Kirsten Burmester is a Member in Caplin & Drysdale's Washington, D.C., office. She joined the firm in 2005, after earning her Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. She holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Chicago and conducted economic analysis for a litigation consulting firm prior to law school.


Ms. Burmester's practice at Caplin & Drysdale focuses on a broad range of domestic and international tax issues, including both planning and controversy work. She has extensive experience advising high-net-worth individuals with respect to closely held businesses and international taxation issues, as well as counseling clients on a variety of general tax issues that arise in the private client practice.  Ms. Burmester frequently represents foreign individuals on pre-immigration planning and structuring investments into the U.S., and advises U.S. individuals on the U.S. tax implications of offshore investment and estate planning structures.  She offers guidance to businesses on international taxation issues, including subpart F issues and transfer pricing. Furthermore, Ms. Burmester counsels clients under tax examination about these various issues and represented them in audits.

Ms. Burmester also has substantial experience helping clients with the IRS's Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative and representing them in audits arising from the U.S. government's enforcement effort against undeclared foreign bank accounts.

Admissions & Education

Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia (inactive)

LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, 2012, with distinction

J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2005

B.A., The University of Chicago, 1999

Recognitions & Noteworthy

Honors & Recognitions
  • The Legal 500, Recommended, 2017-2019, 2021- 2022
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Washington, D.C., 2015

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Other Professional Affiliations

Member, U.S. Council for International Business

Member, Caplin & Drysdale’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee  

Member, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)

Member, Leadership Advisory Committee, National Women’s Law Center, 2017-2018

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