Skip links

Super Lawyers Names Caroline Ciraolo and Jay Nanavati as Top Tax and White-Collar Attorneys in D.C.

Ciraolo Named to Top 50 Women and Nanavati Selected Among Top 100 Lawyers for 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 22, 2024) — Super Lawyers has selected Caroline D. Ciraolo and Jay R. Nanavati as “Top” attorneys in Washington, D.C., with Caroline being named to the rating agency’s “Top 50 Women” and Jay being selected among the “Top 100” lawyers in Washington D.C. for 2024.

In addition to the “Top” lists, Super Lawyers has recognized Caroline as a leading tax attorney and Jay as a leading white-collar criminal defense attorney for 2024. Caroline has also been recognized by Maryland Super Lawyers as a “Top Rated Tax Attorney in Baltimore, MD” for 2024.

“Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Washington DC via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research, and peer evaluation. Washington DC lawyers who receive the highest point totals during this selection process are further recognized in Washington DC Super Lawyers Top Lists,” Super Lawyers notes.

Super Lawyers’ annual lists comprise a limited number of attorneys in each state who are chosen based on an evaluation of 12 indicators, including peer recognition and professional achievement in legal practice. Only 5 percent of applicant attorneys are chosen, according to Super Lawyers.

In 2023, 13 Kostelanetz attorneys, including 9 partners, were included on either the New York Metro, Washington DC, and/or Maryland annual Super Lawyers list. Additionally, Sharon L. McCarthy was named by Super Lawyers as one of the “Top 100” attorneys and one of the “Top 50 Women” lawyers in the New York Metro Area for 2023.

Jay and Caroline lead Kostelanetz LLP’s Washington, D.C. office and have built a national tax controversy and white-collar defense practice there, representing clients in complex civil federal and state tax controversies, sensitive tax audits, administrative IRS appeals, and tax and white-collar litigation, including providing related tax advice, conducting internal investigations, navigating domestic and foreign compliance options including voluntary disclosures, and representing individuals and businesses in criminal tax fraud and white collar investigations and prosecutions.

In addition to their Super Lawyers recognitions, Caroline and Jay have both been recognized by Chambers USA for Tax Fraud – Nationwide and Tax – D.C. Caroline has also been named in Chambers’ top tier of lawyers for High Net Worth clients in the category of Tax: Private Client. Both have also been repeatedly named to Best Lawyers, with Caroline being named Lawyer of the Year – Litigation and Controversy – Tax, for Washington, D.C., in 2024 and 2022, and for Maryland in 2012.

Jay is a veteran federal prosecutor and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Caroline served from 2015 to 2017 as head of the Justice Department’s Tax Division. Both are Fellows of the American College of Tax Counsel and active members of the ABA’s Section on Taxation.

About Kostelanetz LLP

For more than 75 years, Kostelanetz LLP has built a global reputation as a law firm of choice for clients facing high-stakes controversies and negotiations with government agencies. Our attorneys have extensive experience in tax controversies and white-collar criminal defense and are regularly called upon to handle the most challenging and sensitive cases and internal investigations. Important parts of the firm’s practice include tax and estate planning, commercial litigation, government procurement, and government contracting.