Partner, Consumer Financial Services Group, Ballard Spahr
Alan S. Kaplinsky is a senior partner and Practice Leader of the more than 115-person Consumer Financial Services Group at Ballard Spahr LLP in their 14 offices. He devotes his practice exclusively to: (i) counseling financial services companies with respect to bank regulatory and transactional matters, particularly consumer financial services law, and (ii) defending them when they are sued by consumers and governmental enforcement agencies in individual and class action lawsuits. Mr. Kaplinsky was the first president of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers, an organization founded in order to honor those lawyers who have made substantial contributions to the development of consumer financial services law. In April of 2016, he received the American College’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is granted periodically to a person whose career has produced significant contributions to the field of consumer financial services law. He is a past chair of the Committee on Consumer Financial Services of the Section of Business Law of the American Bar Association. He has been named as a tier one banking and consumer financial services lawyer in the 2006-2016 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, a directory of America’s leading lawyers. He has also been named in The Best Lawyers in America under financial services regulation law and banking and finance litigation from 2007-2015. For 22 years, he has annually co-chaired for Practicing Law Institute its Annual Institute on Consumer Financial Services in New York and Chicago. Mr. Kaplinsky was named to the National Law Journal’s 2015 list of Litigation Trailblazers for pioneering work in the area of consumer arbitration and the use of class action waivers. He was featured in the November 1, 2015 New York Times lead front page article about pioneering class action waivers in consumer arbitration provisions. He is heavily involved in a wide variety of matters related to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). He was instrumental in launching a blog, CFPBMonitor.com, devoted to the activities of the CFPB.