Robert S. Kaplan



(215) 665-2067

(215) 665-2013

Rob has more than a decade of experience working to counsel clients on the intricacies of employee-benefit and executive compensation matters. Rob advises employee benefit plan sponsors, advisers, and other service providers on plan design, amendment, termination, administration, and governance. He also counsels clients on ERISA fiduciary matters affecting tax-qualified and non-qualified retirement, deferred compensation, severance, and welfare plans. Rob regularly represents clients before the IRS, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, and Department of Labor.

Rob analyzes employee benefits and executive compensation components of corporate transactions, including drafting employment agreements, transaction awards, and severance agreements, and designing incentive compensation plans for executives.

Prior to his legal career, Rob worked in the investment and retirement services industry.




Robert S. Kaplan Signs-On to Cozen O’Connor‘s Growing Labor and Employment Practice

July 10, 2019

Kaplan has experience as a former investment and retirement services professional and now advises employers, benefit plan sponsors, and other service providers on employee benefits (ERISA) and executive compensation-related legal and tax issues.


IRS Issues Guidance Implementing Coronavirus-Related Retirement Plan Provisions Under the Cares Act [Alert]

June 23, 2020

Robert Kaplan and John Wilson discuss the IRS's latest guidance for 401(k), 403(b) and 457(b) retirement plans, including the expanded definition of a qualified individual.

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations for Tax on Nonprofit Executive Compensation [Alert]

June 10, 2020

Robert Kaplan and Jay Dorsch discuss the IRS's proposed rules regarding the 21 percent excise tax on compensation over $1 million and excess parachute payments paid by tax-exempt organizations to certain covered employees.

ERISA Fiduciaries Get Protection as a result of High Court Ruling [Alert]

June 04, 2020

Rob Kaplan discusses the Supreme Court's decision in Thole vs. U.S. Bank N.A., and what it means for fiduciaries of ERISA-regulated employee pension plans.

IRS Allows Greater Cafeteria Plan Flexibility During COVID-19 Crisis [Alert]

May 14, 2020

John Wilson, Jay Dorsch, Lynn Brehm, Robert Kaplan, and Matt Clyde discuss IRS Notice 2020-29 allowing employers to provide flexibility to employees to change their elections under cafeteria plans through December 31, 2020.

IRS and DOL Release Employee Benefits Guidance for COVID-19-Related Administration [Alert]

May 11, 2020

John Wilson and Rob Kaplan discuss guidance from the Department of Labor and the IRS regarding retirement plans, COBRA, and employee benefits subject to ERISA.

Summary and Analysis of Key Provisions of the CARES Act

March 28, 2020

Members of Cozen O'Connor's Coronavirus Task Force provide analysis of the CARES Act and how it will impact small businesses, distressed industries, employers and employees, taxes, and the health care, real estates, and energy industries.

IRS Announces High Deductible Health Plans Can Cover COVID-19 Expenses Without Applying a Deductible [Alert]

March 16, 2020

Robert Kaplan discusses the IRS Notice 2020-15 allowing employers to relax deductibles and other out-of-pocket limits for coronavirus-related expenses.

IRS Asserts No Statute of Limitations for ACA Violations; May Require New Record Retention Policies [Alert]

March 02, 2020

Jay Dorsch and Rob Kaplan discuss the IRS's position that there is no statute of limitations for penalties associated with the Affordable Care Act.

Year-End Spending Bill Includes Significant Employee Benefit Plan Changes

December 30, 2019

Robert Kaplan and Jay Dorsch discuss why employers need to begin evaluating the effects of the SECURE Act on their retirement plans as soon as possible.

Five Ways to Simplify Your Employee Benefit Plan Administration For 2020 and Beyond [HR Headaches Blog]

November 25, 2019

As we get ready for 2020 (and beyond) here are five hot employee benefits ideas to implement in order to make your employee benefit plan administration easier: 1. Adopt (or update) Cafeteria Plan and Wrap Plan Document for Health and Welfare Arrangements In order to allow employees to choose...

IRS Sets March 31, 2020 Deadline for 403(b) Plan Document Compliance [HR Headaches Blog]

October 04, 2019

The United States Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) has released Revenue Procedure 2019-39, which sets forth a March 31, 2020 deadline by which tax-qualified 403(b) plans must have plan documents that fully comply with the 403(b) requirements.  A 403(b) plan is a tax-qualified defined...


  • Temple University School of Law, J.D., 2006
  • Pennsylvania State University, B.S., magna cum laude, 2003

Awards & Honors

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

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey

ASPPA Benefits Council of Greater Philadelphia, Board of Directors, 2013-2019; President 2019-Present