WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 19, 2018) – Kostelanetz & Fink is pleased to announce that partners Caroline D. Ciraolo and Jay R. Nanavati have been selected for inclusion on the 2019 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers list. Ciraolo, who was previously included on this list in 2018, was recognized for her excellence in tax law and Nanavati makes his first appearance on the list as a top-rated white-collar criminal defense attorney. Super Lawyers describes itself as a “rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.”
Ciraolo and Nanavati co-founded Kostelanetz & Fink’s Washington, D.C. office in 2017. Ciraolo served as Acting Assistant Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Tax Division from 2015 to 2017. Her practice focuses on complex and sophisticated civil tax controversies, including representation in sensitive audits, administrative appeals, and litigation in federal and state courts and tax tribunals, providing related tax advice, including advice on uncertain tax positions, financial reporting, claims for refund, amended returns, voluntary disclosures, and internal investigations, and representing individuals and institutions in criminal tax investigations and prosecutions.
Nanavati spent more than a decade as both a federal and state prosecutor. He supervised more than 30 federal tax prosecutors and oversaw criminal tax enforcement for a region covering 22 states, and he has conducted dozens of jury trials and hundreds of bench trials. Nanavati maintains a nationwide practice, focusing on white-collar criminal defense with an emphasis on tax-related matters. He represents individuals and entities facing investigations and prosecutions by the IRS, the FBI, state investigative agencies, U.S. Attorney’s offices, and the Department of Justice Tax Division. His clients rely on his ability to analyze cases from the government's perspective and trust his sound judgment to guide them through their most difficult challenges. Most recently, Nanavati was part of the trial team for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in the Eastern District of Virginia.
Inclusion in the annual Super Lawyers list is “an honorary distinction, as only a limited number of attorneys in each state are chosen based off of 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 2018, 10 partners and one associate at Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP were included in the annual Super Lawyers list.