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Robert N. Kaplan

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Mr. Kaplan is widely recognized as a leading antitrust and securities litigator and has led the prosecution of numerous antitrust and securities fraud actions, recovering billions of dollars for the victims of corporate wrongdoing. He was listed by defense and corporate counsel as one of the top 75 plaintiffs’ attorneys in the United States for all disciplines. Mr. Kaplan was listed as one of the top five attorneys for securities litigation. See Complete List. He was also recognized by Legal 500 as one of the top securities litigators in the United States for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, and was listed as one of the leading antitrust attorneys in the country for 2015. Mr. Kaplan was recognized as Super Lawyer in the New York Metro Area. He was lead counsel for CalPERS in AOL Time Warner Cases I & II (Ca. Sup. Ct., L.A. Cty.), and was a lead in In re Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. Securities, Derivative & ERISA Litigation, In re Escala Securities Litigation and In re Bank of America Corp. Securities Litigation, in which a settlement in the amount of $2.425 billion and corporate governance changes was approved by the Court. 

In the antitrust arena, he has been a lead counsel in many significant actions. He is a lead counsel in In re Air Cargo Antitrust Litigation (more than $1.25 billion in settlements) and was recently appointed by Courts as lead counsel in the DIPF Antitrust Litigation, In re Cast Iron Soil Pipe and Fittings Antitrust Litigation, and In re Keurig Green Mountain Single-Serve Coffee Antitrust Litigation.

He also represents  clients in private antitrust actions, including: Affiliated Foods, Inc., Associated Grocers of New England, Inc., North Central Distributors, LLC, Cash-Wa Distributing Co. of Kearney, Inc., URM Stores, Inc., Western Family Foods, Inc., and Associated Food Stores, Inc. in individual cases against Tri-Union Seafoods, LLC, d/b/a Chicken of the Sea, King Oscar, Inc., Bumble Bee Foods, LLC f/k/a Bumble Bee Seafoods, LLC, and StarKist Co., No. 15-cv-4312, No. 15-cv-3815,  No. 15-cv-4187, No. 15-cv-4667 (N.D. Cal.). 

He previously served,  as lead counsel or member of the Executive Committee in numerous plaintiff treble damage actions including In re Neurontin Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1479, Master File No. 02-1390 (D.N.J.) ($190 million recovered); In re High Fructose Corn Syrup Antitrust Litigation, MDL No.1087, Master File No. 95-1477 (C.D. Ill) ($531 million recovered); In re Brand Name Prescription Drugs Antitrust Litigation, MDL 997 (N.D. Ill.) ($720 plus million recovered); In re Infant Formula Antitrust Litigation, MDL 878 (N.D. Fla.)($126 million recovered); In re Flat Glass Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1200 (W.O. Pa.) ($122 plus million recovered) (Mr. Kaplan successfully argued  an appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which issued a ground-breaking and often-cited summary judgment opinion. In re Flat Glass Antitrust Litigation, 191 F.R.D. 472, 476 n. 7 (W.D.Pa.1999)); In re Hydrogen Peroxide Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1682 (E.D. Pa.)($97 million recovered); In re Plastics Additives Antitrust Litigation, 03-CV-1898 (E.D.Pa.) ($46.8 million recovered); In re Medical X-Ray Film Antitrust Litigation, CV 93-5904 (E.D.N.Y.) ($39.6 million recovered); and In re NBR Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1684 (E.D. Pa.) ($34.3 million recovered).

Mr. Kaplan is also representing financial institutions across the country in data breach cases against Home Depot and is a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee. 

Mr. Kaplan was a trial attorney with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. There, he litigated  civil and criminal actions. He also served as law clerk to the Hon. Sylvester J. Ryan, then chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and served as an acting judge of the City Court for the City of Rye, N.Y. 

In addition to his litigation practice, he has also been active in bar and legal committees. For more than fifteen years, he has been a member of what is now known as the Eastern District of New York’s Courts Committee on Civil Litigation.

Mr. Kaplan has also been actively involved in the Federal Bar Council, an organization of judges and attorneys in the Second circuit and is a member of the Program  and Winter Planning Committees. For the Program Committee, in 2013, he organized a class action program. Recently, in April of 2015, he organized a program on Antitrust Cartels which was moderated by Hon. Lewis Kaplan and included as panelists the Assistant Chief of the New York office of the Antitrust Division. In 2013, at the Federal Bar Council’s winter meeting, he organized a program on class actions, which was moderated by Hon. Raymond Lohier of the Second Circuit.  He is currently planning a program with Chief Judge Robert Katzmann of the Second Circuit to take place on January 20, 2016 concerning Statutory Construction.

Recently Mr. Kaplan was invited by the United States Judicial Center and participated in a multi-day seminar for federal judges about complex litigation.

In addition, Mr. Kaplan has served as a member of the Trade Regulation and Federal Courts Committees of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. 

Mr. Kaplan’s published articles include: “Complaint and Discovery In Securities Cases,” Trial, April 1987; “Franchise Statutes and Rules,” Westchester Bar Topics, Winter 1983; “Roots Under Attack: Alexander v. Haley and Courlander v. Haley,” Communications and the Law, July 1979; and “Israeli Antitrust Policy and Practice,” Record of the Association of the Bar, May 1971. 

Mr. Kaplan sits on the boards of several organizations, including the Columbia Law School Board of Visitors, Board of Directors of the Carver Center in Port Chester, N.Y., and Member of the Dana Farber Visiting Committee, Thoracic Oncology in Boston, MA. 

Education: 
B.A., Williams College
J.D., Columbia University Law School 

Bar affiliations and court admissions: 
Bars of the State of New York, and District of Columbia  
U.S. Supreme Court 
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits 
U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York, the Central District of Illinois, and the District of Arizona 

Professional affiliations: 
National Association of Securities and Commercial Law Attorneys (past President)
Committee to Support the Antitrust Laws (past President)
Advisory Group of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York 
American Bar Association
Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Chairman, Commercial Litigation Section, 1985-86) 
Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Served on the Trade Regulation Committee; Committee on Federal Courts)
Member of Board of Trustees for the Rye Historical Society