Scott D. Michel

Scott D. Michel

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Tax Attorney in Washington, DC

Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered
 | One Thomas Circle NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-862-5030
Fax: 202-429-3301
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Tax: Business (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%)
Attorney Profile

Scott D. Michel is a Member of Caplin & Drysdale and has been with the firm since 1981. He is on the firm's Board of Directors, and served as the firm's President from 2007-2015. Mr. Michel is internationally recognized for his extensive experience in handling matters arising from the U.S. government's recent crackdown on undeclared foreign accounts, including criminal tax investigations, sensitive civil audits and voluntary disclosures. Such matters encompass a broad range of fact patterns, such as inherited accounts, situations that raise issues of complex undisclosed corporate or foundation structures, and unfiled Treasury "FBAR" forms. He is currently representing numerous clients worldwide in audits and investigations arising from IRS and Justice Department investigations involving UBS, HSBC and other banks, as well as voluntary disclosures throughout the U.S. involving dozens of foreign financial institutions throughout the world. These clients include U.S. taxpayers and their families, as well as financial institutions and outside advisors around the world.

About Scott Michel

Admitted: 1981, Washington D.C.

Professional Webpage:


  • Chambers USA, 2009-Present
  • The Legal 500, Recommended 2014-Present; Leading Lawyer, 2010-2013, 2017-Present
  • The Legal 500, Top-Tier Firm, Tax - US Taxes - Contentious, 2010, 2015-Present
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2006-Present
  • Super Lawyers, Top 100 in D.C., 2015; Washington, D.C., 2008-Present
  • American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI), International Justice-Sector Education and Training (IJET) Program International Pro Bono Award, 2018
  • The American Lawyer's Global Legal Award, Global Dispute of the Year: Investigations, Swiss Tax Settlements, 2015
  • The Washingtonian, Top Lawyers, 2011-Present
  • The Washington Post, Top Attorneys in D.C., 2014
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • International Fiscal Association
  • Member, American Citizens Abroad, Professional Tax Advisory Council
  • American Bar Association (Section of Taxation and Section of Criminal Justice)
  • Co-Founder and Director, Buildable Hours, Inc.
  • Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel and American Bar Foundation

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

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  • Moderator, The All New Two-Minute Drills, ABA Section of Taxation, 2019 ABA Midyear Meeting, January 18, 2019
  • "The New Voluntary Disclosure Practice: A Fair Compromise?", with Zhanna A. Ziering, Dianne C. Mehany, Arielle M. Borsos, and Mark E. Matthews, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, December 3, 2018
  • Panelist, Tax Transparency and Compliance, ALI CLE International Trust and Estate Planning, November 1, 2018
  • Panelist, Penalties for Failure to Report Foreign Assets: The Difference Between a Huge Problem and an Innocent Oversight, 10th Annual Tax Controversy Forum, NYU School of Professional Studies, June 21, 2018
  • Panelist, Are Human Rights Affected By Tax Information Reporting and Disclosures, ABA 2018 Paris Sessions, June 9, 2018
  • Speaker, Ethical Consideration with International Clients, STEP Miami 9th Annual Summit, June 1, 2018
  • Chair, Scott Michel Serves as Section Vice Chair at 2018 ABA Section of Taxation May Meeting, 2018 ABA Section of Taxation May Meeting, May 10, 2018
  • Panelist, Ethics in Tax Controversy, TEI 2018 Audits & Appeals Seminar, May 1, 2018
  • "IRS's Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program Ending: Impact on U.S. Taxpayers", with Zhanna A. Ziering, Benjamin Z. Eisenstat, Dianne C. Mehany, and Mark E. Matthews, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, March 14, 2018
  • Panelist, Breakout Session D: Taking on a Criminal Tax Case? Don't Leave Home Without These Critical Practice Tips!, 32nd Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime, February 28, 2018
  • Moderator, Plenary: Representing the Global Citizen, 34th Annual National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud and Seventh Annual National Institute on Tax Controversy, December 8, 2017
  • Panelist, AML and Tax, ABA/ABA Financial Crimes Enforcement Conference, December 4, 2017
  • Panelist, Ethics, The George Washington University Law School and IRS, 30th Annual Institute on Current Issues in International Taxation, December 1, 2017
  • "Possible Tax Fallout for Student and Professional Athletes from NCAA-Related Investigations", with Victor A. Jaramillo and Mark D. Allison, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, November 9, 2017
  • "Paradise Papers: U.S. Citizens and Residents Required to Report on Offshore Assets", with Mark D. Allison, J. Clark Armitage, Peter A. Barnes, and Arielle M. Borsos, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, November 6, 2017
  • Chair, 5th Annual International Tax Enforcement and Controversy Conference, American Bar Association Section of Taxation / Tax Executives Institute, October 27, 2017
  • Panelist, From The Experts: IRS Representation Tools, Techniques, and Defensive Strategies—Civil and Criminal Tax Update, NYU 76th Institute on Federal Taxation, October 22, 2017
  • Speaker, Part 2 of 7 Tax Audits and Litigation & Part 2 of 6 International Tax Lunch Series: International Tax Enforcement Update, D.C. Bar, October 11, 2017
  • Speaker, Recent Audit and Controversy Experiences in Colombia and the U.S., USA Branch of International Fiscal Association, August 24, 2017
  • Moderator, International Enforcement: What's Happening Next In The Battle Against Unreported Foreign Assets, 9th Annual Tax Controversy Forum, NYU School of Professional Studies, June 15, 2017
  • Panelist, The Future of U.S. Cross-Border Criminal Tax Enforcement, Cross Border Planning for Private Clients, May 18, 2017
  • Speaker, U.S. Taxpayers - Why They Can Hide No Longer and What They Can Do Now, Cross Border Planning for the Private Client, May 15, 2017
  • Speaker, Tax Enforcement: Where in the World Is the IRS Now, American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, 31st Annual National Institute on While Collar Crime, March 8, 2017
  • "Treasury Issues Regulations Addressing Use of LLCs to Disguise Beneficial Ownership," with Kirsten Burmester, J. Clark Armitage, and Arianna Caldwell, International Law Office, January 20, 2017

Industry Groups

  • ABA (Criminal Justice And Tax Sections)
  • ABF
  • American Citizens Aboad
  • American College Of Tax Counsel
  • International Fiscal Association
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Office Location for Scott D. Michel

One Thomas Circle NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005

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Last Updated: 10/9/2019

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