Joseph V. Kaplan

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  • Founding Principal at Passman & Kaplan, P.C. (7 Attorneys)
  • 1828 L Street N.W., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036
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JOSEPH V. KAPLAN, a founding principal in the firm, received his undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 1975, and his Juris Doctor in 1978 from Gonzaga University. In 1979, Mr. Kaplan received a Master of Laws, LL.M. from the George Washington University National Law Center, specializing in Labor and Employment Law.
Mr. Kaplan's first position was with the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), where he was involved in labor litigation and negotiations. In 1986, Mr. Kaplan entered the private practice of law, concentrating in labor and employment law, as an associate with the firm of Passman & Broida. In January 1989, Mr. Kaplan opened his own legal practice under the name of Joseph V. Kaplan, P.C. By the end of that year, Messrs. Passman and Kaplan agreed to merge their firms under the name of Passman & Kaplan, P.C.
Mr. Kaplan continues to concentrate his practice in the areas of employment, labor, and discrimination law. While primarily representing Federal and D.C. Government employees and labor unions of the Federal and District of Columbia Governments, he also represents private sector employees. Mr. Kaplan's practice involves litigation in the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the D.C. Court of Appeals and the D.C. Superior Court, and such administrative agencies as the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA), the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP), the D.C. Human Rights Commission (DCHRC), the D.C. Office of Employee Appeals (OEA), and numerous arbitrators. In 2005, Mr. Kaplan obtained a jury verdict of $3M for a P&K client in a disability rights law suit against the U.S. Department of Commerce.
In addition to practicing law, Mr. Kaplan is a frequent lecturer at professional seminars concerning various labor and employment law topics.
Mr. Kaplan also served on the faculty of Central Michigan University, where he taught a graduate economics course on Collective Bargaining and Labor Law. He was twice elected as the National President of the Society of Federal Labor and Employee Relations Professionals (SFLERP) and is active in various professional organizations, such as the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and the Washington Metropolitan Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA). Mr. Kaplan has written a number of published articles concerning federal labor relations and for six years was the author of the Federal Merit Systems Year Book, a leading reference book on the Merit Systems Protection Board, published by the Labor Relations Press. Moreover, Mr. Kaplan is the lead editor and co-author of the Federal Employees Legal Survival Guide, and is co-author of Litigating Federal Sector Employee and Labor Disputes: A Practitioner's Handbook by Dewey Publications. Mr. Kaplan has also served as a court-certified expert witness on MSPB procedures in U.S. District Court. In 2008 he was selected to be a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Inc.
Mr. Kaplan is an active member of the bars of the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland.

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Areas of Practice (13)

  • Labor and Employment
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Federal Civil Practice
  • Federal Practice
  • Federal Litigation
  • Labor Relations
  • Security Clearances
  • U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Federal Labor Relations Authority
  • Department of Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals
  • U.S. Office of Special Counsel
  • Administrative Hearings and Appeals

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202-559-1436  Phone
202-789-0101  Fax
University Attended:
Pennsylvania State University, B.A., Political Science, 1975
Law School Attended:
Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1978; George Washington University National Law Center, LL.M., Labor Law, 1979
Year of First Admission:
1980, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit and U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit; 1981, District of Columbia; 1978, Pennsylvania; 1979, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; 1992, Maryland; 1992, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland; 1993, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; 1996, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; 1997, U.S. Supreme Court; 1981, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar; Maryland State Bar Association, Inc.; National Employment Lawyers Association; Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (Executive Board Member; Former Vice President); Society of Federal Labor and Employee Relations Specialists (National President, 1986, 1993-1995).
Reported Cases:
Bremer v. Evans, 1:03-CV-01338 (JR) (D.D.C. 2005); Dong v. Smithsonian Institution, 943 F.Supp 69 (D.D.C. 1996).

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