Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered at a Glance


  • Partners are incredibly personable, yet also brilliant at what they do”
  • Sophisticated work”
  • Work/life balance”


  • “The pay is not as high as it could be”
  • “Some of the technology is a bit outdated”
  • “Decision-making is not all that transparent”

About Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered

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 gargantuan proportions.

Top in Tax

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014, Caplin & Drysdale was founded by Mortimer Caplin, a former commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service who served under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, and by Douglas Drysdale who taught on the procedural aspects of taxation at the University of Virginia School of Law for more than 20 years. The two teamed up to form a law firm that focused on what each lawyer knew best--tax. Starting with only six people, the firm has grown purposefully and now boasts a team of 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 Bloomberg BNA.

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.

The firm's other tax and non-tax legal services include bankruptcy, complex litigation, corporate law, creditors' rights, employee benefits, exempt organizations, political activity, private client services and white collar defense.

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Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered

One Thomas Circle, N.W.
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-862-5000
Fax: 202-429-3301


  • Employer Type: Private
  • President: Scott D. Michel
  • Hiring Partner: Niles A. Elber
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 70

  • Employment Contact
    Nawel Amerg
    Attorney & Paralegal Recruitment Manager
    Phone: (202) 862-5010
    Fax: (202) 429-3301

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $145,000
    Summer Associate: $2,750 (2L)/week or $2,500 (1L)/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    4 out of 4 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Complex Litigation
    Corporate Law
    Corporate, Business & Transactional Tax
    Creditors' Rights
    Employee Benefits
    Exempt Organizations
    International Tax
    Political Law
    Private Client
    Tax Controversies
    Tax Crimes
    Tax Litigation
    White Collar Defense

Major Office Locations

  • Washington, DC (HQ)
  • New York, NY

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