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  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2004
  • B.A., The College of William & Mary, 2001

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Leila D. Carney

Of Counsel, Washington, D.C.
(202) 862-7865 | v-card | PDF

Leila Carney rejoined Caplin & Drysdale in January 2018 as Of Counsel to the firm's D.C. office.  Ms. Carney's practice focuses on domestic tax controversy and planning for individual and corporate clients.


Ms. Carney has advised clients on creating business practices that are in compliance with changing regulatory regimes, including those governing taxpayer consent to disclosure of tax return information, foreign bank account reporting (FBAR), and nonqualified deferred compensation plans. She has also submitted protests and handled administrative appeals, as well as submitted ruling requests and assisted clients in submitting comments on proposed regulations.

Additionally, Ms. Carney has represented clients in sensitive audits with a risk of allegations of tax fraud or securities fraud. She has represented clients on collection matters such as installment agreements, offers in compromise, lien releases, and innocent spouse petitions. Ms. Carney is also experienced in obtaining tax-exempt status for public and private charities, in addition to trade associations.

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