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  • LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, 2012, with distinction
  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2005
  • B.A., The University of Chicago, 1999

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  • Virginia

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Member, U.S. Council for International Business

Kirsten Burmester

Member, Washington, D.C.
(202) 862-7826 | v-card | PDF

Kirsten Burmester is a Member in Caplin & Drysdale's Washington, D.C., office. She joined the firm in 2005, after earning her Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. She holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Chicago and conducted economic analysis for a litigation consulting firm prior to law school.


Ms. Burmester's practice at Caplin & Drysdale focuses on international tax issues, including both planning and controversy work. She has extensive experience advising high net worth individuals on international taxation issues, including advising foreign individuals on pre-immigration planning and structuring investments into the U.S., and advising U.S. individuals on the U.S. tax implications of offshore investment and estate planning structures.  She has advised businesses on international taxation issues, including subpart F issues and transfer pricing. She has also counseled clients under tax examination about these various issues and represented them in audits.

Ms. Burmester also has extensive experience with the IRS's Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative and audits arising from the U.S. government's enforcement effort against undeclared foreign bank accounts.

Awards & Rankings

  • Above the Law, Tax Firm Power List, 2016
  • The Legal 500, International Tax Team of the Year, 2014-2015
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Washington, D.C., 2015
  • Finance Monthly, Private Client Law Firm of the Year - USA, 2015
  • Acquisition International, Best for International Transfer Pricing Issues - Washington, D.C., 2015

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Workshop D - Successfully Using APAs: Maximizing Opportunities & Avoiding Pitfalls, TP Minds Americas, February 23, 2017
  • Panelist, Analysis of the Master/Local Files (Action 13), Tax Executives Institute Inc., 2016 U.S. International Tax Seminar - BEPS is Now, April 29, 2016
  • Panelist, Using APAs to Mitigate Risk and Disputes in the Age of BEPS, TP Minds Americas, February 23, 2016
  • Panelist, Mastering Form 3520: Reporting Foreign Trust Activities on U.S. Income Tax Returns, Strafford Publications, CPE/EA Webinar, July 16, 2015
  • Panelist, Back-to-Basics: An Overview of International Civil and Criminal Penalties, DC Bar Tax Section, New Practitioners Committee, January 3, 2012
  • Panelist, FBAR for the Fiduciary, DC Bar Tax Section, Estate Planning Committee, October 18, 2011

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Recent Publications

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