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  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2006, cum laude, Executive Editor, Harvard Law Review, Ames Moot Court Competition Semifinalist
  • A.B., Princeton University, 2003, cum laude, Grace May Tilton Thesis Prize in Fine Arts

Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Megan E. Wernke

Associate, Washington, D.C.
(202) 862-5088 | v-card | PDF

Megan E. Wernke is an Associate in Caplin & Drysdale's Washington, D.C., office. The primary focus of Ms. Wernke's practice is assisting individual clients with estate planning, trust and estate administration, and sophisticated estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax planning on the federal and state levels. Additionally, she has significant experience in tax controversy work, addressing gift and estate tax issues in the context of private letter ruling requests, IRS audits, litigation, and the IRS offshore voluntary disclosure program. Existing clients also rely on Ms. Wernke's assistance with the probate and trust administration process.

Prior to joining Caplin & Drysdale, Ms. Wernke worked in the tax department of an international law firm. In this role, Ms. Wernke helped achieve the successful resolution of a multi-million dollar estate tax controversy.

Professional Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association: Section of Taxation; Section of Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law
  • Member, D.C. Bar Association: Taxation Section; Estates, Trusts, and Probate Law Section

Awards & Rankings

  • Finance Monthly, Private Client Law Firm of the Year - USA, 2015

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, Recent Developments In Federal Case Law, Legislation, and Regulations, Maryland State Bar Association, November 3, 2015
  • Speaker, A Brave New World: The Changing Landscape of Estate Planning, American Bar Association, The Day After Tax Day, April 16, 2015

Click here for a full list of speaking engagements.

Recent Publications

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