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Hon. Michael B. Kaplan


Current Position

United States Bankruptcy Judge
Clarkson S. Fisher Courthouse
402 East State Street
Trenton, NJ 08609

Tel: 609-858-9360

Class: XXXII (2021)Circuit: Third


Georgetown University, College of Arts & Sciences, Washington, DC, AB 1984 (1980-1984)
Fordham University School of Law, New York, NY, JD 1987 (1984-1987)

Professional Career

US Bankruptcy Judge, US Bankruptcy Court, District of NJ (10/2/2006 -)
Standing Chapter 13 Trustee, District of New Jersey, Trenton Vicinage (2002-2006)
Member, Kaplan & Hulnick, LLC (1999-2002)
Partner/Associate, Stern, Lavinthal, Norgaard & Kapnick (1994-1999)
Associate, DeMaria, Ellis & Hunt (1990-1993)
Associate, Mangone & Schnapp, P.C. (1988-1990)
Associate, Siegel, Mandell & Davidson, PC (1987-1988)


National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Treasurer (2020- ); Member (2006 -)
American Bankruptcy Institute, Member (1992 -)
National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees, Member (2002 -)
National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, Member


Consumer Bankruptcy Manual West Publishing Co-Author
Consumer Bankruptcy Handbook West Publishing Co-Author
“Starting the Clock on Trustee’s Avoidance Powers" Warren Gotham & Lamont Bankruptcy Law & Practice July/August 1993, Vol.2, No.5 Author


Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors, Judicial Service Award (2018)
New York Institute for Credit, 13th Annual NYIC Conrad Duberstein Award (2017)
National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees, 2006 Distinguished Service Award (2006)
NJ Bar Association, Legislative Recognition Award (1999)