Caplin & Drysdale boasts one of the nation's top tax practices and consistently places as one of Vault’s Best Law Firms for Tax Law. National and international rankings list Caplin & Drysdale’s tax practice alongside those of firms 10 and 20 times its size. But the firm has more than tax expertise, with top-tier practices in litigation, political law, and more. The firm takes pride in providing top-notch legal services while maintaining a small size that allows for close client rel...

Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2021)

50 - 100


No. of Partners Named (2021)



Featured Rankings

Top 150 Under 150


No. of Summer Associates (2021)

4 total (1 2Ls; 3 1Ls)


Base Salary

1st year, Non-Complex Litigation: $175,000


No. of U.S. Offices


About the Firm

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.

Tax Pros

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.

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