Evan B. Caplan


A trial lawyer at heart, Evan Caplan defends corporations in high exposure catastrophic casualty claims, beginning at the initial claim stage and continuing through trial and appellate practice. He focuses his practice on complex tort litigation, including construction law, product liability, environmental and occupational exposure claims, liquor liability, aviation law, and trucking litigation.   

A substantial portion of Evan’s practice is dedicated to serving as lead counsel in the investigation and emergency response stages of major casualty events.  At the outset of a major casualty event, he is often brought in to orchestrate organizational responses to construction and worksite accidents. In this role, he assists clients in mitigating corporate risk and exposure, forming public relations messaging, interfacing with OSHA inspectors, investigating and documenting critical facts, and fending off potential spoliation of evidence claims.

Evan’s role continues from early stage investigation through litigation, whether it involves bodily injury litigation, safety issues, or appeal/mitigation of OSHA citations. He has vast litigation and trial experience representing corporations in lawsuits arising from product defect; representing building owners and major construction companies in the defense of environmental pollution and property damage claims; and representing corporations, manufacturers, municipalities, building owners, and managers in the defense of casualty claims arising from various product defects and toxic exposures. Evan also has experience litigating environmental pollution and exposure matters before the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. At ease in front of both judge and jury, Evan has tried numerous high exposure cases in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania state courts and has argued hundreds of pretrial and trial motions.

Evan has lectured on a wide array of topics, including spoliation of evidence, strict products liability, worker’s compensation, statutory employer and borrowed servant defenses, civil procedure, and OSHA regulations. He has provided Continuing Legal Education seminars before the PADC and on behalf of industry teams and clients and he has taught loss mitigation and evidence preservation courses on behalf of his construction clients. Evan takes pride in his service as a faculty member of Cozen O’Connor’s trial advocacy and deposition training programs, where he regularly instructs junior lawyers on deposition and litigation skills.

Evan is a member of the Defense Research Institute and the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel. He is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania and the District of New Jersey.  

Active in the handling of pro bono legal matters in his community, Evan spent eight years as a board member of the Legal Clinic for the Disabled (LCD) and is a former member of the LCD's fund raising subcommittee. Evan has been widely recognized for his pro bono achievements, receiving the 2008 White Hat Award from the LCD, being named to the First Judicial District Honor Roll in 2007, 2008, 2011, 2014, and 2015 and being recognized by Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP) as volunteer of the month in June 2014 and June 2023. Evan regularly provides pro bono legal services, including preparing living wills and health care directives for clients of the Associated Services for the Blind and facilitating access to health and medical care for clients of VIP. Evan is also a member of Cozen O’Connor’s pro bono committee.

Evan received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Delaware in 1995. In 1998, he received his law degree from Rutgers University School of Law at Camden, where he served as articles editor of the Rutgers Law Journal.



Evan Caplan and James Mulcahy Named Philadelphia VIP Volunteers of the Month

July 07, 2023

Evan Caplan, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation Department, and James Mulcahy, a paralegal in Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation Department, have been selected as Philadelphia VIP's June Volunteers of the Month.

17 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Awarded Pro Bono Service Awards by First Judicial District of PA

October 29, 2015

The judges of the First Judicial Distrct of PA will present pro bono service awards to 17 Cozen O'Connor attorneys who have handled pro bono matters this year in FJD courts.

Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to First Judicial District of Pennsylvania's 2014 Pro Bono Roll of Honor

November 04, 2014

Sixteen Cozen O'Connor attorneys have been named to the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania's 2014 Pro Bono Roll of Honor. Each year, the pro bono committee of the First Judicial Court recognizes attorneys who have provided pro bono services to litigants in the Philadephia Courts. In order to be named to the Roll of Honor, an attorney must practice in Philadelphia County, must have provided services to a client in a case before the FJD, must not be employed by an organization whose primary purpose is the provision of free legal services to the underprivileged, and must have provided legal services with no expectation of receiving a fee.

Evan Caplan and Jim Mulcahy Named Philadelphia VIP Volunteers of the Month

May 16, 2014

Evan Caplan and Jim Mulcahy have been named Volunteers of the Month by Philadelphia VIP.

Cozen O’Connor Member Evan Caplan Honored by Legal Clinic for the Disabled

April 01, 2008

Cozen O’Connor Member Evan Caplan Honored by Legal Clinic for the Disabled


Recent OSHRC Decisions Reinforce the Principle that Unsafe Employee Conduct May Mitigate Against Reasonable Employer Safety Precautions in the Context of OSHA Citations [OSHA Chronicle Blog]

October 14, 2020

On September 21, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) unanimously vacated two machine-guard citations levied against employers by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and substantially reduced the penalty imposed in a third case, holding that more...

OSHA Issues New FAQs Regarding Face Coverings Amidst Employees’ Return to the Workplace [OSHA Chronicle Blog]

June 12, 2020

On June 10, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a series of frequently asked questions and answers (FAQs) regarding the recommended use of surgical masks, cloth face coverings, and respirators in the workplace in the wake of ongoing health concerns arising from...

The Impact of COVID-19 on Civil Litigation in New Jersey Courts [Alert]

April 01, 2020

Evan Caplan details how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the state and federal courts in New Jersey.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Critical Issues in Litigation – 2016

November 03, 2016 - New York, NY

Critical Issues in Litigation – 2015

May 20, 2015 - New York, NY


  • Rutgers University School of Law - Camden, J.D., 1998
  • University of Delaware, B.A., 1995

Awards & Honors

Seventeen Cozen O'Connor attorneys were named to the 2007 Pro Bono Honor Roll of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania.

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court -- Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel