around the world. Caplin & Drysdale's other legal services
include bankruptcy, complex litigation, corporate law, creditors'
rights, employee benefits, exempt organizations, political
activity, private client services, and white collar defense.
IN THE NEWS
New Version of Tax Guide Created to Help Employers
Caplin & Drysdale in collaboration with the Center for
America, announced the creation of a simple, user-friendly guide to
help employers take advantage of tax credits available for hiring
qualified veterans. Firm President Beth Shapiro Kaufman and
Associate Elizabeth J. Stevens updated the Guide in 2016 to include
legislation enacted by Congress in late 2015 changing and extending
tax breaks for employers who hire veterans.
Beth Kaufman Named President of Caplin &
Scott Michel, who held the reins for eight years, commented
"Beth brings significant and proven leadership skills, as well as
extensive knowledge, experience, and wisdom to the position. Under
Beth's leadership, we will continue to strengthen our
client-focused philosophy and collegial culture."
Reaching out to the community is essential to Caplin &
Drysdale's core values of Excellence, Scholarship, Community, and
Family. Therefore, to honor the communities in which Caplin &
Drysdale maintains its offices-Washington, D.C., and New York
City-the firm has launched "Caplin Cares for a Cause," a charitable
concern that will donate funds and volunteer time to charities and
entities that serve these communities.