Complex Litigation
Caplin & Drysdale
Complex Litigation


“Smart, sophisticated and can handle matters of the greatest complexity.” Client Commentary, Chambers USA

Caplin & Drysdale litigators are regularly asked to handle complex business, financial, and commercial disputes that have put a business in peril. We also represent plaintiffs around the world seeking to have their rights vindicated through the court system. Our litigators efficiently handle matters of varying sizes, emphasizing close communication with clients, hands-on involvement by senior lawyers, and lean staffing in relation to the size of the matters we handle. Our aim is to deliver excellent value for our clients. View our brochure.



Caplin & Drysdale Appoints Third Female President Ann McMillan
December 1, 2021
Caplin & Drysdale Earns 10 Tier 1 Practice-Area Rankings in 12th Edition of U.S. News – Best Law Firms®
November 4, 2021
Caplin & Drysdale Welcomes Allegra Kauffman
October 25, 2021
New York Law Journal Quotes Jeffrey Liesemer on Purdue Pharma Case
October 14, 2021
Caplin & Drysdale Announces the Election of Two New Members
October 1, 2021
Law360 Quotes Todd Phillips on Aldrich Pump Asbestos Deal
September 30, 2021
Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys Listed as "Best Lawyers In America"
August 19, 2021
Caplin & Drysdale Welcomes Shamara James
July 20, 2021
Super Lawyers® Names Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys Among D.C.'s Most Prominent Practitioners
April 29, 2021
Caplin & Drysdale Welcomes Shah Raafi
March 3, 2021
Tier 1 Rankings for Caplin & Drysdale's Practice Groups in U.S. News – Best Law Firms' List
November 5, 2020
Caplin & Drysdale Welcomes Lucas Self
November 2, 2020
Kevin Maclay Speaks to Bloomberg on Purdue Pharma Settlement
October 22, 2020
WSJ Quotes Kevin Maclay on Mallinckrodt Bankruptcy
October 14, 2020
Kevin Maclay Speaks to Law360 on Mallinckrodt Bankruptcy
October 14, 2020
Caplin & Drysdale Welcomes Monty Crawford
October 13, 2020
Caplin & Drysdale Earns Top Ranking in 2021 "Best Lawyers in America"
August 20, 2020
Caplin & Drysdale Welcomes Ann Weber Langley
July 15, 2020
Caplin & Drysdale D.C. Attorneys are Recognized by Super Lawyers®
May 4, 2020
Caplin & Drysdale Welcomes Katy Zendeh
February 10, 2020
Caplin & Drysdale Promotes Kevin M. Davis to Of Counsel
January 28, 2020
Caplin & Drysdale Earns Top-Tier "Best Law Firms" Rankings in 10th Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers
November 1, 2019
Caplin & Drysdale Welcomes Jonathan Black, George O'Connor, and Sarah Racicot
September 25, 2019
Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys Listed as "Best Lawyers In America"
August 15, 2019
Caplin & Drysdale Welcomes Nathaniel Miller
April 30, 2019
Super Lawyers® Recognizes 22 Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys in D.C.
April 22, 2019
Caplin & Drysdale Earns 11 Tier 1 Practice-Area Rankings in Ninth Edition of U.S. News – Best Law Firms®
November 1, 2018
Law360 Comments on Danish Tax Fraud Case Letter from Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys
October 29, 2018
Law360 Quotes Kevin Maclay: PG&E Fire Liability Has California Considering Chapter 11 Alternative
August 17, 2018
Caplin & Drysdale Improves Ranking in 2019 "Best Lawyers in America"
August 15, 2018
VIDEO: Jeffrey Liesemer Featured in IR Global Interview on U.S. Insolvency Practices and Procedures
July 18, 2018
18 Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers in D.C.
April 23, 2018
Caplin & Drysdale Litigators "Recommended" in 2018 Benchmark Litigation
November 28, 2017
Caplin & Drysdale Welcomes Caroline Parke
September 9, 2017
Caplin & Drysdale Earns Top Ranking in 2018 "Best Lawyers in America"
August 15, 2017
Caplin & Drysdale Lawyers Listed Among D.C.'s Most Prominent Practitioners
April 27, 2017
Mark Allison and Charles Ruchelman Comment: Record-Low Audit Rates Could Reverse as IRS Alters Exams
February 27, 2017
Charles Ruchelman Discusses Partnership Audit Rule Freeze Causing Confusion For States
February 17, 2017
Charles Ruchelman Comments on Montana CPAs Opposing Partnership Audit Legislation
January 27, 2017
IRS Proposed Partnership Audit Rules Withdrawn from OFR
January 26, 2017
Caplin & Drysdale Tax Lawyer Charles Ruchelman Launches Website on New Partnership Audit Rules
January 24, 2017
Northern Virginia Magazine Names Beth Kaufman and Jeffrey Liesemer "Top Lawyers" for 2016
November 22, 2016
Clients and Peers Recommend 4 Caplin & Drysdale Litigators in 2016 Benchmark Litigation
October 3, 2016
Caplin & Drysdale Enters Managed Services Deal with Epiq
August 30, 2016
Best Lawyers in America Lists 18 Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys
August 15, 2016
Caplin & Drysdale Listed Among Top Lawyers for Tax, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Political Law
June 1, 2016
Jeffrey Liesemer Comments on Federal Court Clashes
May 13, 2016
Super Lawyers Recognizes Caplin & Drysdale Lawyers from Several Practice Areas
April 26, 2016
Caplin & Drysdale Promotes Attorneys in D.C. and New York
February 1, 2016
U.S. News & World Report Lists Caplin & Drysdale in "Best Law Firms" for 2016
November 2, 2015
Benchmark Litigation Lists Caplin & Drysdale's Complex Litigation Group for Sixth Consecutive
October 2, 2015
Clients and Peers Distinguish Caplin & Drysdale in Chambers' Rankings
May 19, 2015
Super Lawyers Lists Caplin & Drysdale Lawyers
April 23, 2015
Caplin & Drysdale's Complex Litigation Group Earns Listing in 2015 Benchmark Litigation
November 10, 2014
Caplin & Drysdale Receives High Rankings from 2015 U.S. News-Best Law Firms
November 4, 2014
Caplin & Drysdale Lawyers Earn Best Lawyers Ranking
August 21, 2014
With Its Founders, Caplin & Drysdale Celebrates 50 Years of Excellence
July 23, 2014
Caplin & Drysdale Earns Top Honors in 2014 Chambers USA
May 28, 2014
The Washington Post Lists Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys Among the Top Attorneys in D.C.
April 30, 2014
Caplin & Drysdale Strengthens Global Tax and Litigation Services
January 8, 2014
Caplin & Drysdale's Complex Litigation Group Listed as Highly Recommended by Benchmark Litigation
October 28, 2013
19 Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys Achieve Best Lawyers in America Ranking
October 21, 2013
The Legal 500 Recommends Caplin & Drysdale As a Leading Firm For 2013
June 3, 2013
14 Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys Recognized in Chambers USA 2013
May 29, 2013
Super Lawyers Lists Nineteen Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys
April 29, 2013
Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys Recognized by Peers in Best Lawyers in America
March 18, 2013
Caplin & Drysdale's Complex Litigation Group Recognized in Benchmark Litigation
December 3, 2012
U.S. News Recognizes Caplin & Drysdale With Top Ranking
November 8, 2012
Benchmark Litigation Recommends Caplin & Drysdale, Names Three Attorneys as "Litigation Stars"
November 15, 2011
The Best Lawyers in America Ranks 19 Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field
September 1, 2011
19 Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America
August 4, 2010
Chambers USA and Legal 500 Recognize Caplin & Drysdale in 2010 Top Rankings
June 15, 2010
Caplin & Drysdale Raises Three Attorneys to Membership in the Firm, Underscoring its Commitment to Creditors' Rights and Complex Financial Litigation
February 1, 2010
Chambers USA 2009 Recognizes Eight Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys as ‘America's Leading Lawyers'
June 15, 2009
European Insolvency Law Struggles to Get Ahead of Soaring Defaults
May 26, 2009
Super Lawyers Recognizes Nine Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys in Five Practice Areas
March 27, 2009



Supreme Court Alert: Supreme Court Declines to Address the Viability of the Equitable Mootness Doctrine
October 29, 2021
Appeal or No Appeal: In Stipulations, Silence on Appellate Rights Could Mean Waiver
January 9, 2020
SDNY Distinguishes Supreme Court, Holds Tribune Company's Leveraged Buyout Falls Within Section 546(e) Safe Harbor Provision
August 20, 2019
When a Cyberattack Might Be Espionage: DC Circuit Decides In re U.S. Office of Personnel Management Data Security Breach Litigation
July 19, 2019
When Is an Environmental Claim Not an Environmental Claim: Climate-Change Claims in Bankruptcy Courts
July 1, 2019
Supreme Court Alert: The Court Holds That Third-Party Counterclaim Defendants Cannot Remove Cases to Federal Court
June 6, 2019
Supreme Court Alert: A Divided Court Holds that Under the Federal Arbitration Act an Ambiguous Agreement Cannot Provide a Basis for Compelling Class Arbitration
May 1, 2019
Ex-NFL Player's Future Concussion Settlement Payments are Protected from Creditors in Bankruptcy
April 25, 2019
Recent Sixth Circuit Decision Clarifies Appealability of Bankruptcy Court Orders
December 11, 2018
SDNY Bankruptcy Court Enters Final Default Judgments Against Properly Served Foreign Defendants
August 22, 2018
Second Circuit Holds Arbitration of Alleged Violation of Discharge Injunction Conflicts with Purposes of Bankruptcy Code
June 29, 2018
There's No Elephant in This Mousehole: The Supreme Court Upholds State Court Jurisdiction Over Class Actions Brought Under the Securities Act of 1933
May 18, 2018
Is "Per Debtor" Better? Cases Analyzing Cramdown and Substantive Consolidation Reflect Ongoing Debate About Creditor Protections in Multi-Debtor Bankruptcies
April 19, 2018
Supreme Court Alert: The Court Provides Additional Guidance on the Appropriate Level of Review of Determinations of Mixed Questions of Law and Fact by the Bankruptcy Court
March 19, 2018
Narrower Harbors: Supreme Court Holds that § 546(e) Securities Safe Harbor Does Not Protect Transfers in Which Financial Institution Is Only a Conduit
March 16, 2018
The First Circuit Joins Several Other Circuit Courts in Finding That Creditors' Committees Have an Unconditional Right to Intervene in Adversary Proceedings
March 13, 2018
Following The Money: Trends in Cross-Border Asset Recovery
March 6, 2018
Choice of Law Issues in the Hyundai & Kia Fuel Economy Litigation: Toward a New Predominance Analysis?
February 12, 2018
First Circuit Finds Creditors' Committees Have Unconditional Right to Intervene in Adversary Proceedings
February 9, 2018
Risk of Harm Standing in Data Breach Cases - Latest Developments
February 9, 2018
The First Circuit Joins Several Other Circuit Courts in Finding That Creditors' Committees Have an Unconditional Right to Intervene in Adversary Proceedings
January 23, 2018
Avoiding the Voidable: Assessing Global Insolvency Practices and Processes
August 21, 2017
Chapter 15 at 11: Threshold Requirements for Recognition
March 24, 2017
Chapter 15 at 11: Chapter 15 Provides Provisional Relief in Hanjin Shipping
January 6, 2017
Chapter 15 at 11: Bankruptcy Code's Cross-Border Insolvency Law Approaches 11th Anniversary
September 30, 2016
Supreme Court Nixes Puerto Rico Insolvency Law, but Congress Legislates New Path
July 22, 2016
Delaware Bankruptcy Court Reaffirms the Viability of Class Proofs of Claim in PacSun Bankruptcy
July 18, 2016
Products Liability Plaintiffs Prevented From Seeking Recovery Against New GM Because the Bankruptcy Court Found Their Claims Were Not Assumed by New GM
April 26, 2016
Second Circuit Determines that Argentine Central Bank is Not Alter Ego of Argentina
March 11, 2016
Supreme Court: Decisions Denying Plan Confirmation Not Appealable as of Right
August 7, 2015
Wellness International: Litigants May Consent to Adjudication by Bankruptcy Courts
June 19, 2015
The Impact of Republic of Argentina v. NML Capital, Ltd.: Why the Supreme Court's Ruling Against Argentina Avoided a Host of Unintended, Negative Consequences
May 6, 2015
Fairfield Sentry and the Limits of Comity in Chapter 15 Cases
March 20, 2015
Litigation Claimants Get a Second Chance in Bankruptcy Appeal
July 25, 2014
Remain Vigilant On Indian Permanent Establishments, Even After the Favorable e-Funds Decision
July 10, 2014
Limitations on Corporation's Ability to Free Itself from Legacy Liabilities
June 20, 2014
Jurisdictional Limits on Recognition of Foreign Non-Debtor Releases
May 2, 2014
Enforcing International Arbitration Clauses in Bankruptcy Proceedings
March 21, 2014
Safe Harbour Neither Bars Nor Pre-empts State Law Fraudulent Transfer Claims
February 21, 2014
Stipulation Limiting Damages Cannot Circumvent CAFA Jurisdiction
March 26, 2013
The Effrontery of The Asbestos Trust Transparency Legislation Efforts
February 20, 2013
Supreme Court to Consider Impact of Stipulation Limiting Damages on CAFA Jurisdiction
September 10, 2012
Hedge Fund Managers Beware: Unless Claims are Assigned, Managers Do Not Have Standing to Sue for Their Funds
February 15, 2012
Making Their Mark: The Supreme Court Clarified and Reshaped Class Action Law in the October 2010 Term
August 1, 2011
Social Media at Work: Defining New Legal Boundaries
July 1, 2011
United States Supreme Court Holds That Loss Causation Is Not Required to Obtain Class Certification in a Securities Class Action
June 13, 2011
Supreme Court Holds that Agreements with Arbitration Clauses Can Properly Waive Class Action Rights
April 29, 2011
Evolving Fiduciary Duties in the Era of Financial Reform
September 22, 2010
IRS Scrutinizes Payroll Practices, Challenges for Companies
May 1, 2010
Credit Default Swaps & the Bankrupt Counterparty - Entering the Undiscovered Country
September 25, 2008

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