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Education

  • LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, 1997
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1982, Editor, Law & Policy in International Business
  • A.B., Dartmouth College, 1979

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. Tax Court

Other Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association (Sections of Taxation and Litigation)

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel

The District of Columbia Bar (Taxation Section)

Federal Bar Association, Section of Taxation

Government Experience

Office of Tax Legislative Counsel, U.S. Department of Treasury, 1995-1998

Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1984-1988

Christopher S. Rizek

Member, Washington, D.C.
(202) 862-8852
crizek@capdale.com | v-card | PDF
Christopher S. Rizek is a Member in Caplin & Drysdale's Washington, D.C., office. He also serves as General Counsel to the firm. In 2014, he was listed in the elite "Leading Lawyer" list for Tax Controversy by The Legal 500.

Services

Mr. Rizek represents taxpayers in all types of federal civil and criminal tax controversy matters. He also guides clients through IRS audits, prepares administrative claims and protests of IRS actions, and litigates tax and tax-related cases in U.S. district and appellate courts, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. Tax Court. In recent years, he has represented numerous financial and professional firms in connection with IRS examinations of tax shelter compliance issues.

Highlights

Mr. Rizek has a unique history of government service before joining the firm. His combination of practical and policy-level experience in government has given him special insight into the application of the tax laws and IRS procedures, which has been of great value to many of the firm's clients who are faced with complex tax controversies and litigation.

From 1995-1998, he was an Attorney-Advisor and Associate Tax Legislative Counsel with the U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Tax Legislative Counsel. While at theTreasury, he was responsible for regulations and legislation involving tax practice and procedure, including the Taxpayer Bill of Rights 2 (1996) and the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998.

From 1984-1988, Mr. Rizek was a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, and he received the Outstanding Attorney Award in 1986.

Professional Activities

Mr. Rizek is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and in the Spring of 2012 he taught the course Tax Practice & Procedure (Administrative) to IRS personnel. He has also been a guest lecturer at other law schools and universities. Mr. Rizek is active in civic organizations in Anne Arundel County, Maryland where he resides, and formerly served as Chairman of the Anne Arundel County Ethics Commission.

Awards & Rankings

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2005-Present
  • Super Lawyers, Washington, D.C., 2007-Present
  • Chambers USA, 2012-Present
  • The Legal 500, 2011, 2013-Present
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Recent News

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Recent Speaking Engagements

Mr. Rizek regularly speaks to tax, legal, and other professionals on a variety of tax issues. He has served in numerous capacities for various bar associations involved in taxation, including the ABA Section of Taxation, the DC Bar Tax Section, and the Section of Taxation of the Federal Bar Association.

Mr. Rizek's speaking engagements also include:
  • Speaker, Top 10 Ethics Issues That Get Tax Professionals in Trouble for Malpractice, 62nd Annual Taxation Conference, University of Texas School of Law, December 4, 2014
  • Panelist, How Far Can You Go? Ethical and Penalty Issues in Everyday Tax Practice, New York University School of Professional Studies, 73rd Institute on Federal Taxation, November 20, 2014
  • Panelist, Professional Responsibility Developments for Tax Professionals, Federal Bar Association, 37th Annual Insurance Tax Conference, November 13, 2014
  • Speaker, Civil Tax Penalties, 60th Annual William & Mary Law School Tax Conference, November 7, 2014
  • Panelist, Tax Court Procedures: Trial, Briefing, and Decisions, American Law Institute (ALI) CLE, Handling a Tax Controversy: Audit, Appeals, Litigation, & Collections, October 17, 2014
  • Moderator, Luncheon Program: Ethical Issues for Lawyers Wearing Multiple Hats, Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association (WMACCA), Non-Profits and Associations Forum: Wearing Multiple Hats - Common Challenges for GCs Advising Related Organizations, October 1, 2014
  • Panelist, The Fallout from Loving: How Broad an Impact on Circular 230?, American Bar Association, Ethics and Professionalism CLE, July 16, 2014
  • Panelist, How Many Shades of Grey? Current Ethical Issues for Tax Professionals, 66th Annual Virginia Conference on Federal Taxation, June 11, 2014
  • Moderator, Ethical Issues in Tax Practice, Federal Bar Association, 26th Annual Insurance Tax Seminar, May 30, 2014
  • Moderator, The Fallout from Loving: How Broad an Impact on Circular 230?", American Bar Association, 2014 May Meeting, May 9, 2014
  • Speaker, Taxpayers and the IRS: Is it Time for a Bill of Rights?, Tax Analysts, Public Discussion, March 27, 2014
  • Speaker, Ethical Challenges for In-House Tax Professionals, Tax Executives Institute (TEI), Houston Chapter, 26th Annual Tax School, February 3, 2014
  • Panelist, Ethical Issues for Tax Practitioners: Good Tax Planning, Aggressive Tax Advice, or Criminal Tax Evasion, New York University, 72nd Institute on Federal Taxation, November 21, 2013
  • Christopher S. Rizek to Speak at 37th Annual Insurance Tax Conference, December 6, 2012
  • Panelist, Penalties, More and More: How to Assess and Deal with Exposures and Seek Relief, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 60th Annual Taxation Conference, December 5, 2012
  • Panelist, Crossing the Line: Real Life Ethical Issues in Tax Practice, New York University, 71st Institute on Federal Taxation, November 15, 2012
  • Moderator, Litigating Section 7408 Actions, American Bar Association, 2012 Joint Fall CLE Meeting, September 14, 2012
  • Panelist, Ethics and the Corporate Tax Professional, Tax Executives Institute (TEI), Region VII Annual Conference, June 27, 2012
  • Moderator, Important Developments, American Bar Association, 2012 May Meeting, May 11, 2012
  • Scott Michel and Christopher Rizek to Speak at the Federal Bar Association's 36th Annual Tax Law Conference, March 2, 2012
  • Christopher Rizek to Speak at Taxpayer Reliance on "Formal" and "Informal" IRS Guidance, January 25, 2012
  • Panelist, Ethical and Penalty Issues in Tax Practice, New York University, 70th Institute on Federal Taxation, November 16, 2011
  • Moderator, Common Evidentiary Issues in Tax Cases, Part II, American Bar Association, 2011 Joint Fall CLE Meeting, October 21, 2011
  • Moderator, Tax Reliance on "Formal" and "Informal" IRS Guidance, American Bar Association, 2011 Joint Fall CLE Meeting, October 21, 2011
  • Taxes and the Guidance Problem, July 22, 2011
  • Chair, Court Procedure & Practice Roundtable, American Bar Association, 2011 May Meeting, May 6, 2011
  • Chair, Court Procedure & Practice Committee, American Bar Association, 2011 May Meeting, May 6, 2011
  • Circular 230 Important Revisions, February 23, 2011
  • Moderator, Regulation Validity/Judicial Deference, American Bar Association, 2011 Midyear Meeting, January 21, 2011
  • Chair, Effective Use of Experts in the Courtroom, American Bar Association, 2011 Midyear Meeting, January 21, 2011
  • Chair, Court Procedure and Practice Committee, American Bar Association, 2011 Midyear Meeting, January 21, 2011
  • Speaker, The Dirty Dozen: Retrospective of the Last 12 Years at the IRS Since Restructuring, Tax Executives Institute, Inc., Virginia Chapter Meeting, November 18, 2010
  • Changing Supervisory and Regulatory Landscape, October 4, 2010
  • Chair, Court Procedure & Practice Roundtable, American Bar Association, 2010 Joint Fall CLE Meeting, September 24, 2010
  • Chair, Opening Remarks - Court Procedure & Practice, American Bar Association, 2010 Joint Fall CLE Meeting, September 24, 2010
  • Straight from the Bench: How to Prepare Your Case for Tax Court, June 18, 2010
  • Ethical Issues for Tax Practitioners, June 3, 2010
  • Panelist, Section 7216 Regulations Governing Disclosure or Use of Information by Return Preparers, Federal Bar Association, March 5, 2010
  • Chair, Stipulations in the Tax Court, American Bar Association, 2010 Midyear Meeting, January 22, 2010
  • 4A - Ethics and the Federal Tax Practitioner, October 28, 2009
  • 68th Institute of Federal Taxation, October 18, 2009
  • Speaker, Statutes of Limitations Issues, American Bar Association, September 24, 2009
  • The Top Ten Things That Get Tax Lawyers into Trouble for Malpractice, April 11, 2007
  • Best Practices, February 7, 2007
  • Speaker, Ethical Issues That Arise in Tax Transactional Practice, New York University, 65th Institute on Federal Taxation, October 22, 2006

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Recent Publications

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