Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered

Private Wealth Law Department

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DC-based Caplin & Drysdale is a respected firm well known among interviewees for advising wealthy clients on complex tax matters. A source describes the firm as "one of the pre-eminent tax boutiques in the country."

"They very much have a strong national reputation for tax," says a New York-based commentator, who adds that "they have many good lawyers there."

Notable practitioners

Anne O'Brien
is widely regarded for her expertise in trust and estate planning matters for wealthy individuals and families. A fellow attorney states: "She is very good and you see her on the circuit quite regularly," adding that "she is well known." Another interviewee says that "she's a superstar who does exceptional work in trusts and estates,"

Beth Shapiro Kaufman
is a renowned expert in complex trust and estate tax matters, including disputes with the IRS. "She has a national reputation and good links with industry and the government," explains a commentator, who adds that "she will be known beyond DC for her expertise."