James S. Kaplan

Estate Planning

380 Lexington Avenue, 17th floor, New York, NY 10168

(646) 383-3688

About James S. Kaplan

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,... Read More


  • New York University School of Law.
  • Columbia University School of Law.
  • Work Experience

  • Senior & Founding Partner - Greenberg & Kaplan, LLP 2014 - Present.
  • Awards

  • Super Lawyer - Super Lawyers 2014.
  • Estate Planning - Super Lawyers Magazine 2014.
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated - Martindale-Hubbell 2014.
  • Super Lawyer - Super Lawyers 2013.
  • Super Lawyer - Super Lawyers 2012.
  • Super Lawyer - Super Lawyers 2011.
  • Super Lawyer - Super Lawyers 2010.
  • Super Lawyer - Super Lawyers 2009.
  • law review law Review 1976.
  • Associations

    Herzfeld & Rubin, P.C. New York City Law Department.


    American Spirit - Horatio Gates: New York's Forgotten Hero 2010.


  • French
  • Locations

    380 Lexington Avenue, 17th floor, New York, NY 10168