|Bruce S. Kaplan |
Bruce S. Kaplan has served as lead counsel in a number of complex commercial, financial services, and securities cases. His practice includes representation of corporate directors and officers in securities class actions and argument of appeals before both state and federal courts.
Commencing in September 2007, he has represented private equity firms in five matters arising out of disputes with banks that had signed commitment letters to provide financing for leveraged buyouts of major U.S. corporations. These matters include the firm's representation of entities sponsored by Bain Capital Partners, LLC and Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. in litigation over the funding of the $18 billion leveraged buyout of Clear Channel Communications, Inc. Mr. Kaplan also served as co-counsel to Hexion Specialty Chemicals in litigation relating to Hexion's 2007 merger agreement with Huntsman Corp.
Mr. Kaplan's trial practice has included both jury and bench trials of major commercial disputes, including representation of a manufacturer of footwear and apparel in a successful jury trial arising out of a failed acquisition and serving as lead trial counsel in a multiparty action in federal court involving the destruction by fire of a landmarked historical building. His caseload also has included representation of former directors of the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority sued in connection with losses resulting from transactions with an Enron subsidiary; representation of a major pharmaceutical company in negotiations and litigation arising from licensing and manufacturing agreements; and serving as counsel to a large media and entertainment company in employment discrimination investigations and litigation. Mr. Kaplan represented an equity investor in a major investment bank in pursuing to successful settlement his individual claims exceeding $1 billion.
Mr. Kaplan graduated from Columbia College in 1963 and from Harvard Law School in 1966. Following service in the U.S. Air Force, he was an associate at Kelley, Drye & Warren and then in the litigation department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. From 1978 until 1981, he served as Chief Assistant Corporation Counsel of New York City. In that position he had supervisory responsibility for all trials and appeals to which the City was a party, and personally served as the City's lead trial and appellate counsel in many significant cases involving federal securities laws, product liability, federal and state constitutional principles, and municipal contracts. In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Kaplan has conducted a weekly seminar in Pre-Trial Litigation Tactics and Strategies for lawyers at the New York City Law Department, and also has served as a Trustee of the Federal Bar Council and as Chair of the Council's Bench and Bar Conference. He also served as a member of the Judiciary Committee of the New York City Bar. Mr. Kaplan is a member of the New York State and American Bar Associations and is admitted to practice before the Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, and Fifth Circuits and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Mr. Kaplan has been selected for inclusion by Law & Politics in Super Lawyers® 2011 New York Edition for having attained the highest degree of peer recognition and professional achievement in the multiphase Super Lawyers selection process which includes, among other factors, peer evaluation. He also received this designation in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. In 2009, Mr. Kaplan was named as one of the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, an annual look at the lawyers who are handling the biggest cases and deals and making the greatest impact on the law.
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