Megan E. Wernke
Caplin & Drysdale
Megan E. Wernke Member

P: (202) 862-5088

F: (202) 429-3301

Washington, D.C. Office


Megan E. Wernke is a Member in the Private Client practice group. Ms. Wernke advises wealthy individuals and the fiduciaries of large estates and trusts on a wide range of sophisticated tax and estate planning matters. Her practice includes developing tax-efficient estate plans, addressing clients’ business succession and creditor protection goals, and helping clients come into compliance with U.S. tax requirements, all while ensuring that clients’ non-tax objectives are met.

With her significant experience in tax controversies and litigation, Ms. Wernke advises clients with respect to substantial gift tax, estate tax, generation-skipping tax, and fiduciary income tax issues at all stages of controversy: voluntary disclosures, ruling requests, audits, IRS Appeals, and in court.

Ms. Wernke also assists existing clients with probate and trust administration.

Professional Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association: Section of Taxation; Section of Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law
  • Member, D.C. Bar Association: Taxation Section; Estates, Trusts, and Probate Law Section
  • Member, Washington, D.C. Estate Planning Council

Practice Area(s)

Awards & Rankings

  • Chambers High Net Worth Guide, Up and Coming, 2018-Present
  • American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel, Mid-Atlantic Fellows Institute 2019-20
  • The Legal 500, Recommended 2020
  • The Washingtonian, Top Lawyers, 2020

Recent News

Speaking Engagements

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Recent Publications

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  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2006, cum laude, Executive Editor, Harvard Law Review, Ames Moot Court Competition Semifinalist
  • A.B., Princeton University, 2003, cum laude, Grace May Tilton Thesis Prize in Fine Arts

Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
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