Jeffrey M. Kaplan is a partner in the Princeton, New Jersey office of Kaplan & Walker LLP. For twenty-five years he has specialized in assisting companies in developing, implementing and reviewing corporate compliance/ethics programs. This work has included conducting risk analyses; writing/editing codes of conduct and other policy documents; counseling companies in matters regarding training; developing compliance audit protocols and reporting systems; establishing compliance/ethics offices; and assisting boards of directors in meeting their fiduciary duties under the Caremark case. He has also conducted numerous program assessments. Mr. Kaplan’s compliance/ethics program practice has included work for clients in the health care, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, automotive, government contracting, insurance, manufacturing, energy, retail, paper, publishing, professional services, education, consulting, telecommunications, technology, securities, private investments, food and chemical fields, as well as non-profit organizations.
Mr. Kaplan has, on three occasions, been an independent consultant for companies suspended by the World Bank, reporting to the Bank on their respective compliance programs, and performed a similar review for the United Nations; has served as a compliance monitor in a criminal tax case for the New York County District Attorney; has reviewed and reported to the Department of Justice and SEC on a company’s compliance/ethics program in connection with the settlement of an FCPA-related investigation; and has reviewed and reported to a state attorney general on another company’s compliance/ethics program in connection with a settlement of a fraud-related matter. He also conducts internal investigations on behalf of boards and companies into allegations of wrongdoing brought by whistleblowers and others. He received his B.A. (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Carleton College in 1976 and his J.D. (cum laude) from Harvard University in 1980. He is a former partner of Chadbourne & Parke, where he served in the Special Litigation Group, and also a former partner of Arkin Kaplan & Cohen LLP and of Stier Anderson, LLC.
For many years Mr. Kaplan was Counsel to the Ethics Officer Association (now the ECI), a professional association of more than 1000 compliance/ethics officers. He is, together with Joe Murphy, co-editor of Compliance Programs and the Corporate Sentencing Guidelines: Preventing Criminal and Civil Liability (West 1993), a leading legal treatise on designing and implementing compliance/ethics programs. He is author of an e-book on risk assessment issued by Corporate Compliance Insights. He is editor of the Conflict of Interest Blog. He was for many years Adjunct Professor of Business Ethics at the Stern School of Business, New York University. He is now a contributor to the Ethical Systems research project which is run by a professor at that school, and has recently co-authored an e-book for Ethical Systems on behavioral ethics and compliance. He is a member of the New York and New Jersey bars.