Cono R. Namorato is a Senior Counsel in Caplin & Drysdale's Washington, D.C., office. He rejoined the firm in 2006 after serving for two years as Director of the Office of Professional Responsibility for the Internal Revenue Service.


Mr. Namorato's legal experience has been wide-ranging. He has represented corporations and individuals, including corporate executives and senior public officials, in potential or ongoing criminal tax investigations, sensitive civil IRS examinations, and complex voluntary disclosures. He has counseled companies, including Fortune 500 corporations and worldwide professional firms, in resolving sensitive legal and ethical problems and has directed complex internal investigations into financial frauds. Mr. Namorato has also assisted tax lawyers and accountants in tax, ethics, and compliance issues.


Mr. Namorato had been a Member of Caplin & Drysdale for 25 years previously, joining the firm in 1978 after ten years in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he served as Chief of the Criminal Section and Deputy Assistant Attorney General in charge of criminal tax enforcement nationwide. During his most recent term at the IRS, Mr. Namorato supervised the Service's increasing efforts toward achieving compliance nationwide among tax practitioners with newly enhanced standards of conduct. He also served as a Senior Advisor to the Commissioner of Internal Revenue on complex enforcement matters.

Admissions & Education

Bar & Court Admissions
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals

J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 1968

B.A., Iona College, 1963

Recognitions & Noteworthy

Honors & Recognitions
  • Chambers USA, 2009-2016; Senior Statesmen, 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America, 1993-Present
  • The Legal 500, Recommended, 2014; Leading Lawyer, 2010-2011, 2013
  • Super Lawyers, Washington, D.C., 2008-2020
  • American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI), International Justice-Sector Education and Training (IJET) Program International Pro Bono Award, 2018
  • The Washingtonian, Top Lawyers, 2009, 2011-2012, 2015; Lifetime Achievement Lawyer, 2022
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™

Government Service

Director, Office of Professional Responsibility, Internal Revenue Service, 2004-2006

Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1977-1978

Chief, 1975-1977; Assistant Chief, 1973-1975, Criminal Section, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice

Trial Attorney, Criminal Section, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1968-1973

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Professional Activities

Mr. Namorato has held prominent positions in the American Bar Association's Sections of Taxation and Litigation, and is a frequent speaker on matters relating to professional ethics, criminal tax, and other white collar criminal enforcement issues. He received his law degree from the Brooklyn Law School, after beginning his career at the IRS, where he served as a Special Agent in the Intelligence Division (now the Criminal Investigation Division).

Other Professional Affiliations

Member, American Bar Association (Past Chair, Sub-committee on Criminal Tax Policy, Taxation Section, Committee on Civil and Criminal Tax Sanctions)

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel

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