In 2014, Ross Sharkey joined Caplin & Drysdale as an Associate in the firm's Washington, D.C., office.  He was previously law clerk to the Honorable Joseph H. Gale of the United States Tax Court.


Mr. Sharkey assists corporations, nonprofits, and wealthy individuals in resolving a wide range of federal tax issues.   Illustrations of his legal services include:

  • defending clients under civil examination by the IRS, often in cases involving accuracy-related or fraud penalties;
  • representing individuals and businesses in administrative proceedings before IRS Appeals and in U.S. Tax Court litigation;
  • counseling clients with potential offshore and domestic compliance issues and assisting them with voluntarily disclosing noncompliance to the IRS;
  • advising on FATCA compliance and offshore asset reporting; and  
  • assisting clients under criminal investigation.


  • Research Assistant, Professor Martin McMahon, Jr., University of Florida Levin College of Law
  • Managing Editor, Montana Law Review, University of Montana School of Law  

Admissions & Education

Bar & Court Admissions
  • Montana
  • District of Columbia
  • LL.M. in Taxation, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2011
  • J.D., University of Montana School of Law, 2010, with high honors
  • B.S., Southwest Minnesota State University , 2005

Recognitions & Noteworthy

Honors & Recognitions
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch­, 2024
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Washington, D.C., 2019-Present

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Other Professional Affiliations

Member, American Bar Association, Sections on Taxation and Criminal Justice

Newsroom & Publications

Speaking Engagements
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