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Concussion Lawsuit Seeks to Force Rule Changes in Soccer

By BEN STRAUSS AUG. 27, 2014 A group of soccer parents and players filed a class-action lawsuit Wednesday morning against FIFA, the sport’s international governing body, over its handling of concussions. Filed in United States District Court in California, the suit also names American soccer organizations, including U.S. Soccer and the American Youth Soccer Organization, charging that… Continue reading →


Concussion Settlement Is Deeply Flawed

Michael V. Kaplen and Shana De Caro, The National Law Journal July 21, 2014 An analysis of the proposed National Football League settlement affecting about 20,000 retired players that U.S. District Judge Anita Brody preliminarily approved on July 7 exposes significant flaws. Many classes of players are not adequately represented, and most NFL players are… Continue reading →


NFL retirees have tough choice on concussion lawsuits

By: Gary Mihoces, USA TODAY Sports July 12, 2014 A federal judge has given preliminary approval to a settlement of concussion suits against the NFL. In coming months, about 20,000 retired players face their own decisions. Do they join a settlement that promises hundreds of millions of dollars in awards and other benefits? Or do they… Continue reading →


World Cup Soccer Brain Injuries – New York Brain Injury Lawyer

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Same Play, Different Day

  Same Play, Different Day The revised proposed settlement of the class action lawsuit against the NFL remains fundamentally flawed. The settlement neither recognizes nor compensates the majority of players who suffer the long-term consequences of repeated concussive injury. The foundation of the lawsuit was the deliberate and longstanding misrepresentations by the NFL and its… Continue reading →


Still plenty of skeptics after NFL reaches new deal with players to settle concussion-related lawsuit

Hopefully the settlement will provide medical care, support and hope to thousands of guys who have suffered because of injuries incurred playing America’s most brutal sport at its highest level. Saturday, June 28, 2014, 11:40 AM BY MICHAEL OKEEFFE Brent Boyd has earned the right to be cynical: When the NFL’s disability board denied his concussion… Continue reading →


Revised settlement reached in concussion suit vs. NFL

  By Gary Mihoces June 25, 2014 In effect, a judge said, “Show me the money.” In response, the NFL and attorneys in concussion suits by more than 4,500 former players came up with a revised settlement that removes a limit on how many hundreds of millions of dollars might be paid to players as compensation… Continue reading →


Concussions and an N.F.L. Paradox

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and KEN BELSON MAY 29, 2014 WASHINGTON — In 2009, Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the N.F.L., was skewered by lawmakers on Capitol Hill for denying the severity of concussions and failing to do more to help retired players with brain injuries. Five years later, the issue moved to the White House, with President Obama on… Continue reading →


Traumatic Brain Injury Prevention Requires a Comprehensive National Plan

The goals of today’s White House Summit on sports concussions must embrace a uniform national protocol to comprehensively tackle the issues related to sports concussion management. This is critical to avoid preventable brain injuries and manage the brain injuries that will unfortunately but inevitably occur. Though many coaches and parents fear the over-protective label, they… Continue reading →


Concussion Cases Inspire New Course at George Washington’s Law School

The professor Michael Kaplen is a plaintiffs’ lawyer who has worked on cases involving traumatic brain injuries for more than two decades. CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times   By KEN BELSON APRIL 13, 2014 WASHINGTON — The revelations that hits to the head may lead to long-term brain damage have rocked the football world at all levels, alarming… Continue reading →



Our Credentials

Michael Kaplen

Professorial Lecturer in Law
The George Washington University Law School

Past Chair
New York State Traumatic
Brain Injury Coordinating Council

President
American Academy of Brain Injury Attorneys

Vice President
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers

3 Term President
Brain Injury Association of
New York State

Past Chair
Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation
Group: American Association
For Justice

Past Chair
Motor Vehicle, Highway, Premises
Liability Section: American Association
For Justice

National Advisory Board
Association of Interstate
Trucking Lawyers of America

Past Co-Chair
Tort Section, New York County
Lawyers Association

Board of Directors
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice

Board of Governors, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys

Board of Directors
New York Academy of Trial Lawyers

Editorial Board
Neurolaw Letter

Board Certified
Civil Trial Advocate
National Board of Trial Advocacy*

Board Certified
American Board of Professional
Liability Attorneys
Medical Liability*

Sustaining Member:
American Association for Justice
Public Justice Foundation

Member:
N.Y.S. Trial Lawyers Association
Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers
Southern Trial Lawyers
Association-Fellow
North American Brain Injury Association

Graduate of Marquette University, College of Health Sciences, in Neuro Anatomical Dissection of the Human Brain and Spinal Cord

Honors & Awards:

New York Super Lawyer
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Top 100 New York Trial Lawyers -
American Trial Lawyer Association

Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
Public Achievement Award

Board of Trustees, Melvin M. Belli Society

Shana DeCaro

1st Vice President
American Academy of Brain Injury Attorneys

Treasurer
Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group: American Association for Justice

Board of Trustees, Secretary
Civil Justice Foundation

Board of Directors
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers

Fellow
American Association for Justice

Fellow
Melvin M. Belli Society

Editor
Law Update
New York Academy of Trial Lawyers

Amicus Counsel
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers

Honors and Awards

Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
Public Achievement Award

President’s Award
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers

Who’s Who in American Women

Who’s Who in American Law

Top 100 New York Trial Lawyers-American Trial Lawyers Association

Elite Lawyers Of America

Graduate of Marquette University, College of Health Sciences, in Neuro Anatomical Dissection of the Human Brain and Spinal Cord

Member:

New York Academy of Trial Lawyers

New York State Trial Lawyers Association

Brain Injury Association New York State

North American Brain Injury Association

Member:
Nursing Home Litigation Group
American Assoc. for Justice

Interstate Trucking Litigation Group
American Assoc. for Justice

Brain Trauma Litigation Group
American Assoc. for Justice

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Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York
United States Tax Court
United States Court of International Trade

 

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