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Lawrence D. Kaplan

Of Counsel, Corporate Department
T 1(202) 551-1829
F 1(202) 551-0229
Lawrence D. Kaplan is of counsel in the Global Banking and Payments Systems practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He advises clients on all aspects of bank regulatory issues, with an emphasis on corporate structuring, control, operations, compliance, problem banks, and enforcement. Mr. Kaplan’s practice involves the representation of traditional and nontraditional financial services holding companies and financial entities in transactions and matters before federal and state bank regulatory agencies, including mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. Mr. Kaplan has extensive experience advising clients through federal and state regulatory issues associated with the provision of financial services through technology, consumer finance requirements as well as regulation of mortgage lending. Mr. Kaplan's practice also includes advising clients with respect to anti-money laundering and sanctions programs, as well as data security and privacy matters.  Mr. Kaplan also regularly advises clients with respect to the requirements imposed by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, including issues under the Volcker Rule, as well as proposed reforms to financial services laws.

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • Frequent source for major media publications and financial news programs on banking matters
  • Frequent public speaker on bank regulatory developments
  • Author of numerous articles on financial services issues
  • Co-authored Chapter 31 to E-Commerce & Internet Law –2nd Edition (2009) — “Online Financial Transactions and Payment Mechanisms.”

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Served as senior attorney in the Chief Counsel’s Office of the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Thrift Supervision


  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1987
  • University of Michigan Ann Arbor, B.A. with distinction, 1984