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Michael Kaplan represents clients in high-stakes litigation and appeals in federal and state courts throughout the country, as well as in domestic and international arbitrations.
He has extensive experience in every stage of bankruptcy litigation, from investigating potential claims and causes of action to commencing adversary proceedings on behalf of committees and liquidating trusts. Michael’s experience enables him not only to respond to any type of litigation that arises during a bankruptcy case but also to craft litigation strategies that are both effective and efficient. His experience investigating and litigating claims against directors and officers allows him to provide vigorous representation to clients facing such claims or seeking to bring them.
Because of his diverse commercial litigation experience, which includes extensive work on products liability, mass tort, toxic tort, and dram shop cases, Michael understands that litigation is an evolving art and that litigators need to possess a constantly changing array of skills. His focus is always on understanding his clients’ goals and then creating and executing a litigation strategy to achieve them.
In addition to his passion for litigation, Michael is committed to giving back to the community. He regularly provides pro bono representation to victims of domestic violence through the firm's relationship with Partners for Women and Justice and the Rachel Coalition.
Prior to joining the firm, Michael served as a judicial law clerk to Chief Judge Gary L. Sharpe of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York.