Our Firm
Caplin & Drysdale

For more than half a century, Caplin & Drysdale has been a leading provider of a full range of tax, tax controversy, and related legal services to companies, organizations, and individuals throughout the United States and around the world. With offices in New York City and Washington, D.C., the firm also offers counseling on matters relating to bankruptcy, complex litigation, corporate law, creditors' rights, employee benefits, exempt organizations, political activity, private client services, and white collar defense.  Our ranks include former senior staff from the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Treasury, the Federal Election Commission, and the Justice Department.  Their substantial technical skill and considerable knowledge on how laws are made and administered illustrate our commitment to serving clients in a holistic and solution-oriented manner.

Message from the President of the Firm

For over 55 years, Caplin & Drysdale has been synonymous with responsive, creative, and sophisticated legal services. Our clients view us not just as effective advocates and excellent legal technicians, but also as professionals who give straight answers and anticipate problems before they become costly. Our goal is to produce a quality work product to help meet the client's strategic objectives.

In an era of mega-firms, we remain small and nimble. Our staffing is lean, and our clients have immediate and direct access to the right attorney who possesses the experience and background needed to work on the specific problem at hand. We are proud to offer the know-how and experience to rival the largest firms combined with the efficiency that characterizes a legal boutique.

To learn more about Caplin & Drysdale, please review the information on the website or contact any of our attorneys. We look forward to serving you.

– Ann C. McMillan


Message from the Founders


When we started this firm more than half a century ago, our commitment was to provide comprehensive tax legal services of the highest quality. In the beginning, we recruited heavily from the top staff  at IRS, Treasury, and Justice Department, amassing an excellent reserve of technical skill as well as considerable knowledge on how tax law is made and administered. As the firm grew, we continued to hire former government lawyers and added breadth to our cadre by hiring and training young lawyers who had served in judicial clerkships or had otherwise demonstrated exceptional promise.

Our style of practice was aimed at minimizing our clients' tax liabilities without compromising the ethical principles that are essential to the integrity of the tax system. We soon earned a reputation among clients for mastering the complex and ever changing tax laws and for finding well-conceived, innovative solutions to tax problems. At the same time, we earned the trust and respect of government officials - a benefit to clients who are planning transactions, seeking rulings from the IRS, or trying to resolve tax controversies. To meet client needs, we later recruited experienced practitioners who could provide non-tax legal services such as commercial litigation and corporate counseling.

Along the way, we were pleased to find ourselves in a collegial workplace surrounded by attorneys dedicated to excellence in the profession and service to clients. As the younger generation has assumed the management of the firm, we are delighted to see that its culture and focus remain fundamentally the same as they were at inception.

– Mortimer Caplin & Douglas Drysdale

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