Washington (Dec. 31, 2003) -- As part of what it says is a broader effort to strengthen professional standards, the Internal Revenue Service has tapped high-profile tax attorney Cono Namorato as director of the Office of Professional Responsibility.

Namorato joins the IRS from Caplin & Drysdale's Washington office, where he was a partner specializing in representing individuals and corporations in white collar criminal investigations. Prior to joining Caplin & Drysdale in 1978, he worked for ten years in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, eventually serving as deputy assistant attorney general in charge of criminal tax enforcement.

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