Rothman Gordon is pleased to announce the Honorable Lawrence W. Kaplan (ret.) was chosen by The Legal Intelligencer as a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. To commemorate The Legal Intelligencer’s 170th anniversary and to honor the great history of the legal profession in Pennsylvania, the publication decided to identify some of the most important members of the legal community by presenting Lifetime Achievement Awards. The focus in selecting this group of noteworthy individuals was to represent those figures who have helped to shape the law in Pennsylvania. The attorney must have had a distinct impact on the legal profession in the state and must still be practicing the law.
Judge Kaplan served on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Family Mediators from 1982 – 1987 and is the founder and president emeritus of the Mediation Council of Western Pennsylvania. He also served on the editorial board of The Mediation Quarterly for over five years. His contributions to the field of mediation were honored by the combined efforts of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Committee, the Pittsburgh Mediation Center, and the Mediation Council of Western Pennsylvania in 2004, who initiated the annual Lawrence W. Kaplan Lecture in Conflict Resolution. In October 2008, Judge Kaplan was named Family Division Judge Emeritus by the Allegheny County Family Division for his 30 years of dedicated service to the families of Allegheny County. He continues to practice mediation with the Pittsburgh firm Rothman Gordon.
Judge Kaplan is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Active in the community, he currently serves on the boards of Alpha House, Carriage House Children’s Center, and Pittsburgh Parental Stress Center. He also serves on the advisory boards of Contact Pittsburgh, Bethlehem Haven, Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee and WQED Multimedia. He resides in Oakland with his wife, Natalie. They have three adult children: Tom, Ellen Teri and Jon; two granddaughters: Samantha and Sydney Kaplan; and one grandson, Matthew Seth Goldstein.