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Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered

About Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered

With offices in Washington, DC, and New York City, Caplin & Drysdale prides itself on staying lean in an era when some law firms are ballooning to seemingly gargantuan proportions.

Top in Tax

Caplin & Drysdale was founded by Mortimer Caplin, former commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. He also once graced the cover of Time magazine in 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 tax law at the school for more than 20 years. Starting with only six lawyers, Caplin & Drysdale now boasts a team of more than 60 lawyers.

Caplin & Drysdale is recognized as one of the nation's top tax practices. National and international rankings list Caplin & Drysdale’s tax practice alongside those of firms 10 and 20 times its size. The firm's lawyers are often quoted in leading industry publications such as Tax Notes Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Bloomberg BNA. Although the firm only has two offices, it has a global footprint with corporate and individual clients from around the world.  Caplin & Drysdale attorneys consider themselves “lawyers’ lawyers”—having served as legal advisors to a number of law firms.

The tax practice encompasses tax planning, tax litigation, tax controversies, international tax, transfer pricing, tax-exempt organizations, employee benefits, trust and estate planning, expatriation planning, and criminal tax defense work.

Not a One-Stop Shop

In addition to its tax-oriented practices, the firm includes a litigation practice centered on insolvencies, corporate reorganizations in bankruptcy, creditors’ rights representation, and other complex financial and commercial disputes, including matters that cross national boundaries. Caplin & Drysdale also boasts a national political law practice that provides businesses, nonprofits, politicians, candidates, and lobbyists with timely, concise counsel on the high-stakes legal issues that involve "pay-to-play" restrictions, lobbying regulations, campaign finance laws, and ethics rules.  Much like the firm’s tax attorneys, the litigators and political law attorneys are highly ranked in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers, and other top rankings.

Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered

One Thomas Circle, NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 862-5000

Firm Stats

Chairman: J. Clark Armitage
Recruiting Chair: Kirsten Burmester
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
50 - 100

Base Salary

1st year: $170,000
Summer Associate: $3,250/week

Employment Contact

Nawel Moreno
Attorney & Paralegal Recruitment Manager
(202) 862-5010

No. of U.S. Offices: 2

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

New York, NY
Washington, DC (HQ)

Major Departments

Complex Litigation
Corporate Law
Business, Investment & Transactional Tax
Employee Benefits
Exempt Organizations
International Tax
Political Law
Private Client
Tax Controversies
Tax Crimes
Tax Litigation
White Collar Defense