James S. Kaplan is one of the City’s leading Tax and Estates Lawyers. He has practiced law in Manhattan for nearly 40 years. For 17 years prior to forming Greenberg & Kaplan, Mr. Kaplan was Head of the Tax & Estates Department at the Wall Street law firm Herzfeld & Rubin, P.C., where he had a diversified international practice representing individuals, closely held companies, governments and not for profit entities in tax, estate and employee benefit matters. In estate matters, he has successfully implemented estate plans for a number of major real estate entrepreneurs using family partnerships, GRATS and intentional defective trusts to save millions of dollars in estate taxes, and has drafted more than a hundred wills and trusts for both large and small clients. He has also handled numerous probates of estates, including a number involving significant properties in France, Germany, and Israel which raised difficult questions of the interplay between U.S and foreign law, and a number of estates involving difficult intrafamily personal relationships. He also has been involved significantly in contested probate and accounting proceedings in the Surrogate’s Courts. Mr. Kaplan is experienced in contested guardianship proceedings. He has also recently had a number of appointments as a Guardian Ad Litem from the Surrogates of Brooklyn and the Bronx.
In the tax area, he has structured the acquisition of a number of major properties in Manhattan and Brooklyn for foreign clients, represented clients in controversies with the IRS, and sought rulings on significant international transactions and obtained exemptions for not for profit organizations under Section 501c(3). In addition he has represented the City of New York and the New York City Deferred Compensation Plans in various tax and employee benefit matters. In this connection he was instrumental in obtaining the initial rulings permitting New York City employees to contribute to a Section 401 (k) plan, and in negotiating on behalf of the New York City Pension systems, two Closing agreements with the IRS dealing with difficult tax issues affecting the City pension plans.
Mr. Kaplan was Consulting Special Tax Counsel to the New York City Law Department (1985-1997), in which position he was in effect the City’s chief in-house tax counsel on federal matters. His duties included advising on more than $20 billion of real estate projects in which the City was involved and $30 billion of municipal financings, and directing the City’s lobbying on the 1986 Tax Act (in which he obtained more than $2 billion of transition rules). He also was the chief advisor on federal tax matters to the New York City payroll systems, and was responsible for originating and filing claims for refunds of social security taxes that recovered more than $750 million to the City and its employees. Simultaneously in this period he was counsel to various small law firms Ashinoff, Ross, & Goldman, (1985–1990); Siller Wilk (1990–1993); Spector, Scher, & Feldman (1993–1996) and his own firm Gordon & Kaplan (1996–1997). As counsel to these firms, he structured a number of major corporate acquisitions, including the purchase by Bond Corporation (then Australia’s largest corporation) of G.Heilman Brewing Company, St. Joe Gold Corporation, and Pittsburg Brewing Company. Prior to 1985, he was a tax partner at the firm of Demov, Morris, & Hammerling and before that a tax associate at Stroock, Stroock & Lavan; and Cahill Gordon & Reindel. He also for a year and a half in the early 1980’s practiced law in Miami, Florida as a tax and estate associate at a Miami law firm. Mr. Kaplan is a member of the Bar in New York, New Jersey, and Florida.
He has been listed in Super Lawyers for the past five years and has written numerous articles on tax and estate matters, and lectured and chaired panels on real estate and corporate tax matters sponsored by the New York State Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association.
Mr. Kaplan is a cum laude graduate of Yale College (1971), has a J.D. from Columbia Law School (1974), where he was on the Law Review, and an LLM in taxation from New York University (1979).
He is also a historian who has led over 200 walking tours over the past 25 years, including his annual all-night July 4th Revolutionary Heroes walking tour through Fraunces Tavern Museum. He has written prolifically on numerous figures in American history, with a special interest in “unsung heroes.” He was recently awarded the Coin of Excellence by the U.S. Army’s Regimental Association for his work in promoting knowledge about General Horatio Gates, the first Adjutant General of the U.S. Army. He is Chairman of the New York Lower Manhattan Historical Association.
In the 34 years that Bill Greenberg has been actively practicing personal injury law, there is nothing he hasn’t seen and nothing he hasn’t achieved.
He is an accomplished and skillful litigator, and has earned the deep respect of defense lawyers he has faced and judges he has argued before in both state and federal courts. And when gets involved, defense lawyers know that he is going to fight tenaciously for his client’s rights until the case gets settled or goes to trial.
He characterizes his law practice as focused, single-minded advocacy. When he takes on a personal injury client, he stays directly involved in every aspect of the case. He never hands off the work to some recent law school graduate or paralegal and personally calls you back when you contact him with questions or concerns. Every page in your file will have Bill Greenberg’s handwriting on it. He interviews every witness and makes every phone call.
And this hands-on, direct approach has helped him get extraordinary results for his injured clients. His practice has been so successful and he is so sure that he can get the best possible results for you, that he can promise you that he will never take a fee unless you get money for your injury.
Outside of his law practice, Bill is a talented musician and played lead guitar for several years in the critically acclaimed Bill’s Band which toured the U.S. and Europe for several years in the late 1990s.
New York University
Syracuse University – Syracuse, New York
Lafayette College – Easton, Pennsylvania
AFFILIATIONS AND HONORS
- Arbitrator – New York Stock Exchange
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Florida Bar
- U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
- Arbitrator – U.S. District Court EDNY
- U.S. District Court EDNY
- U.S. District Court SDNY
- New York Bar
- Editor – Syracuse Law Review
- Justinian Society for Academic Achievement
- Member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association
- Member of the American Trial Lawyers Association
- Impact of Income Taxes on Jury Verdicts
- “The Lead Poisoning Case”
- New York Law Journal “Outside Counsel, Calendar Control 2007 — Pre-Note of Issue Cases”
- New York Law Journal “Outside Counsel, CPLR 3122-a Facilitating Proof of Injuries”
- New York Law Journal “Outside Counsel, Laches Gaining As a Calendar Control Tool”
Rebecca Greenberg has worked in litigation for eight years and has participated in the prosecution of multiple medical malpractice, personal injury and products liability cases. Particularly, she has in depth experience with complex tort and products liability litigation such as Diethylstilbestrol, or “DES,” as well as asbestos claims.
While striving to ease the impact of the devastating injustices suffered by victims of DES and asbestos exposure, Rebecca chose to dedicate her professional efforts toward helping those who have suffered at the hands of others who have negligent or have disregarded their professional responsibilities.
While pursuing her Juris Doctorate degree, Rebecca was selected to serve as a judicial intern at the New York State Appellate Division, First Department, where she gained valuable insight and experience in the practical aspects of both appellate practice and as well as the intricacies of judicial administration.
In short, Rebecca, a native New Yorker, has an in depth understanding of the unique complexity of New York State litigation. She understands the importance, the significance, and the overwhelming requirement of intensely focusing on the client’s case, the client’s particular circumstance as well as practical impact of injury on the client’s life in effecting and utilizing an optimum strategy to effect the best possible outcome for the client in the client’s search for justice.
Pace University Law School – Westchester, New York
Bachelor of Arts
American University – Washington, D.C.
AFFILIATIONS AND HONORS
- New York State Bar
- U.S. District Court SDNY
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
- Deans List, American University
- Steven A. Frumkes Award Recipient
- Member of the Westchester Bar Association
- Member of the New York Bar Association
- Member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association
- Member of the American Bar Association
- Using CPLR 3122-a to Admit Medical Records Without Testimony, Editor
Ndifreke Uwem is a law clerk focusing in the areas of tax, estates, litigation, and arbitration.
Ndifreke received an LL.M. from Columbia Law School, where he was deeply involved in various research projects with leading practitioners and scholars in the fields of litigation and arbitration. Ndifreke also served as a graduate editor of the American Review of International Arbitration. He obtained his LL.B. from the University of Jos, Nigeria. Mr. Ndifreke is a Nigerian native, born in Essien-Udim of Akwa Ibom State, and speaks Ibibio, Anang, and Hausa.
Ndifreke previously worked as an attorney with one of the top law firms in Nigeria, where he represented clients on complex litigation and cross-border disputes. Mr. Uwem’s admission to the New York State bar is pending. Mr. Uwem is currently pursuing his second LL.M. at New York University’s School of Law in International Business Transactions, Litigation, and Arbitration.
Olivia Kaplan works as a law clerk handling probate, tax and estates, guardianships, and other matters.
Olivia previously worked in the environmental not-for-profit sector, most recently as a consultant to the World Bank and as a Program Coordinator at the Clinton Climate Initiative of the William J. Clinton Foundation. Olivia is a graduate of Yale College and obtained a Master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is currently pursuing her J.D. and LL.M. in taxation at New York Law School.
Olivia is fluent in Spanish and been advocating for 10 years on behalf of sugarcane workers in Nicaragua afflicted with Chronic Kidney Disease. Among other accomplishments, Olivia helped achieve a multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of 2,400 workers and their families.
Caroline Kaplan works as a file clerk and process server.
Caroline recently graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with honors with a major in Dramatic Writing and a minor in production.
Caroline serves as the secretary for the Lower Manhattan Historical Association alongside her father, James S. Kaplan, who is the president.
Salvatore Candela is a graduate of New York Law School and is currently pursuing his LL.M in Taxation.
Salvatore is member of the New York City Bar Association and its International Trade Committee, the Brooklyn Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the Columbian Lawyers Association First Judicial Department.
Salvatore is a delegate for Local 1199 SEIU. He is a dual citizen of the United States and Italy and speaks Italian and Spanish. Salvatore has previously worked as a real estate broker and is a licensed New York State soccer coach. He currently resides in Brooklyn.