Alan Kaplinsky
Alan Kaplinsky

Alan S. Kaplinsky

Tel 215.864.8544
Fax 215.864.8999
Tel 212.223.0200
Fax 212.223.1942
New York

Alan S. Kaplinsky leads the firm's Consumer Financial Services Group, which has more than 100 lawyers. Mr. Kaplinsky devotes his practice exclusively to counseling financial institutions on bank regulatory and transactional matters, particularly consumer financial services law, and defending financial institutions that have been sued by consumers in individual and class action lawsuits and by government enforcement agencies. Visit Mr. Kaplinsky's profile in Wikipedia.

Mr. Kaplinsky is heavily involved in counseling and representing clients in a wide variety of matters (regulatory, supervisory and enforcement) involving the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He was instrumental in launching a blog,, focused on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Mr. Kaplinsky pioneered the use of pre-dispute arbitration provisions in consumer contracts, has counseled numerous consumer financial services companies on this subject, and has defended in court numerous companies that have sought to enforce consumer arbitration agreements.

Mr. Kaplinsky is included in the 2006 through 2014 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of financial services regulation. Chambers calls him "a guru of consumer financial services on both the regulatory and litigation sides [who has] earned his well-deserved national reputation when successfully defending the very first class actions brought against financial institutions." In the 2014 edition, he is one of eight lawyers ranked nationwide in Band 1 of Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance), and one of three lawyers ranked in Band 1, Pennsylvania, for Banking & Finance: Mainly Regulatory. A recent edition states: "This practice ticks all the boxes, with one client praising its expertise in cutting-edge matters and exemplary service. The team excels in consumer financial services regulatory and enforcement work. Chair of the practice Alan Kaplinsky is highly recommended by market sources. [He is] at the forefront of the latest developments in the consumer financial services sector."

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, past Chair, Committee on Consumer Financial Services

Adviser to the American Law Institute (ALI) Restatement of the Law Third, Consumer Contracts

University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, past Adjunct Professor

Recognition & Accomplishments

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers, first President

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, leading lawyer in banking and finance: financial services regulation: consumer finance (compliance) (national ranking band one); and banking and finance: mainly regulatory (Pennsylvania band one), 2006-2014

The Best Lawyers in America, financial services regulation law, banking and finance litigation, and corporate law, 2007-2015

Named Best Lawyers' 2012 Philadelphia Litigation – Banking & Finance Lawyer of the Year

The Legal 500 United States, listed in 2011-2014 editions, Financial Services: Regulatory

American Law Institute, elected member since May 2006


Member, Financial Services Advisors, Consumer Financial Services Law Report

Speaking Engagements

Co-Chair for 20 years of the Practising Law Institute's Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute

Frequent presenter to numerous organizations on banking and consumer financial services law

Board Memberships

Bloomberg BNA Banking Report Advisory Board

National Jazz Museum in Harlem

Boston College Law School (J.D. 1970, cum laude)
Editor, Boston College Industrial and Commercial Law Review; Member, Order of the Coif

University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business (B.S. 1967, cum laude)

New York