Joseph V. Kaplan



JOSEPH V. KAPLAN, a founding principal of Passman & Kaplan, P.C., 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. Joe concentrates his practice in the areas of employment, labor, and discrimination law. While primarily representing Federal Government employees and labor unions, he also represents private sector employees. Joe'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), and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In addition to practicing law, Joe is a frequent lecturer at professional seminars concerning various labor and employment law topics. He was twice elected as the National President of the Society of Federal Labor and Employee Relations Professionals (SFLERP) and is active in NELA’s Federal Employees Task Forces. Moreover, Joe 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. In 2008 Joe was selected to be a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Inc.

Since 1999, Joe has served on the adjunct faculty of American University’s School of Public Affairs teaching graduate courses in legal issues in public administration. Since 2015, Joe has served on the adjunct faculty of American University’s Washington College of Law teaching Lawyer Bargaining. Joe is the author of the chapter entitled “Leading in the Context of Constitutional Government” in the upcoming Handbook of Federal Leadership & Administration: Transforming, Performing, and Innovating in a Complex World Edited by: David H. Rosenbloom, Patrick S. Malone, and Bill Valdez, expected publication January 2017.