Caplin & Drysdale Elects Three New Members

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Firm Promotes Lawyers from Tax, Political Law, and Exempt Organizations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 2, 2015: Caplin & Drysdale today announced that Dianne C. Mehany, Matthew T. Sanderson, and Brendan M. Wilson have been elected Members of the Firm. "The promotion of Dianne, Matt, and Brendan to the Firm's Membership reflects each lawyer's ongoing commitment to providing the highest quality legal services," said Beth Shapiro Kaufman, President of the Firm. "Our new Members play an integral role in the success of our clients, and we are pleased to welcome them into our Member ranks."

Dianne C. Mehany is a Member of the International Tax, Private Client, and Tax Controversies practice groups.  Her practice focuses on counseling corporate and high-net-worth taxpayers on international tax planning and tax controversies, including inbound and outbound tax planning, foreign tax credits, tax treaties, tax audits, and FATCA planning and compliance. Her experience encompasses tax compliance of individuals, companies, and financial institutions in the cross-border context, such as FATCA reporting, reporting of interests in foreign trusts, and offshore financial accounts and assets. Ms. Mehany's practice also covers income and succession planning for wealthy individuals and families, including foreign trusts, pre-immigration planning, and expatriations. Moreover, she has extensive experience advising individual and corporate clients in federal, civil, and criminal tax controversy matters.  

Matthew T. Sanderson is a Member of Caplin & Drysdale's Political Law Group. He helps corporations, political committees, candidates, and advocacy groups comply with the increasingly numerous and complex federal, state, and local laws that govern political activity and commercial interaction with public-sector clients. Specifically, Mr. Sanderson advises clients on campaign-finance, "pay-to-play", ethics, and lobbying rules. Mr. Sanderson served as Outside Counsel for Governor Rick Perry's 2012 presidential campaign, Legal Counsel to Governor Mitt Romney's Commonwealth PACs, Campaign Finance Counsel for Senator John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, and General Counsel for a government reform commission created by Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr.  He, along with the rest of The Colbert Report team, received the prestigious Peabody Award in 2012 for efforts related to television personality Stephen Colbert's Super PAC.  Mr. Sanderson is an Adjunct Faculty Member at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he teaches an advanced course on campaign finance regulation. 

Brendan M. Wilson is a Member of the Firm's Corporate Law and Exempt Organizations practice groups. He provides a broad spectrum of tax and corporate advice to various tax-exempt organizations, including charities, churches and religious organizations, trade associations, social welfare groups, and private foundations. Mr. Wilson's representations include seeking rulings and determinations from tax authorities; structuring and negotiating transactions; completing mergers, asset purchases and spin-offs; providing strategic tax advice regarding activities in the United States and in foreign countries; advising on corporate governance matters; and representing clients in tax controversies with federal, state, and local tax authorities.

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