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Caplin & Drysdale Welcomes Former IRS Nonprofit Senior Technical Adviser and Strengthens Tax Controversies and Private Client Groups

January 16, 2018, Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered

Meghan R. Biss has joined the Firm as Of Counsel to our Exempt Organizations Group after over a decade with the Internal Revenue Service, where she was Senior Technical Adviser to the Director of Exempt Organizations. A background in the public and private sectors make her uniquely qualified to advise nonprofit organizations on the interpretation, administration, and implementation of nonprofit law. Ms. Biss can be reached at

Leila D. Carney has rejoined the Firm as Of Counsel to its Tax Controversies Group, where she assists corporate and individual clients to come into compliance with their U.S. tax obligations, including matters involving voluntary disclosures, foreign bank account reporting (FBAR), and nonqualified deferred compensation plans. She is experienced in representing clients in sensitive audits that bear a risk of securities or tax fraud. Ms. Carney can be reached at

Megan E. Wernke has been promoted to Of Counsel in the Firm’s Private Client Group. She counsels wealthy clients, fiduciaries of large estates and trusts, and wealth advisors on a wide range of sophisticated tax and estate planning matters. In addition, she advises private clients with respect to gift tax, estate tax, generation-skipping tax, and fiduciary income tax controversies. Ms. Wernke can be reached at


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