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Mortimer Caplin Receives the French Republic's Esteemed Honor and University of Virginia's 2009 Brennan Award

January 15, 2009


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Washington, D.C. – January 15, 2009 Mortimer Caplin, founder of Caplin & Drysdale was recently honored for his contributions to the United States' important role in the liberation of France during World War II. Awarded by the President of the French Republic, the "Chevalier" of the Legion of Honor is one of France's highest honors given as a testament to an individual's outstanding accomplishments.

During the Normandy invasion, Mortimer served as a U.S. Navy beachmaster and was a member of the initial landing force on Omaha Beach. For his service, he also received the Medal of the Jubilee of Liberty. The Legion of Honor was created by Napoleon in 1802 to acknowledge services rendered to France by persons of great merit.

Caplin was also named a University of Virginia's 2009 Brennan Award recipient. Established in 1987 in honor of Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. of the United States Supreme Court, honorees are selected based on their invaluable contributions to the Trial Advocacy Institute and the legal profession.

"These awards reflect values I've always held dear such as an unwavering commitment to excellence and public service," said Caplin. "And it extends to the work we do every day here at Caplin & Drysdale."

Caplin's contributions to public service, teaching and the educational process have been recognized by numerous organizations. He is a recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Medal in Law, the University of Virginia's highest honor.

A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law himself and Editor-in-Chief of Virginia Law Review, Caplin practiced law in New York City after serving in the U.S. Navy. He returned to the University of Virginia as a professor of law, specializing in tax and corporate law.

Following President John F. Kennedy's election, Caplin served on the President's Task Force on Taxation and in January 1961 was appointed U. S. Commissioner of Internal Revenue. He remained in that post until July 1964 when he resigned to form Caplin & Drysdale.

Caplin has served as trustee of many educational and charitable entities, including: the University of Virginia Board of Visitors; and Law School Foundation; George Washington University; Miller Center of Public Affairs; Arena Stage; Shakespeare Theatre; and Wolf Trap Foundation.

On leaving the U.S. government, he received the Alexander Hamilton Award, the highest award conferred by the Secretary of the Treasury for his "distinguished leadership." He is a longtime chair of the Advisory Board of The Hospitality and Information Service (THIS), which serves the diplomatic community throughout Washington.

Caplin resides in Chevy Chase, MD with his wife, Ruth. They have four adult children.

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