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DLA Piper LLP (US)
1251 6TH AVE,
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 employment discrimination, retaliation and harassment, as well as claims brought pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act and state and local wage and hour laws; 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: employee performance management, terminations and other disciplinary actions; employment, consulting and separation agreements; investigations of alleged harassment and other employee misconduct; employment policies and practices, including compliance with federal and state laws relating to wage and hour practices, leaves of absence and reasonable accommodations; reductions in force; and litigation avoidance.


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

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling

DLA Piper LLP (US) stands out for its national and international reach, and its work is equally broad; active across diverse fields, the team has recently been focused in particular on the pharmaceutical sector and the development of vaccines. Part of the firm’s counseling work has involved getting researchers safely back into work, as well as large-scale projects relating to employees working from home. The firm is led by Brian Kaplan in New York, who advises on restrictive covenants, tort claims and employee misclassification claims. Also in New York is Evan Parness; he assists clients in litigation prevention measures, and compliance with employment laws and regulations at the local, state and federal levels. Dallas-based employment expert Kim Askew represents clients in matters relating to discrimination and harassment, as well as litigation connected to non-compete and trade secrets claims, among other areas.

United States > Labor and employment > Labor-management relations

DLA Piper LLP (US) handles issues across the traditional labor spectrum, including union organizing, collective bargaining, union contract administration and advice concerning the National Labor Relations Act. The firm is led by New York–based partner Brian Kaplan. New York–based partner Evan Parness is one of the ABA’s 15 national commissioners on racial and ethnic diversity; he has notably drafted a resolution which urges employers to implement practices which take vulnerable groups into consideration as part of the COVID recovery process.

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

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘ employment team’s expertise spans wage and hour claims, discrimination lawsuits, non-compete and trade secret matters, and misclassification issues. Equipped in class, collective and single plaintiff actions, the group is noted for representing clients in complex disputes before trial and appellate courts. Splitting his time between New York and Short Hills, litigation and arbitration expert Brian Kaplan directs the practice. In San Diego, Mary Dollarhide focuses on wage and hour class actions brought under state and federal laws, including PAGA cases. Dallas-based Marc Katz has extensive experience in trade secret and unfair competition litigation. Supporting the team in New York is Joseph Piesco, who focuses on discrimination and wage and hour lawsuits. Daniel Fazio, formerly at Winston & Strawn LLP,  joined the Chicago office in September 2021. Other new additions include former Littler Mendelson, P.C. practitioner Richard Rahm and former Goodwin lawyer Sarah Tauman, who joined the Los Angeles office in January and July 2021, respectively.