Mr. Kaplan received his B.A. degree in political science from Syracuse University in 1988 and his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law in 1991. He was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1991, the New York Bar in 1992 and the Georgia Bar in 2006. In addition to the state courts of Georgia, New York and Connecticut, Mr. Kaplan is admitted to practice in every federal district court in New York, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Court of International Trade, the Second, Third, Fourth, Ninth, Eleventh and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Mr. Kaplan joined the firm as a partner in April 2005. He was formerly a partner at Harnes Keller LLP in New York, New York where he litigated a number of cases in the areas of corporate governance, investor rights, securities fraud and consumer protection.
In addition to representing shareholders in derivative and class action litigation, Mr. Kaplan also focuses on representing consumers in class action litigation against financial institutions. He has played a significant role in numerous successful actions in the state and federal courts challenging the imposition of overdraft fees caused by banks' reordering of depositors' ATM and debit card transactions from highest amount to lowest amount. He is currently co-lead counsel in a number of cases in the federal courts against banks that contract with illegal payday lenders to debit borrowers' accounts using the ACH banking network.
In 2006, as co-lead counsel for a certified nationwide class of inkjet printer owners, Mr. Kaplan and Chitwood partner Gregory Keller obtained a settlement valued in excess of $350 million from Seiko Epson Corporation's American subsidiary arising from claims that Epson inkjet printer cartridges falsely indicated "empty" and shut down while significant ink remained in the cartridge. That settlement in Epson Ink Cartridge Cases (Superior Ct. of California, Los Angeles County) is thought to rank among the top five largest consumer class action settlements in U.S. history.
Mr. Kaplan is often interviewed on the subjects of class actions and investor lawsuits and articles about him have appeared in numerous media outlets including The Wall Stree Journal, The New York Times, The National Law Journal, Business Week, MSNBC and the Seattle Post Intelligencer. He recently appeared on the BBC Television program Watchdog and Television New Zealand's Fair Go.
Mr. Kaplan is a New York Metro Super Lawyer and is AV® Preeminent ™ Peer Review Rated. In 2013, Mr. Kaplan was elected a Trustee of the Village of Kensington, New York where he also serves as the Building Commissioner.