Beth Shapiro Kaufman - Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered

Beth Shapiro Kaufman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003

Beth Shapiro Kaufman is a Member in Caplin & Drysdale's Washington, D.C., office. She was named President of the firm in 2015. 

Ms. Kaufman rejoined the firm's Private Client Group in 2001 after working for over six years in the Treasury Department's Office of Tax Policy. Serving first as Attorney Advisor and then as Associate Tax Legislative Counsel, Ms. Kaufman had principal responsibility for all tax policy matters affecting trusts and estates, including estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes, as well as income taxation of trusts and estates. She has continued her focus in these areas in private practice.


At Caplin & Drysdale, Ms. Kaufman assists wealthy individuals with their estate planning. She also advises lawyers and other professionals on complex issues regarding estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes. She is frequently retained by counsel to assist in estate and gift tax audits, to advocate a taxpayer's position before the Internal Revenue Service, or to seek a private letter ruling.


While with the government, Ms. Kaufman was the primary Treasury representative involved in the legislative and regulatory developments affecting the taxation of trusts and estates. Legislative projects included the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 and the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001. Regulatory projects included regulations on qualified domestic trusts, generation-skipping transfer tax, charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, adequate disclosure for gift tax purposes, separate share, definition of foreign and domestic trusts, and valuation tables.

Pomona CollegeBA 1981Harvard UniversityJ.D. 1984

Office Location

One Thomas Circle, NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Trusts and Estates of the Washington DC Metro Area
Beth Shapiro Kaufman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!

Practice Areas

Trusts and Estates (Estate Planning, Tax)

Other Information

Gender: Female