New York Law Firm Expands To Washington

By: Sara Gilgore

New York City-based Kostelanetz & Fink LLP has launched a Washington practice.

The law firm opened in D.C. — its first office outside of Manhattan in 60 years of operation — at 601 New Jersey Ave. NW. It will serve as an extension of the firm’s government-oriented tax, regulatory and white-collar criminal work, said Bryan Skarlatos, its managing partner, in a statement.

Caroline Ciraolo and Jay Nanavati, both formerly of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Tax Division, will head the new office as founding partners. Ciraolo, who served as acting assistant attorney general, and Nanavati, who was assistant chief of the Tax Division's Criminal Enforcement Section for the Western Region, will focus in areas of civil tax controversies and tax advice, representing people and institutions involved with white collar and criminal tax investigations and prosecutions.

Their experience in government and as defense attorneys will help to grow the firm’s practice in Washington, Skarlatos said in a statement.

In her prior role with the Department of Justice, Ciraolo was involved with increased civil and criminal employment tax enforcement and a focus on traditional tax crimes. She had previously worked as an attorney in Baltimore with clients in both civil and criminal tax cases, at state and federal levels.

Nanavati comes to Kostelanetz & Fink after more than a decade as a state and federal prosecutor, doing white-collar criminal defense and investigations for an international practice.

Kostelanetz & Fink specializes in white-collar criminal defense and complex litigation, tax audits and trials, and regulatory investigation, and it also offers tax planning services, estate planning and representation in government contracting and procurement.

Its expansion to D.C. follows news earlier this week that Big Four accounting firm PwC will launch its first U.S. law firm in the District.

Kostelanetz & Fink will host an official launch event at the new D.C. office Monday for colleagues and friends in the region.

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