Steven B. Kaplan

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Tel: 860.522.1243
Fax: 860.548.0194 

Steve practices in the area of Construction & Surety Law. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in 1974, a Master of Arts from the University of Massachusetts in 1978, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1982. From 1981 to 1982, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Connecticut Law Review.

From 1995-2010, he co-edited the annual Connecticut Bar Association Construction Case Law Summary and Legislative Review. Steve has authored: “New Contracting Requirements Will Pose Challenges,” 39 Conn.L.Trib. No. 28, 7/15/13; “Fundamentals of Construction Contracts & Claims (CT)” (Lorman Business Center 2012); “Offers of Compromise Could Facilitate Settlements,” 37 Conn. L. Trib. No. 45,11/7/11; “Next Attorney General Will Encounter Key Issues,” 36 Conn. L. Trib. No. 44, 11/1/10; “Proposed Contractor Evaluation System Has Pitfalls,” 36 Conn. L. Trib. No. 28, 7/12/10; “The Language of Mediating Construction and Commercial Disputes,” Presented at ABA Conference– Section of Dispute Resolution, April 9, 2010, San Francisco, CA; “A Positive Change Regarding Change Directives,” 35 Conn. Law Tribune No. 44 (11/2/09); “New Developments in Connecticut Construction Claims” (Lorman Business Center 2007); American Arbitration Association: “Arbitration Advocacy for Attorneys” (2005) “Construction Deficiencies in Connecticut: Claims & Insurance Issues” (Lorman Business Center, Inc., 2005); “Damages for Delay & Other Construction Claims in Connecticut” (Lorman Business Center, Inc., 2005); “Termination for Cause from the Surety’s Perspective” (CBA Construction Law Seminar, May 1996); “Union Project Labor Agreements,” (CBA Annual Meeting, Construction Law Section, June 1996); “Getting Paid: Payment Bond Claims,” Construction Magazine (Fall, 1992); “Performance Bond Claims: The Surety’s Defenses – An Update,” ABA Surety/TIPS Mid-winter Conference, 1991; “The CIA Responds to Its Black Sheep: Censorship and Passport Revocation – The Case of Philip Agee,” 13 Connecticut Law Review 317, 1981. He has co-authored: “Payment for Construction Claims in Connecticut,” (Lorman Business Center, Inc., 1990, 1998 2004); “Labor & Other Regulatory Issues in Connecticut Construction” (Lorman Business Center, Inc., 2004); “Public Construction Contracting in Connecticut,” (Lorman Business Center, Inc., 1998-2001); “Construction Problems in Connecticut,” (PESI, 1991);”Connecticut Construction Claims and Collections,” (PESI, 1988); “Connecticut Mechanic’s Liens and Payment Bonds,” (PESI,1987).

Since 2004, Steve has been an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Program for Construction Management at Central Connecticut State University, teaching Construction Law and Construction Financial Management. From 1987-2002, Steve taught Public Construction Contracts at the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Steve is a longtime Arbitrator and Mediator on the Construction and Commercial Panels for the American Arbitration Association and ADR, Inc. He is one of only two Master Mediators on the AAA Construction Mediation Panel for Connecticut. He has acted as a Mediator in approximately thirty construction cases. He is a founding member and past Chairman of the Connecticut Bar Association Construction Law Section; a board member of the Hartford County Bar Association; and a member of the American Bar Association Forum Committee on the Construction Industry and the Fidelity and Surety Law Committee.

For many years, Steve has been named annually as one of the Connecticut and New England Super Lawyers® in the area of Construction Litigation (2007-2015).