Gary M. Kaplan

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Gary Kaplan is a partner at Farella Braun + Martel and Chairs the firm's Restructuring, Insolvency & Creditors Rights Group, which has earned national and San Francisco rankings from U.S. News  - Best Lawyers.

Mr. Kaplan represents debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, creditors' committees, trustees and receivers in a wide range of bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy matters.  His practice includes both out of court and Chapter 11 restructurings, including advising clients regarding pre- and post-bankruptcy strategy, debt collection, judgment enforcement and provisional remedies.  He has represented both lenders and borrowers in a wide range of financing transactions, including debtor-in-possession financing, as well as lease and guaranty issues.  He also has extensive litigation experience in both bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy courts, at trial and appellate levels, including the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Among other high-profile representations, Mr. Kaplan has acted as co-lead counsel for each of the debtors in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Pacific Lumber Company, each of which were among the largest bankruptcy cases ever filed in their respective industries, and resulted in those companies' successful reorganizations.  He also has represented the Official Unsecured Creditors’ Committees in each of the Carey Limousine L.A. and Cascade Acceptance Corporation Chapter 11 cases.  In addition, he has extensive experience in receivership matters, including represented the receivers for each of the Ritz Carlton Hotel and the Northstar Lodge in the Lake Tahoe area.

Mr. Kaplan is Board Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification and a Certified Legal Specialist in Bankruptcy Law by the State Bar of California.  He is president of the Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum and immediate past chair of the California State Bar Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission.  He has served by appointment on the California State Bar Insolvency Law Committee. 


Mr. Kaplan has lectured and written on a variety of bankruptcy and commercial law topics.  He has been named among the Northern California Super Lawyers (2004-2006, 2009-2015) and was routinely selected as one of a handful of "recommended" attorneys in the San Francisco Bay Area by PLC’s The Restructuring and Insolvency Handbook.  He was named Corporate LiveWire Lawyer of the Year for 2014 in the category Bankruptcy & Restructuring - San Francisco.  He is a ten-time recipient of the "Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service" award from the Bar Association of San Francisco and has received a Certificate of Recognition as an "Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service" from the California State Senate based on his consumer bankruptcy work. 

Prior to his legal career, Mr. Kaplan was a Financial Analyst with First Boston Corporation.


  • President, Board of Directors, Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum
  • Member, Bench-Bar Liaison Committee, U.S. Bankruptcy Court (Northern District of California)
  • Chair, Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission, California State Bar (2013-2014)
  • Past member, Insolvency Committee, California State Bar
  • Past chair, Legislative Subcommittee, California State Bar
  • Past chair, Bankruptcy Section, San Francisco Bar's Barristers Club