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Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys Advance in Chambers Ranking for Private Wealth Law

July 23, 2018, Chambers High Net Worth Guide

Attorneys in Caplin & Drysdale's Private Client Group have once again been recognized by Chambers High Net Worth Guide (“Chambers HNW Guide”) as “Leaders in their Field” for Private Wealth Law in the District of Columbia and the Eastern Region of the United States.

Elevated from Band 2 to Band 1 in the District of Columbia is Beth Shapiro Kaufman, who is also ranked in Band 2 in the USA: Eastern Region. Michael G. Pfeifer, formerly ranked in Band 3 in the District of Columbia and in the USA: Eastern Region, is now ranked in Band 2 in both regions, along with his colleague Anne J. O'Brien. New to the ranking is Megan E. Wernke, who is ranked “Up and Coming” in the District of Columbia.

The Group is ranked in Band 2 in the District of Columbia and in Band 4 nationally.

The firm's Private Client Group counsels individuals and families on domestic and cross-border tax and estate planning issues, including the use of trusts, partnerships, corporations, foundations, and wills, as well as the application of tax treaties. The Group represents domestic and international clients in disputes with the IRS regarding their income, estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax liabilities. Clients rely on the Group’s guidance on tax compliance issues, including pre- and post-immigration issues for international clients. Additionally, Caplin & Drysdale is one of the few firms in the nation with a focus on expatriation planning. The team draws upon their vast experience both in private practice and in government service to bring a uniquely informed perspective to client service.

Commentary in the 2018 Chambers HNW Guide from clients and peers is further testimony to the tailored and thoughtful approach taken by the Group when working with clients in the domestic and international high-net-worth community.

What People Are Saying (Source: 2018 Chambers HNW Guide)

Beth Shapiro Kaufman
She is “a guru” and “a leader in the community” who has the “ability to negotiate complicated tax matters.”

"She has fantastic attention to detail. She is an excellent writer who really expresses her work clearly."

"She is very studious and understands tax law very well.”

Anne J. O'Brien
"She is an extraordinary trust and estate attorney, gifted at understanding complex structures."

"She has so many accolades and is recognized as an authority in her field."

"She is great on cross-border issues. She adds gravitas to the firm's international acumen and abilities."

Michael G. Pfeifer
"An expert on foreign trust taxation, and particularly on expatriation for American HNWs looking to leave the U.S. tax net."

"He is senior, he has plenty of experience and has been around a long time. He is extremely knowledgeable and plays well with clients. I rate him highly."

"Technically very strong and provides great insight."

Megan E. Wernke
"Super-good technically."

"She is very good with clients and very helpful."


About Caplin & Drysdale
Celebrating our 55th Anniversary in 2019, Caplin & Drysdale continues to be a leading provider of legal services to corporations, individuals, and nonprofits throughout the United States and around the world. We are also privileged to serve as legal advisors to accounting firms, financial institutions, law firms, and other professional services organizations.

The firm's reputation over the years has earned us the trust and respect of clients, industry peers, and government agencies. Moreover, clients rely on our broad knowledge of the law and our keen insights into their business concerns and personal interests. Our lawyers' strong tactical and problem-solving skills -- combined with substantial experience handling a variety of complex, high stakes, matters in a boutique environment -- make us one the nation's most distinctive law firms.

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