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  • LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, 2012, with distinction
  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2005
  • B.A., The University of Chicago, 1999

Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Other Professional Affiliations

Member, U.S. Council for International Business

Member, Leadership Advisory Committee, National Women’s Law Center, 2017-2018

Kirsten Burmester

Member, Washington, D.C.
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Kirsten Burmester is a Member in Caplin & Drysdale's Washington, D.C., office. She joined the firm in 2005, after earning her Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. She holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Chicago and conducted economic analysis for a litigation consulting firm prior to law school.


Ms. Burmester's practice at Caplin & Drysdale focuses on a broad range of domestic and international tax issues, including both planning and controversy work. She has extensive experience advising high-net-worth individuals with respect to closely held businesses and international taxation issues, as well as counseling clients on a variety of general tax issues that arise in the private client practice.  Ms. Burmester frequently represents foreign individuals on pre-immigration planning and structuring investments into the U.S., and advises U.S. individuals on the U.S. tax implications of offshore investment and estate planning structures.  She offers guidance to businesses on international taxation issues, including subpart F issues and transfer pricing. Furthermore, Ms. Burmester counsels clients under tax examination about these various issues and represented them in audits.

Ms. Burmester also has substantial experience helping clients with the IRS's Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative and representing them in audits arising from the U.S. government's enforcement effort against undeclared foreign bank accounts.

Awards & Rankings

  • The Legal 500, Recommended, 2017-Present
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Washington, D.C., 2015

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, Cross-Border Individual Matters, The George Washington University Law School and IRS, 32nd Annual Institute on Current Issues in International Taxation, December 19, 2019
  • Speaker, Part 2 of 5 International Tax Lunch Series: The BEAT Regulations, D.C. Bar, December 5, 2019
  • Panelist, Recent IRS Guidance re BEAT, FDII, GILTI, Captive Services: Technical Update, National Association for Business Economics, 9th Annual NABE Transfer Pricing Symposium, July 16, 2019
  • Moderator, Choice of Entity and Structuring for Individual Investors and Closely-Held Businesses After Tax Reform, 2019 ABA Section of Taxation May Meeting, May 10, 2019
  • Panelist, Debate: Do Tax Treaties Matter, or Has Their Time Passed?, USA Branch of International Fiscal Association, 2019 Annual Conference, February 22, 2019
  • Panelist, Cross-Border Individual Matters, The George Washington University Law School and IRS, 31st Annual Institute on Current Issues in International Taxation, December 13, 2018
  • Moderator, Transfer Pricing Disputes: APAs, Audits & ICAP, International Tax Dispute Resolution & Litigation Summit, November 29, 2018
  • Speaker, Nonresident Alien Tax Compliance, The Maryland Association of CPAs 2018 Advanced Tax Institute Conference, November 12, 2018
  • Panelist, Recent International Tax Developments Under TCJA – Section 965, GILTI and BEAT, Committee of Banking Institutions on Taxation (CBIT), 49th Annual Fall Tax Day, October 25, 2018
  • Speaker, Nonresident Alien Tax Compliance: Challenges and Planning Techniques for Tax Professionals, Strafford Publications, August 7, 2018
  • Speaker, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Transfer Pricing Implications for Financial Services Companies, National Association for Business Economics, 8th Annual NABE Transfer Pricing Symposium, July 18, 2018
  • Presenter, Estate Planning Under H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, STEP Mid Atlantic, January 31, 2018
  • Speaker, Implications of the 2017 Tax Act: International, Bloomberg Tax, January 23, 2018
  • Faculty, Avoiding Foreign Trust Throwback Tax on Distributions to U.S. Beneficiaries from Undistributed Net Income, Strafford Publications, November 28, 2017
  • Panelist, Tax and Immigration: Threats and Planning for the Global Citizen, AICPA - American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, September 28, 2017
  • Panelist, Mastering Form 5472: New Filing Requirements for Foreign Individuals, LLCs, and Companies, Strafford Publications, CPE/EA Webinar, May 24, 2017
  • Speaker, Workshop D - Successfully Using APAs: Maximizing Opportunities & Avoiding Pitfalls, TP Minds Americas, February 23, 2017
  • Panelist, Analysis of the Master/Local Files (Action 13), Tax Executives Institute Inc., 2016 U.S. International Tax Seminar - BEPS is Now, April 29, 2016
  • Panelist, Using APAs to Mitigate Risk and Disputes in the Age of BEPS, TP Minds Americas, February 23, 2016
  • Panelist, Mastering Form 3520: Reporting Foreign Trust Activities on U.S. Income Tax Returns, Strafford Publications, CPE/EA Webinar, July 16, 2015
  • Panelist, Back-to-Basics: An Overview of International Civil and Criminal Penalties, DC Bar Tax Section, New Practitioners Committee, January 3, 2012
  • Panelist, FBAR for the Fiduciary, DC Bar Tax Section, Estate Planning Committee, October 18, 2011

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Recent Publications

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