2021 Vault Rankings
About Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered
With offices in Washington, DC, and New York City, Caplin & Drysdale prides itself on staying lean in an era when some law firms are ballooning to seemingly gargantuan proportions.
Top in Tax
Caplin & Drysdale was founded by Mortimer Caplin, former commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. He also once graced the cover of Time magazine in an issue dedicated to taxation. The firm's co-founder, Douglas Drysdale, had been a student of Caplin's at the University of Virginia School of Law, and he himself went on to teach tax law at the school for more than 20 years. Starting with only six lawyers, Caplin & Drysdale now boasts a team of more than 60 lawyers.
Caplin & Drysdale is recognized as one of the nation's top tax practices. National and international rankings list Caplin & Drysdale’s tax practice alongside those of firms 10 and 20 times its size. The firm's lawyers are often quoted in leading industry publications such as Tax Notes Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Bloomberg BNA. Although the firm only has two offices, it has a global footprint with corporate and individual clients from around the world. Caplin & Drysdale attorneys consider themselves “lawyers’ lawyers”—having served as legal advisors to a number of law firms.
The tax practice encompasses tax planning, tax litigation, tax controversies, international tax, transfer pricing, tax-exempt organizations, employee benefits, trust and estate planning, expatriation planning, and criminal tax defense work.
Not a One-Stop Shop
In addition to its tax-oriented practices, the firm includes a litigation practice centered on insolvencies, corporate reorganizations in bankruptcy, creditors’ rights representation, and other complex financial and commercial disputes, including matters that cross national boundaries. Caplin & Drysdale also boasts a national political law practice that provides businesses, nonprofits, politicians, candidates, and lobbyists with timely, concise counsel on the high-stakes legal issues that involve "pay-to-play" restrictions, lobbying regulations, campaign finance laws, and ethics rules. Much like the firm’s tax attorneys, the litigators and political law attorneys are highly ranked in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers, and other top rankings.
One Thomas Circle, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 862-5000
Chairman: J. Clark Armitage
Recruiting Chair: Kirsten Burmester
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
50 - 100
1st year: $170,000
Summer Associate: $3,250/week
Attorney & Paralegal Recruitment Manager
No. of U.S. Offices: 2
No. of International Offices: 0
New York, NY
Washington, DC (HQ)
Business, Investment & Transactional Tax
White Collar Defense