Biography

Barbara T. Kaplan is a shareholder of Greenberg Traurig, co-chair of the Global Tax Practice and chair of its New York Tax Practice.  Her practice focuses primarily on tax controversies, both civil and criminal, and litigation in courts with jurisdiction over federal, state and local tax disputes.  She is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, is consistently listed in Best Lawyers in America, is ranked by Chambers, is listed among the top 50 female lawyers in New York City by Super Lawyers and is listed in Euromoney’s 2014 and 2017 Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law.  In 2016, Ms. Kaplan received the Euromoney Women in Business Law Award for Best in Tax Dispute Resolution.  In 2019, she was included in Crain’s 2d Annual Notable Women in Law list.  She also is listed in the 2018 Legal 500 Guide to Outstanding Lawyers in the category of “Tax – U.S. tax – contentious.”

She is admitted to practice in New York State, the United States Tax Court, the United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.  She was a senior trial attorney for the Internal Revenue Service prior to entering private practice.  She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin (B.A.), Northwestern University (M.A.), Brooklyn Law School (J.D.) and the New York University School of Law (LL.M - Taxation).

Ms. Kaplan is a frequent speaker and writer for numerous tax conferences and publications, including Tax Planning for Domestic and Foreign Partnerships, LLCs, Joint Ventures, and Other Strategic Alliances (Practising Law Institute, 1995 to the present), Tax Strategies for Corporate Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spin-Offs, Joint Ventures, Financings, Reorganizations and Restructurings (Practising Law Institute, 1998 to the present), the American Bar Association’s Annual National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud (2010 to the present), New York University’s Tax Controversy Forum and Practising Law Institute’s International Estate & Tax Planning program (2011 to 2017), Practising Law Institute’s Nuts and Bolts of Tax Penalties (2013 to 2017), among others.  Ms. Kaplan is an active member of the Tax Sections of the American and New York State Bar Associations, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, The American Association for Justice, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.