Mr. Drysdale met Mortimer Caplin when he was a student in Mr. Caplin’s tax class at the University of Virginia School of Law. The two founded Caplin & Drysdale together in 1964. Other than a brief stint with an oil and gas company in Houston, Mr. Drysdale remained at Caplin & Drysdale for his entire career. As a practicing attorney, Mr. Drysdale represented clients for nearly 50 years, primarily in tax matters. His practice emphasized counseling high-net-worth individuals, especially those with wealth centered in closely held business interests, advising corporations on tax and business matters, and advising tax-exempt organizations and related individuals on difficult tax issues. Mr. Drysdale served as a mentor and role model to generations of Caplin & Drysdale attorneys. He retired from private practice in 2013.
Mr. Drysdale taught in both the commerce and law schools at UVA over many years, offering courses such as accounting, banking law, and tax practice. He was a life-long supporter of his alma maters, the University of Virginia and the University of Lynchburg. Mr. Drysdale served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Lynchburg from 2008 to 2015. The Drysdale Student Center at Lynchburg serves as a tribute to Mr. and Mrs. Drysdale’s core values of leadership and service.
Mr. Drysdale died on November 27, 2018. He will be remembered as a brilliant lawyer, a wonderful colleague and mentor, and a consummate gentleman.
(1924 - 2018)
Other Professional Affiliations
Lecturer in Taxation, University of Virginia School of Law, 1960-1981