Kaplan is widely recognized as a leading securities litigator and has led the prosecution of numerous securities fraud actions, recovering hundreds of millions of dollars for the victims of corporate wrongdoing. Recently, he was listed by defense and corporate counsel as one of the top 75 plaintiffs’ attorneys in the United States for all disciplines. Kaplan was listed as one of the top five attorneys for securities litigation. See Complete List. He was also recognized by Legal 500 as one of the top securities litigators in the United States for 2011, 2012 and 2013 and was recognized as Super Lawyer for Securities Litigation in the New York Metro Area. He was lead counsel for CalPERS in AOL Time Warner Cases I & II (Ca. Sup. Ct., L.A. Cty.), and was a lead in In re Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. Securities, Derivative & ERISA Litigation, In re Escala Securities Litigation and In re Bank of America Corp. Securities Litigation, in which a settlement in the amount of $2.425 billion and corporate governance changes was recently approved by the Court.
He has also earned a reputation as a leading litigator in the antitrust arena and is a lead counsel in In re Air Cargo Antitrust Litigation (more than $500 million in settlements to date) and was recently appointed by Courts as lead counsel in the DIPF Antitrust Litigation and as a member of a four person plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in In re Pool Products Distribution Market Antitrust Litigation. He previously served, among others, as lead counsel in numerous plaintiff treble damage actions including In re HFCS Antitrust Litigation ($530 million in settlements) In re Flat Glass Antitrust Litigation ($120 million in settlements) and Hydrogen Peroxide Antitrust Litigation (more than $80 million in settlements).
Kaplan honed his litigation skills as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. There, he gained significant experience litigating both civil and criminal actions. He also served as law clerk to the Hon. Sylvester J. Ryan, then chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and served as an acting judge of the City Court for the City of Rye, N.Y., from 1990 to 1993.
Kaplan’s published articles include: “Complaint and Discovery In Securities Cases,” Trial, April 1987; “Franchise Statutes and Rules,” Westchester Bar Topics, Winter 1983; “Roots Under Attack: Alexander v. Haley and Courlander v. Haley,” Communications and the Law, July 1979; and “Israeli Antitrust Policy and Practice,” Record of the Association of the Bar, May 1971.
Kaplan sits on the boards of several community organizations, including the Board of Directors of the Carver Center in Port Chester, N.Y., the Board of Trustees of the Rye Free Reading Room in Rye, N.Y and Member of the Dana Farber Visiting Committee, Thoracic Oncology in Boston, MA. Kaplan is also a member of the Program Committee of the Federal Bar Council.