Alan Kaplinsky

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Alan S. Kaplinsky
Born (1945-12-01) December 1, 1945 (age 73)
ResidencePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
NationalityUnited States
Alma materBoston College Law School (J.D. 1970)
University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business (B.S. 1967)[1]

Alan S. Kaplinsky (born December 1, 1945) is an American lawyer. He heads the consumer financial services practice at Ballard Spahr. Kaplinsky "pioneered the use of pre-dispute arbitration provisions in consumer contracts"[2] and has written and lectured extensively on the subject.[3] He is a founding author of CFPB Monitor, a blog that delivers news and guidance related to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.[4] The blog was named one of the 100 best law blogs in the nation by the American Bar Association for 2012 and for 2013.[5] Chambers, a leading law firm ranking organization, noted that "Kaplinsky has been fundamental to [Ballard Spahr's] response and guidance in relation to CFPB compliance and enforcement matters."[6]


After graduating from Boston College Law School in 1970,[7] Kaplinsky clerked for Judge John Biggs, Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit before joining the Philadelphia law firm of Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen.

In 1995, Kaplinsky joined Ballard Spahr LLP[8] along with several colleagues from Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen to found a consumer financial services practice at Ballard Spahr. Kaplinsky is best known for pioneering the use of arbitration provisions in the consumer finance area, including credit cards and auto loans. He is the first lawyer in the country to include class action waiver language in consumer arbitration clauses that require consumers to individually arbitrate any dispute.[9]

Academia, law reform work, and board memberships[edit]

Kaplinsky was the first president of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers (1996–1998) and chair of the Committee on Consumer Financial Services of the Section of Business Law of the American Bar Association. He has chaired the Practising Law Institute’s Annual Institute on Consumer Financial Services since its inception in 1995.[10]

Kaplinsky was elected to the American Law Institute in 2006 and in 2012 was named an Adviser on the Restatement Third, The Law of Consumer Contracts.[11]

In 2014, Kaplinsky was named to the Board of Directors of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem,[12] whose mission is "to preserve, promote, and present jazz by inspiring knowledge, appreciation and celebration of jazz locally, nationally, and internationally."[13]


  1. ^ "Alumni - Notes". Pennsylvania Gazette. July 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Alan S. Kaplinsky". American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers. Archived from the original on 4 January 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Alan S. Kaplinsky". Practising Law Institute. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  4. ^ "About CFPB Monitor Blog". Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  5. ^ "The 2013 ABA Journal Blawg 100". Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Alan S Kaplinsky". Chambers & Partners. 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Alan S. Kaplinsky - Lawyer Profile". LexisNexis. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  8. ^ Julie Stoiber (24 January 1996). "Five More Lawyers Resign From Wolf Block Steven Arbittier And Alan Kaplinsky Head The Group Going To Ballard Spahr. The Resignations Aren't Over". Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  9. ^ Mickey Meece (11 January 2012). "Arbitration Is Here to Stay and One Lawyer Says That Is Good for Consumers". Forbes. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  10. ^ Biography at Practising Law Institute
  11. ^ "Current Projects: Restatement Third, The Law of Consumer Contracts". American Law Institute. Archived from the original on 6 January 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  12. ^ "The Jazz Museum in Harlem: Staff & Board". Archived from the original on 2014-01-17. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  13. ^ "The Jazz Museum in Harlem: Who We Are". Retrieved 20 January 2014.