Alan Kaplinsky

Alan S. Kaplinsky

Senior Counsel
New York

Alan S. Kaplinsky is the former longtime Practice Leader of the firm's Consumer Financial Services Group, which has more than 70 lawyers in 14 offices. Alan devotes his practice exclusively to managing the Group and 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 Alan's profile in Wikipedia.

Alan 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, Consumer Finance Monitor, devoted to the consumer financial services activities of the CFPB as well as other federal and state agencies and attorneys general and other significant consumer financial services developments.

Professional Highlights

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

American Law Institute, elected member since May 2006

Recognition & Accomplishments

Chambers USA, leading lawyer, Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (compliance) (national ranking band one); Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (enforcement & investigations) (national ranking band one); and Banking and Finance: Mainly Regulatory (Pennsylvania band one)

The Best Lawyers in America, Financial Services Regulation Law, Litigation - Banking and Finance, and Corporate Law, 2007-2024; "Lawyer of the Year," Litigation (Philadelphia) and Banking & Finance (Philadelphia), 2018, 2019; "Lawyer of the Year," Litigation - Banking and Finance (Philadelphia), 2021 and 2024

The Legal 500 US, listed in 2011-2021 editions, Financial Services: Regulatory; Dispute Resolution - Financial Services Litigation, 2022

JD Supra Readers' Choice Award, Top Author in Finance and Banking, 2024

Speaking Engagements

Co-Chair for 24 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 & Community Service

Bloomberg BNA Banking Report Advisory Board


Member, Financial Services Advisors, Consumer Financial Services Law Report

The Business Lawyer (a publication of the American Bar Association, Business Law Section) Annual Survey of Consumer Financial Services Law
articles providing yearly updates on consumer arbitration developments since 1998

Frequently quoted in national publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, American Banker, and numerous other publications about consumer financial services issues



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

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



New York

U.S. Supreme Court