Caplin & Drysdale

IRS Insiders

In 1964 Mortimer Caplin, a former Commissioner of Internal Revenue who served under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, founded a firm with tax attorney Douglas Drysdale. Since then, the firm has recruited heavily from the top rungs of the IRS (for who knows better how to protect you from an audit than the auditors themselves?), as well as the U.S. Treasury and Justice departments.

Today, Caplin & Drysdale specializes in minimizing clients' tax liabilities, keeping abreast of ever-changing tax laws and finding innovative solutions to the tax problems of wealthy individual clients as well as businesses. At the same time, the firm works with the government to benefit clients trying to resolve tax controversies, planning transactions or seeking rulings from the IRS.

Caplin & Drysdale'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.

Counsel for Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow

When Caplin & Drysdale added a political activity practice group to advise clients on compliance with campaign finance and PAC laws, government ethics requirements, lobbying registration, and related government affairs issues, it probably didn't realize the limelight the new department would bring to the firm. Comedian Stephen Colbert-who has a penchant for inserting himself into the political arena with the politicos he satires-picked Trevor Potter, a campaign and election attorney in the firm's DC political law practice, to represent Colbert's SuperPAC-Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow-founded in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election. Potter, who formerly served as general counsel to John McCain in the 2000 and 20008 elections and helped draft the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, semi-regularly appears on The Colbert Report to advise his client on the sometimes convoluted ins and outs of campaign finance law.  Even before his partnership with Colbert, the ABA Journal picked Potter as one of a handful of "lawyers who may run America."

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Caplin & Drysdale

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 2013: 70

  • Employment Contact

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

  • Base Salary

    BASE SALARY (2013)
    1st year: $145,000

  • 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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