About: Ari Kaplan
Ari Kaplan is principal of KAPLAN • LAW. He is renowned for his expertise in pensions and benefits law and clear way of explaining legal issues. He wrote Canada's first book in Pension Law and has top rankings listed in Chambers Global® and Canada® (Band 1), Lexpert® (Most Frequently Recommended) and Best Lawyers® (2005-2018).
Ari has 20 years experience representing clients before the superior courts of Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Quebec and New Brunswick. He has appeared before the Ontario Court of Appeal, Quebec Court of Appeal, New Brunswick Court of Appeal, Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada.
Ari's clients are stakeholders with interest in a pension plan or benefit plan, private and public sector, boards and associations, individuals, and groups of employees, employers and pensioners. For more, see Clients.
Ari advises on all pensions and benefits law matters involving administration and governance, benefits and entitlement, deficits and surplus funding, family and marriage breakdown, spousal and survivor rights, regulatory compliance, reorganization and restructuring, termination and wind-up, conversion and exchange, employment and labour relations, constitutional and jurisdictional law, in court or tribunal proceedings, including those involving group representation and class actions. For more, see Legal Services.
Ari is also an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) professional and Canada's first Qualified Mediator (Q.Med) with expertise in pension and benefits law. He is a member of the ADR Institute of Canada and founding member of the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario. He leads commercial, family and workplace law mediations with Mediation Benefits, part of Kaplan Law. For more, see MEDIATION • BENEFITS.
Ari teaches on the adjunct faculty of law at the University of Toronto. Ari was appointed by the Attorney General to the board of trustees of the Law Foundation of Ontario and served two terms on the board of directors of the Ontario Justice Education Network. Ari is fiercely committed to access to justice.