Brian Kaplan > DLA Piper LLP (US) > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper LLP (US)
NEW YORK, NY 10020-1104
United States
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Partner; Chair, US Employment practice; Co-chair, Global Employment practice


Brian Kaplan has more than two decades of experience representing employers and prominent senior executives in all aspects of employment-related litigation before federal and state courts, administrative agencies and arbitration panels.

His litigation experience includes defense of claims of discrimination, retaliation and harassment; disputes involving the enforcement of employment contracts and non-competition covenants; and tort claims such as fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference and defamation. Brian also advises clients on a broad variety of subjects, including: terminations and other disciplinary actions; employment, consulting and separation agreements; investigations of alleged harassment and other employee misconduct; employment policies and practices; and litigation avoidance.


J.D., Harvard Law School; B.S., University of Pennsylvania

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Labor and employment > Labor-management relations

The team at DLA Piper LLP (US) has a considerable track record in advising clients on labor management relations. It advises on a regular basis on union organizing activities, collective bargaining, the management of workforces and litigation proceedings before the NRLB. Companies on the group’s client roster are often from sectors such as financial services, media and food. The Washington DC-based Harriet Lipkin has notable experience with unfair labor practices, while Joseph Turzi is able to assist with corporate campaigns. Joseph Piesco in New York is a key contact in contentious matters and Ryan Vann is the name to note in Chicago. Team leader Brian Kaplan is based in New York.

United States > Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

The labor and employment group at DLA Piper LLP (US) has expertise in handling matters such as discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases, wage-and-hour class and collective actions as well as restrictive covenants and independent contractor misclassification. The group, which is led by New York-based Brian Kaplan, is active in various industry sectors, including retail, financial institutions, healthcare, media and technology. Mary Dollarhide in San Diego is a key contact in wage-and-hour class actions. Joseph Piesco in New York is equally active in litigation and arbitration proceedings. Marc Katz and Isabel Crosby in Dallas, Los Angeles’ Holly Lake, and the Chicago-based Ryan VannNorman Leon and new counsel from Baker McKenzie LLPMiriam Petrillo as well as Joseph Guarino in New Jersey and Ute Krudewagen in Silicon Valley are all prominent practitioners.