Caplin & Drysdale

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Caplin & Drysdale
Headquarters Washington, D.C., United States
No. of offices Two
No. of attorneys 67
Major practice areas Tax Controversy and Fraud, International Tax, Exempt Organizations, Business Tax, Complex Litigation, Creditors' Rights, Political Law, Employee Benefits, Private Client and Corporate Law
Date founded 1964
Founder Mortimer Caplin and Douglas Drysdale
Company type Corporation

Founded by Mortimer Caplin, Commissioner of Internal Revenue under John F. Kennedy [3], Caplin & Drysdale is a boutique law firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City.


After serving in President Kennedy's Task Force on Taxation, Caplin was appointed IRS Commissioner in January 1961. Caplin resigned from his post at the IRS in July 1964, and together with Douglas Drysdale [4], he established Caplin & Drysdale—a law firm providing comprehensive tax advice[1] [5]. Since then, the firm has expanded its services to include creditors’ rights and complex litigation, political law, private client, employee benefits, corporate law, and white collar defense

Notable matters[edit]

  • Official Committee of Unsecured Asbestos Claimants of Congoleum Corporation: Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Asbestos Claimants of Congoleum Corporation and negotiated a plan of reorganization with Congoleum Corporation. Under the plan, a trust was created for the benefit of asbestos claimants.[2][3]
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People: Guided the NAACP through a confrontational and highly visible IRS examination for alleged political campaign activity arising out of the 2004 election[4][5] The review concluded without the NAACP providing any access to its books and records and without any change to the organization’s tax status.
  • General Electric: Advised General Electric and its affiliates in the areas of transfer pricing, tax treaty interpretation, the mutual agreement procedure, foreign tax credit questions, and a variety of other domestic and international issues.
  • Petrobras: Advised Petrobras in regard to tax treaty matters and a variety of other matters relating to US-Brazil relations in the field of taxation.
  • JPMorgan Chase: Provided counsel to JPMC and its affiliates with transfer pricing, the foreign tax credit, tax treaty interpretation, the mutual agreement procedure, and on issues of federal, state, and local political law.


  1. ^ Untaxed at Age 94, Legal Bisnow (January 11, 2011).
  2. ^ Congoleum Corp. to Exit Bankruptcy, Chairman Says, NJBIZ (June 8, 2010).
  3. ^ [1][permanent dead link].
  4. ^ NAACP Says It Refused IRS Request For Documents, CNN (February 1, 2005).
  5. ^ [2]

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