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Michael V. Kaplen is a Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School and the immediate past Chairperson of the New York State Traumatic Brain Injury Services Coordinating Council.  He served for 9 years as President of the Brain Injury Association of New York State and is President of the American Academy of Brain Injury Attorneys. He also serves as board member of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, Board of Governors of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys and the Board of Directors of the Melvin M. Belli Society.   


He has served as chairperson of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Automobile, Highway and Premise Liability Section and chair of the AAJ Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group. He served as the co-chair of the Tort Section of the New York County Lawyer’s Association and has served on the Board of Directors of Public Justice.


He is board certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and is board certified by the American Board of Professional Liability attorneys in the field of medical malpractice. 


He has been named a New York Super Lawyer for the past eight years and one of the top 100 trial lawyers in New York State by the American Association of Trial Lawyers. He is an elected fellow of the Melvin M. Belli Society.  He has co-authored the chapter on NeuroLaw in the Psychiatric Clinics of North America’s special edition on Traumatic Brain Injury published by the American Psychiatric Association.


Mr. Kaplen’s legal practice focuses on representing persons with catasphtrophic injuried caused by automobile accidents, bus and truck collisions, medical malpractice, construction site accidents and dangerous premises.


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  1. Brain Injury: 25%
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
    36 years
  3. Medical Malpractice: 25%
    36 years
  4. Car Accidents: 25%



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De Caro & Kaplen, LLP

427 Bedford Road,
Suite 360
Pleasantville, NY, 10570-3041


FLMember in Good Standing198109/08/2015
NYCurrently registered 198003/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Public Policy AwardBrain Injury Association of New York State2011
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A
Public Justice Achievement AwardTrial Lawyers for Public JusticeN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior PartnerDe Caro & Kaplen, LLP1982 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Brain Injury Association of New York StatePast PresidentN/A
Sarah Jane Brain Injury FoundationBoard of Legal AdvisorsN/A
New York County Lawyers' AssociationTort Section, Co-chairN/A
Interstate Bus Litigation Group, American Assoc for JusticeAdvisory BoardN/A
American Board of Professional Liability AttorneysBoard of DirectorsN/A
Public JusticeBoard of DirectorsN/A
Melvin M. Belli SocietyBoard of GovernorsN/A
New York State Academy of Trial LawyersVice PresidentN/A
American Association for JusticePast Chair Motor Vehicle, & Premises Liability SectionN/A
American Academy of Brain Injury AttorneysPresidentN/A
American Association of Justice, Traumatic Brain injury Litigation GroupPast ChairN/A
Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of AmericaNational Board of AdvisorsN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
New York Law JournalTraumatic Brain Injury: Detecting, Defining, Litigating2011
Psychiatric Clinics of North AmericaCurrent Issues in Neurolaw2010
Thompson Publishing Group/WestEthical Considerations in Representing a Person with a Brain InjuryN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Brooklyn Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Marquette UniversityN/ANeuroanatomical Dissection of the Human Brain and Spinal CordN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual Legal UpdatesNew York Evidence Update2012
Annual Legal ConferenceLegal Review of Sports Concussion Management and Sports Concussion Litigation2012
Grand Rounds Emergency Medicine• Medical Malpractice in the Emergency Department2011
Fifth Annual National Summit on Sports ConcussionsSports Concussion Legislation2011
Annual Medical and Legal Conference• Sports Concussions-An Approach to Effective Legislation2011
Annual Legal UpdaeNew York Evidence Update Presentation2011
World Congress on Brain Injury• Challenges in the Field of Neuolaw in the 21st Century2010
Touro Law School Attorney ConferenceAn Attorney’s Introduction to Traumatic Brain Injury2010
New York State Academy of Trial LawyersUnderstanding Traumatic Brain Injury2010
Interstate Trucking Lawyer Legal Conference• Proving A Traumatic Brain Injury in a Truck Accident2010