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Michael V. Kaplen

About Michael Kaplen

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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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