Melissa L. Wiley is a Member in Caplin & Drysdale's Washington, D.C. office.

Ms. Wiley’s practice focuses on assisting clients to come into compliance with their U.S. tax obligations and advising U.S. taxpayers on all types of civil and criminal tax controversy matters at the federal and state level.


Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Wiley was a Senior Manager in the National Tax Department at a Big Four accounting firm, where she specialized in tax controversy. In addition to serving clients, Ms. Wiley served as a firm subject matter expert on a variety of tax controversy topics and regularly spoke on firm webinars and taught classes to colleagues and clients. With that firm she also served as internal counsel, providing legal guidance on a variety of matters related to the firm’s tax practice. Prior to that, Ms. Wiley was a tax controversy attorney at an international law firm, where she represented clients in federal and state controversy matters, including taking three cases through trial.

Ms. Wiley previously worked as analyst in the insurance industry before attending Georgetown University Law Center.

Ms. Wiley is active in tax professional organizations, including the AICPA and the ABA Tax Section, where she previously served as Vice Chair for Committee Operations and is currently a member of the Nominating and Appointments to the Tax Court Committees. She is also the chair of the DC Bar Tax Audits & Litigation Committee and the Regent for the Federal Circuit for the American College of Tax Counsel. Ms. Wiley is also dedicated to assisting local children and caretakers through the Children’s Law Center, where she serves on the board and has provided pro bono services for more than 15 years.

Admissions & Education

Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2003, cum laude

B.S., The College of Insurance (now part of St. John's University), 1998, summa cum laude

Recognitions & Noteworthy

Honors & Recognitions

ABA Nolan Fellow

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Other Professional Affiliations

Board Member, Emeritus Board Chair, Pro Bono Attorney, Children’s Law Center

Board Member, Community Tax Law Project

Chair, Tax Audits & Litigation Committee, D.C Bar Association, Tax Section

Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel, 2019-Present

Regent, Federal Circuit, American College of Tax Counsel, March 2023-Present

Member, IRS Advocacy & Relations and National Tax Committees, AICPA

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

Former Vice Chair, Committee Operations, American Bar Association, Section of Taxation

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Speaking Engagements
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