Chambers USA and Legal 500 Recognize Caplin & Drysdale in 2010 Top Rankings

Chambers USA / The Legal 500

June 15, 2010
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Washington, D.C. – Two of the world's leading authorities on guides to the legal profession, Chambers and Partners (Chambers) and Legal 500 have recognized Caplin & Drysdale and several of its attorneys among the nation's best law firms and lawyers.

The boutique firm is listed in the prestigious Chambers guide as a national and D.C.-based player in Tax law with 12 attorneys recognized for their legal experience in 2010 - several more than last year.

This year, Chambers ranked the firm as a D.C.-based leader in key practice areas, including Tax (Controversy) and Government (Political Law), which it described as one with "substantive strength" and Fortune 500 companies, individual candidates in government ethics, lobbying, and tax-exempt organizations as clients. Caplin & Drysdale's Bankruptcy Restructuring practice also received a special nod for its "dominant presence in asbestos-related bankruptcy and restructuring" cases and its "preeminent" reputation for representing claimant committees.

Addressing the firm's distinguished tax controversy experience, Chambers praised Caplin & Drysdale for handling "sophisticated international tax, litigation, fraud, and tax-exempt organizations work" and highlighted its dealing with more than 400 "voluntary disclosure [cases] as well as carrying out substantial high-profile international tax work for foreign corporations and governments".

Caplin & Drysdale also received excellent reviews from the Legal 500, an international authority on the best lawyers around the globe, which listed the firm as a top tier law firm in Tax in the U.S., with emphasis in international tax and tax controversy. It gave Caplin & Drysdale top ranking in Corporate Restructuring as well.

Legal 500 gave the firm high marks for "partner-level commitment" to clients. According to insight provided by actual clients, its "high proportion of former IRS lawyers ensures effective negotiation whatever the [tax] controversy". Specific attorneys, who earned superlative marks, include Scott D. Michel, H. David Rosenbloom, Cono Namorato, Patricia G. Lewis, John Breen, Seth Green, James Mastracchio, Richard Skillman, Elihu Inselbuch, Trevor Swett, and Ann McMillan.

The 2010 Chambers USA ranked Caplin & Drysdale a top law firm in the following practice areas:

• Tax: Controversy – Nationwide
• Tax – District of Columbia
• Government: Political Law – Nationwide
• Bankruptcy/Restructuring – District of Columbia

Attorneys named top Chambers USA 2010 lawyers in the U.S. and Washington, D.C., include:

• H. David Rosenbloom – Tax: Controversy – Nationwide and Tax: District of Columbia
• Cono R. Namoroto – Tax: Fraud – Nationwide
• Scott D. Michel – Tax: Fraud – Nationwide and Tax: District of Columbia
• Marcus S. Owens – Tax: District of Columbia
• Patricia G. Lewis – Tax: District of Columbia
• Seth Green – Tax: District of Columbia
• Richard Skillman –Tax: District of Columbia
• Trevor Potter – Government: Political Law – Nationwide
• Joseph Birkenstock – Government: Political Law – Nationwide
• Peter Van Lockwood – Bankruptcy/Restructuring: District of Columbia
• Nathan Finch – Ranked Up and Coming in Bankruptcy/Restructuring - District of Columbia
• Beth Shapiro Kaufman – Wealth Management: Eastern Region

About Caplin & Drysdale
Caplin & Drysdale provides a full range of tax and legal services to companies, organizations, and individuals throughout the United States and around the world. The firm also provides exempt organization counseling, political activity law counseling, complex litigation services, employee benefits counseling, private client services, corporate law counseling, and white collar defense. For more information, visit

About Chambers
Chambers annually identifies and ranks the world's best lawyers and their clients worldwide. With a team of 100 full-time researchers, Chambers rankings are based on comprehensive, objective research into attorney backgrounds; thousands of extensive confidential interviews with clients; and overall industry perception. For more information, visit

About Legal 500
For more than twenty years, the Legal 500 has provided quality, authoritative and comprehensive worldwide coverage on the best legal services providers in more than 100 countries for commercial and private clients, corporate counsel, CEOs, and professional advisers. Visit  for more information.

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