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.
Licensed since 1980
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||1981||08/17/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Public Policy Award||Brain Injury Association of New York State||2011|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers Association||N/A|
|Public Justice Achievement Award||Trial Lawyers for Public Justice||N/A|
|Senior Partner||De Caro & Kaplen, LLP||1982 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Brain Injury Association of New York State||Past President||N/A|
|Sarah Jane Brain Injury Foundation||Board of Legal Advisors||N/A|
|New York County Lawyers' Association||Tort Section, Co-chair||N/A|
|Interstate Bus Litigation Group, American Assoc for Justice||Advisory Board||N/A|
|American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys||Board of Directors||N/A|
|Public Justice||Board of Directors||N/A|
|Melvin M. Belli Society||Board of Governors||N/A|
|New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers||Vice President||N/A|
|American Association for Justice||Past Chair Motor Vehicle, & Premises Liability Section||N/A|
|American Academy of Brain Injury Attorneys||President||N/A|
|American Association of Justice, Traumatic Brain injury Litigation Group||Past Chair||N/A|
|Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America||National Board of Advisors||N/A|
|New York Law Journal||Traumatic Brain Injury: Detecting, Defining, Litigating||2011|
|Psychiatric Clinics of North America||Current Issues in Neurolaw||2010|
|Thompson Publishing Group/West||Ethical Considerations in Representing a Person with a Brain Injury||N/A|
|Brooklyn Law School||N/A||law||N/A|
|Marquette University||N/A||Neuroanatomical Dissection of the Human Brain and Spinal Cord||N/A|
|Annual Legal Updates||New York Evidence Update||2012|
|Annual Legal Conference||Legal Review of Sports Concussion Management and Sports Concussion Litigation||2012|
|Grand Rounds Emergency Medicine||• Medical Malpractice in the Emergency Department||2011|
|Fifth Annual National Summit on Sports Concussions||Sports Concussion Legislation||2011|
|Annual Medical and Legal Conference||• Sports Concussions-An Approach to Effective Legislation||2011|
|Annual Legal Updae||New York Evidence Update Presentation||2011|
|World Congress on Brain Injury||• Challenges in the Field of Neuolaw in the 21st Century||2010|
|Touro Law School Attorney Conference||An Attorney’s Introduction to Traumatic Brain Injury||2010|
|New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers||Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury||2010|
|Interstate Trucking Lawyer Legal Conference||• Proving A Traumatic Brain Injury in a Truck Accident||2010|