Robert S. Kaplan

Tel 215.864.8417
Fax 215.864.8999

Robert S. Kaplan advises corporate, nonprofit, and governmental employers on issues related to the design, drafting, implementation, and termination of retirement and health and wellness benefits plans. Rob regularly works with our mergers and acquisitions and securities attorneys to analyze employee benefits and executive compensation components of corporate transactions.

Rob frequently works on the correction of plan defects under Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service procedures and counsels plan fiduciaries and benefits committees on their fiduciary obligations. He also works with third-party administrators on their obligations with regards to plan administration. Rob has conducted investigations for ERISA Fiduciary Violations, and reviewed and processed Voluntary Fiduciary Compliance Program (VFCP) applications by plan fiduciaries to correct prohibited transactions for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration.

Prior to joining Ballard Spahr, Rob worked for Bank of America Merrill Lynch as a Senior Compliance Consultant and Prototype Document Manager. Rob was principal drafter of a proprietary prototype document and related amendments, Summary Plan Descriptions, and Summary of Material Modifications, and provided compliance consulting to plan sponsors and fiduciaries on plan design and operations. He also formerly served as an ERISA Consultant with Ascensus Retirement Services. 

Professional Activities

Pennsylvania Bar Association

American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA)

Recognition & Accomplishments

ASPPA Qualified Pension Administrator (QPA) and Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA)


Co-author, "House Passes American Health Care Act," Ballard Spahr legal alert, May 5, 2017 

Co-author, "IRS Announces Cost-of-Living Adjustments for Employee Benefit Plans," Ballard Spahr legal alert, October 27, 2014

Co-author, "IRS To Apply One-Rollover-Per-Year Limit on IRA Rollovers," Ballard Spahr legal alert, March 24, 2014

Co-author, "Final Regulations Issued on Safe Harbor Contribution Suspension," Ballard Spahr legal alert, November 15, 2013

Board Memberships

ASPPA Benefits Council of Greater Philadelphia, 2013-present

Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law (J.D. 2006)

Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law (Graduate Tax Program Employee Benefits Certificate, 2013)

Pennsylvania State University (B.S. Labor and Industrial Relations, 2003, magna cum laude)

New Jersey