Cono R. Namorato

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Cono R. Namorato is a Member in Caplin & Drysdale's Washington, D.C., office. He rejoined the firm in 2006 after serving for two years as Director of the Office of Professional Responsibility for the Internal Revenue Service.


Mr. Namorato's legal experience has been wide-ranging. He has represented corporations and individuals, including corporate executives and senior public officials, in potential or ongoing criminal tax investigations, sensitive civil IRS examinations, and complex voluntary disclosures. He has counseled companies, including Fortune 500 corporations and worldwide professional firms, in resolving sensitive legal and ethical problems and has directed complex internal investigations into financial frauds. Mr. Namorato has also assisted tax lawyers and accountants in tax, ethics, and compliance issues.

Government Experience

Director, Office of Professional Responsibility, Internal Revenue Service, 2004-2006

Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1977-1978

Chief, 1975-1977; Assistant Chief, 1973-1975, Criminal Section, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice

Trial Attorney, Criminal Section, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1968-1973


Mr. Namorato had been a Member of Caplin & Drysdale for 25 years previously, joining the firm in 1978 after ten years in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he served as Chief of the Criminal Section and Deputy Assistant Attorney General in charge of criminal tax enforcement nationwide. During his most recent term at the IRS, Mr. Namorato supervised the Service's increasing efforts toward achieving compliance nationwide among tax practitioners with newly enhanced standards of conduct. He also served as a Senior Advisor to the Commissioner of Internal Revenue on complex enforcement matters.

Awards & Rankings

Chambers USA, 2009-2016; Senior Statesmen, 2017
Best Lawyers in America, 1993-Present
The Legal 500, Recommended, 2014; Leading Lawyer, 2010-2011, 2013
Super Lawyers, 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 Washingtonian, Top Lawyers, 2009, 2011-2012, 2015
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Recent Publications

• IRS to Hire 700 for Civil and Criminal Tax Enforcement, with Matthew C. Hicks and Niles A. Elber, International Law Office, May 20, 2016
• The Panama Papers and the U.S. Response: New Risks for Financial Institutions, Clients and Advisors, with Mark E. Matthews and Scott D. Michel, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, May 18, 2016
• IRS to Hire 700 for Civil and Criminal Tax Enforcement, with Matthew C. Hicks and Niles A. Elber, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, May 5, 2016
• DOJ Deal with Swiss Banks Impacts U.S. Taxpayers and Financial Firms Around the World, with Mark E. Matthews, Mark D. Allison, and Scott D. Michel, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, October 31, 2013
• Cono R. Namorato Sets the Record Straight for Corporate Tax Counsel & Corporate Tax Directors, Caplin & Drysdale, February 1, 2007

Recent Speaking Engagements

•Speaker, The Ethical Framework - Duties of the Tax Practitioner to the Client and to the System, University of Virginia Tax Foundation, 64th Annual Conference on Federal Taxation, June 7, 2012
•Speaker, Issues Surrounding the FBAR, The Florida Bar Association and FICPA, 28th Annual International Tax Conference, January 14, 2010
•Panelist, Offshore Tax Compliance in Today's Economy, George Washington University and The IRS, 22nd Annual Institute on Current Issues in International Taxation, December 10, 2009
•Speaker, Criminal Tax Fraud, American Bar Association, 26th Annual National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud, December 3, 2009

Recent News

•Caplin & Drysdale Improves Ranking in 2019 Best Lawyers in America , August 15, 2018
•Caplin & Drysdale International Tax Controversy Team Receives ABA Pro Bono Award, Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered, August 2, 2018
Chambers USA Recognizes 10 Caplin & Drysdale Lawyers as Leaders in Their Fields , Chambers USA, May 3, 2018
•18 Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers in D.C., April 23, 2018
•Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys Support Rettig as IRS Commissioner, Tax Notes, April 19, 2018
•Caplin & Drysdale Tax Lawyers Work with Croatian Ministry of Finance on Tax Enforcement Issues, December 11, 2017
•Caplin & Drysdale Earns Top Ranking in 2018 Best Lawyers in America , August 15, 2017
•7 Caplin & Drysdale Lawyers Listed as Leaders in Their Field by Expert Guides, Expert Guides, July 25, 2017
•Caplin & Drysdale Lawyers Improve Their 2017 Chambers' Rankings, Chambers USA, June 2, 2017
•Caplin & Drysdale Lawyers Listed Among D.C.'s Most Prominent Practitioners, Super Lawyers, April 27, 2017
•Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys Mentor ABA Rule of Law Initiative Fellows from Croatia, February 27, 2017
•Best Lawyers in America Lists 18 Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys, U.S. News & World Report, August 15, 2016
•Caplin & Drysdale Listed Among Top Lawyers for Tax, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Political Law, Chambers USA, June 1, 2016
•Super Lawyers Recognizes Caplin & Drysdale Lawyers from Several Practice Areas, Super Lawyers, April 26, 2016
•Scott Michel Comments on the Trends in IRS Criminal Enforcement, Tax Notes, December 21, 2015
•Washingtonian Names Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys Among Washington's Top Lawyers, November 19, 2015
•Senators Praise DOJ Tax Division Nominee Cono Namorato, Tax Notes Today, July 23, 2015
•The Daily Tax Report Quotes Cono Namorato on Nomination Hearing for DOJ Position, Daily Tax Report, July 22, 2015
•Clients and Peers Distinguish Caplin & Drysdale in Chambers' Rankings, Chambers USA, May 19, 2015
•Super Lawyers Lists Caplin & Drysdale Lawyers, Caplin & Drysdale, April 23, 2015
•Caplin & Drysdale's White Collar Defense Practice Earns Recognition, Corporate LiveWire, April 9, 2015
•President Obama Nominates Caplin Attorney To Head DOJ Tax Division, Law360, February 25, 2015
•White House Backs Caplin & Drysdale Lawyer For DOJ Tax Post, Legal Times, February 24, 2015
•President Obama Announces Intent to Nominate Cono Namorato for Assistant Attorney General, Caplin & Drysdale, February 24, 2015
•President Obama Announces Nominee Cono Namorato for Top Spot at DOJ Tax Division, Tax Notes, February 24, 2015
•President Obama Nominates Cono Namorato as Top Tax Prosecutor, International Tax Monitor, February 24, 2015
•Caplin & Drysdale Lawyers Earn Best Lawyers Ranking, August 21, 2014
•Clients and Peers Recommend Caplin & Drysdale in 2014 Legal 500 Ranking, The Legal 500, July 1, 2014
•Caplin & Drysdale Earns Top Honors in 2014 Chambers USA, Chambers USA, May 28, 2014
•The Washington Post Lists Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys Among the Top Attorneys in D.C., The Washington Post, April 30, 2014
•Tax Directors Handbook Recommends Caplin & Drysdale As A Leading Tax Law Firm, Tax Directors Handbook, December 19, 2013
•Washingtonian Recognizes Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys Among Washington's Best Lawyers, Washingtonian Magazine, December 3, 2013
•DOJ Deal with Swiss Banks Impacts U.S. Taxpayers and Financial Firms Around the World, Caplin & Drysdale, October 31, 2013
•19 Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys Achieve Best Lawyers in America Ranking, U.S. News & World Report, October 21, 2013
•Mark Matthews, Scott Michel and Cono Namorato Comment On U.S.-Swiss Tax Agreement, Thomson Reuters, International Taxes Weekly, August 30, 2013
•U.S.-Swiss Tax Deal Impacts U.S. Account Holders and Dozens of Swiss Financial Institutions, Caplin & Drysdale, August 29, 2013
•Caplin & Drysdale Comments on ICIJ's Offshore Leaks Database, Caplin & Drysdale, June 17, 2013
•The Legal 500 Recommends Caplin & Drysdale As a Leading Firm For 2013, The Legal 500, June 3, 2013
•14 Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys Recognized in Chambers USA 2013, Chambers USA, May 29, 2013
•Super Lawyers Lists Nineteen Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys, Super Lawyers, April 29, 2013
•Fortune Talks With Cono Namorato on Victory for Offshore Account Holders, Fortune, April 29, 2013
•Chambers and Legal 500 Recognize Caplin & Drysdale in 2012 Top Rankings, Chambers USA / The Legal 500, June 12, 2012
•The Washingtonian Lists Eight Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys as Top Lawyers in Washington, Washingtonian Magazine, December 30, 2011
•The Best Lawyers in America Ranks 19 Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field, U.S. News & World Report, September 1, 2011
•Chambers and Legal 500 Recognize Caplin & Drysdale in 2011 Top Rankings, Chambers USA / The Legal 500, June 16, 2011
•19 Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News & World Report, August 4, 2010
•Chambers USA and Legal 500 Recognize Caplin & Drysdale in 2010 Top Rankings, Chambers USA / The Legal 500, June 15, 2010
•Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys Comment on the End of the Era of Bank Secrecy, Forexyard, Bloomberg, PRLog, FA Magazine, etc., May 4, 2010
•Washingtonian Magazine Lists Six Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys as Top Lawyers in Washington, Washingtonian Magazine, November 1, 2009
•Radio Interview: Many Swiss Account Holders 'Petrified' Over U.S. Tax Probe, World Radio Switzerland, October 16, 2009
•Chambers USA 2009 Recognizes Eight Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys as ‘America's Leading Lawyers', Chambers USA, June 15, 2009
•Super Lawyers Recognizes Nine Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys in Five Practice Areas, Super Lawyers, March 27, 2009
•Countries in Europe and Asia Agree to Modify Treaty Provisions: Profound Implications for Noncompliant U.S. Taxpayers With Foreign Accounts, Caplin & Drysdale, March 13, 2009
•Caplin & Drysdale Member Cono Namorato Interviewed on Money Matters, Money Matters, March 13, 2009
•Is Big Business Scared of Obama?, The Wall Street Journal Law Blog, January 2, 2009

American College of Tax Counsel.

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Tax Crimes
  • White Collar Defense

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(202) 862-5090  Phone
University Attended:
Iona College, B.A., 1963
Law School Attended:
Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1968
Year of First Admission:
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. Tax Court; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; District of Columbia Court of Appeals; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; 1968, New York; 1969, District of Columbia

Other Professional Affiliations

Member, American Bar Association (Past Chair, Sub-committee on Criminal Tax Policy, Taxation Section, Committee on Civil and Criminal Tax Sanctions)

fellow, American Bar Foundation

fellow, American College of Tax Counsel

Professional Activities

Mr. Namorato has held prominent positions in the American Bar Association's Sections of Taxation and Litigation, and is a frequent speaker on matters relating to professional ethics, criminal tax, and other white collar criminal enforcement issues. He received his law degree from the Brooklyn Law School, after beginning his career at the IRS, where he served as a Special Agent in the Intelligence Division (now the Criminal Investigation Division).


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