Amanda M. Leon

  • Associate at Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered (67 Attorneys)
  • One Thomas Circle NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005
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An Order of the Coif graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Amanda Leon joined Caplin & Drysdale's Washington, D.C., office as an Associate in the Private Client, International Tax, and Tax Controversy practice groups. Ms. Leon was a participant in the firm's Summer Associate Program in 2015 and 2016. Her practice includes:

•advising high-net-worth individuals on tax-related issues, including asset valuations, estate tax situs rules, and changes in the method of accounting;
•defending clients facing civil and criminal tax proceedings brought by the Internal Revenue Service; and
•helping U.S. taxpayers come into compliance with their U.S. tax obligations.

Ms. Leon also maintains a license as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois.


While at the University of Virginia School of Law (UVA Law), Ms. Leon won first place in the International Fiscal Association USA Branch 2016 Writing Competition. Her paper, “If the Commission ‘LOBs’ a Pitch to the ECJ, Will It Strike Out Again?”, looks at a 2015 European Commission infringement action against the Netherlands and explains how a potential court case stemming from that action could have a major impact on international tax law. Moreover, Ms. Leon was part of the UVA Law team that won Best Pleading Team in the 2017 KU Leuven International and European Tax Moot Court, which is awarded for highest overall oral argument scores. She also won Best Oral Team for the Defendant with her co-counsel.

During law school, Ms. Leon was on the Editorial Board for the Virginia Law Review and was a member of The Raven Society. Upon graduation, she was a recipient of the Edwin S. Cohen Tax Prize.

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Leon served as an AmeriCorps member while attending the University of Notre Dame and worked as a Multistate Tax Consultant at a large international public accounting and consulting firm.

Recent Publications

• Mining for Meaning: An Examination of the Legality of Property Rights in Space Resources, Virginia Law Review, May 1, 2018
• Tax Reform May Make Payment of Nonbusiness Tax Advice Fees Non-Deductible, with Beth Shapiro Kaufman and James E. Salles, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, December 12, 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
• Reconsidering European Court of Justice Jurisprudence on Limitation on Benefits Clauses: Why the U.S. Should Care, 46 TM Int'l J. 83, Bloomberg BNA Tax Management International Journal, February 10, 2017

Recent Speaking Engagements

•Speaker, Present International U.S. Tax Reform Topics: BEAT, GILTI and FDII, International Monetary Fund, Tax Policy Group, May 23, 2018
•Panelist, Fundamentals of Tax Litigation: Choice of Forum and Appealing Decisions, American Bar Association, 4th Annual Young Tax Lawyers Symposium, April 13, 2018

Recent News

•Caplin & Drysdale Honors the Women of the Firm, Caplin & Drysdale, March 8, 2019
•Caplin & Drysdale Welcomes Amanda Leon, September 19, 2017
•Amanda Leon Takes Home Multiple Awards in Prestigious International Tax Law Competition, April 21, 2017
•Caplin & Drysdale Summer Associate Amanda Leon Wins Major Writing Competition, University of Virginia School of Law, January 5, 2017

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Private Client
  • International Tax
  • Tax Controversies

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(202) 862-7861  Phone
(202) 429-3301  Fax
University Attended:
University of Notre Dame, B.A.A., Beta Gamma Sigma, summa cum laude, 2012
Law School Attended:
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif, Virginia Law Review, 2017
Year of First Admission:
Not a member of the District of Columbia Bar (practicing under the direct supervision of a D.C. Bar member); Virginia; Not admitted in District of Columbia

Other Professional Affiliations

Member, American Institute of CPAs (AICPA)

Member, American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Sections of Taxation, and Real Property, Trust and Estate Law


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