Felix B. Laughlin

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  • Senior Counsel at Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered (67 Attorneys)
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Felix Laughlin is a Senior Counsel in Caplin & Drysdale's Washington, D.C., office. He joined the firm in 2012.

Government Experience

From 1967 to 1971, Mr. Laughlin served in several senior positions in the National Office of the Internal Revenue Service where he had policy and technical responsibility for corporate transactions and tax accounting issues. During this period, he had responsibility for the Corporate Reorganization Branch of the Interpretive Division of the Chief Counsel's Office.


Mr. Laughlin advises corporations and international organizations on tax matters, and handles large-case controversies before the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Federal Courts.

Mr. Laughlin has worked extensively as an advocate on behalf of corporate clients in large-case tax disputes with the IRS. He has been the lead tax controversy advisor for a number of major U.S. corporations and has handled some of the most significant tax cases litigated in recent times.

In one such case, Mr. Laughlin's legal team won a victory for the Federal National Mortgage Association in a U.S. Supreme Court case allowing tax-deductible losses on exchanges of mortgage pools having substantially identical characteristics, establishing the hair-trigger nature of the realization rule in Treasury Regulation section 1.1001-1(a). Cottage Savings & Loan Assoc. v. Commissioner, 111 S. Ct. 1503 (1991).

Mr. Laughlin is recognized as a leader in the field of Tax Law in Best Lawyers in America.

Recent Publications

• 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
• Accounting Methods - Which Retroactive 'Corrections' Require IRS Consent?, Tax Lawyer, Vol. 56, No. 101, September 1, 2002
• The IRS Reorganization: Programs and Initiatives of the New Large Case Division, with Mark D. Allison, Administrative Law Review, Vol. 53, No. 2, May 1, 2001

Awards & Rankings

The Legal 500, Recommended, 2013-Present
Super Lawyers, Washington, D.C, 2011-Present
Best Lawyers in America, Listed 1995-2017
The Washington Post, Top Attorneys in D.C., 2014
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Recent News

•18 Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers in D.C., April 23, 2018
•Caplin & Drysdale Lawyers Listed Among D.C.'s Most Prominent Practitioners, Super Lawyers, April 27, 2017
•Felix Laughlin Speaks to Tax Notes on the Debt-Equity Regs in 1980 and Today, Tax Notes, July 25, 2016
•Super Lawyers Recognizes Caplin & Drysdale Lawyers from Several Practice Areas, Super Lawyers, April 26, 2016
•The Washington Post Quotes Felix Laughlin on Donated 390-Year-Old Bonsai Tree That Survived Atomic Bomb, The Washington Post, August 2, 2015
•Super Lawyers Lists Caplin & Drysdale Lawyers, Caplin & Drysdale, April 23, 2015
•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
•The Legal 500 Recommends Caplin & Drysdale As a Leading Firm For 2013, The Legal 500, June 3, 2013
•Super Lawyers Lists Nineteen Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys, Super Lawyers, April 29, 2013
•Caplin & Drysdale Announces Expansion of Tax Practice and Relocation of New York Office, September 20, 2012

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Tax Controversies
  • Business
  • Investment & Transactional Tax

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(202) 862-5056  Phone
University Attended:
The University of Tennessee, B.S., 1967
Law School Attended:
University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif, 1967; Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., 1971
Year of First Admission:
1988, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; 1969, U.S. Court of Federal Claims; 1968, U.S. Tax Court; 1972, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; 1992, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; 1967, Tennessee; 1972, District of Columbia; 1970, U.S. Supreme Court

Other Professional Affiliations

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Federal Bar Association

Past Chairman, Federal Bar Association Tax Section

Member of Board, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

President, National Bonsai Foundation

Past Chairman, World Bonsai Friendship Federation

Member of Board, North Carolina Arboretum


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