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David M. Kaplan

David M. Kaplan


Philadelphia, PA
Phone: 215.981.4620    Fax: 215.981.4750

"A terrific, very sharp benefits attorney who has a sterling reputation in the market." – Chambers USA 2019

David M. Kaplan is chair of the Employee Benefits Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Philadelphia office.

His practice encompasses all areas of employee benefits law and executive compensation, with a special emphasis on:

  • design, negotiation and documentation of stock-based compensation arrangements, deferred compensation arrangements and senior executive employment, change in control and separation agreements
  • public company executive compensation disclosures
  • required and best practices regarding the grant of stock-based compensation
  • design and operation of ERISA plans
  • benefits and compensation aspects of corporate transactions.

Mr. Kaplan typically represents corporations, the compensation committees of their boards of directors and financial investors. In select instances, however, he also represents management groups and individual senior executives.


  • J.D., George Washington University Law School, 1994
  • B.S., Economics, University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, 1991

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania

Practice Areas

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