about: Ari Kaplan
Ari Kaplan is principal of KAPLAN • LAW. He is renowned for his expertise in pensions and benefits law. He wrote Canada's first book in Pension Law and is top ranked by his peers in Chambers Global® (Band 1), Lexpert® (Most Frequently Recommended) and Best Lawyers® (2005-2017).
Ari has 18 years experience representing clients before the superior courts of Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Quebec and New Brunswick. He has also 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 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, termination and wind-up, conversion and exchange, deficit and surplus, regulatory compliance, reorganization and restructuring, employment and labour relations, family and marriage breakdown, spousal and survivor rights, constitutional and jurisdictional law, in court or in 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 is Canada's first Qualified Mediator (Q.Med) with recognized expertise in pension 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. From 2010-2012, Ari was appointed by the Attorney General to the board of trustees of the Law Foundation of Ontario and since then is proud to serve on the board of the Ontario Justice Education Network. Ari is fiercely committed to access to justice.
Ari is a member of the bar of Ontario (1999). He is active in the legal and pensions communities, appears as commentator on media and in interviews and enjoys speaking and networking. Twitter: @arimap.