Michael Kaplen

De Caro & Kaplen, LLP
427 Bedford Road
Suite 360
Pleasantville, NY 10570

Michael V. Kaplen is a Professorial Lecturer in Law at The George Washington University Law School where he teaches the only course in the nation devoted to traumatic brain injury law.  He is board certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and is board certified in medical malpractice, and a member of the board of governors of the American Board of Professional Liability attorneys.

Michael is a member of the New York State Traumatic Brain Injury Services Coordinating Council and chaired the council from 2007 to 2013.

Michael was an invited guest and participant in the 2014, White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit.  Michael served as a Vice President of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers and continues to serve as a member of their board of directors.

He is the three term past president of the Brain Injury Association of New York State and past chairperson of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Automobile, Highway and Premise Liability Section and past 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 on the Board of Directors of Public Justice.  Michael served as a member of the Medical Malpractice Screening Panel, New York State Appellate Division, First and Second Judicial Departments.

Besides his teaching responsibilities at The George Washington University Law School, he has taught courses in trial practice and medical malpractice at St. John's University School of Law and is Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Graduate School of Psychology, Touro College.  He is a guest lecturer at The George Washington University School, Graduate School of Education and Human Development and a member of the Board of Advisors, The New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Program, Brain Injury Research Center of Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York.

He has been selected a New York Super Lawyer for the last 12 years and named as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in New York State by the American Association of Trial Lawyers.  He is co-author of the chapter on NeuroLaw in the Psychiatric Clinics of North America’s special edition on Traumatic Brain Injury published by the American Psychiatric Association and has co-authored the expert column on Traumatic Brain Injury published by the New York Law Journal.

Mr. Kaplen’s legal practice focuses on personal injury, representing persons with a traumatic brain injury and other catastrophic injuries caused by negligence and medical malpractice throughout the United States.  He is admitted to the bars of New York, Florida and the District of Columbia.