Gordon G. Kaplan has more than 30 years of experience in U.S. and international corporate and business law both in private practice and as vice president/general counsel for major international companies. A member of the bar in California and presently an inactive member in Illinois, and Washington, D.C., he received his B.A. and law degrees from the University of Illinois and continued his post-graduate legal education at George Washington University and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University College London. Kaplan was formerly a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. State Department representing U.S. interests at our embassies in Senegal, Mauritania, and Belgium. On assignment in Washington, D.C., he advised on negotiating international agreements for world trade in agricultural commodities. Kaplan has written widely on international legal and financial matters in leading newspapers and law journals. A selection of his published works is listed below.


Past Employment Positions

  • Tracker Network PLC, General Counsel, Co-founder
  • Gottesman Jones & Partners, Partner. Representative clients included Citicorp/Citibank, Security Pacific Corporation, The Coca-Cola Export Corporation, Fox-Pitt, Kelton (Investment Bankers), Lease Financing Corporation, Source Perrier S.A., Olivetti, Raleigh Bicycles, Vivitar, Young & Rubicam, Tracker Network PLC.
  • Halco Mining, Vice President & General Counsel
  • Citicorp Leasing International, Vice President & General Counsel
  • U.S. State Department, Foreign Service Officer

Published Works

  • "Interests and Values in U.S. Foreign Policy", Orange County Register, December, 2018
  • "Trump's Climate Agenda Fails To Put US First", San Diego Union Tribune, November, 2017
  • "Cutting Foreign Aid Won't Help U.S. Military", San Diego Union Tribune, March, 2017
  • "Alcoa’s encounter with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act", San Diego Daily Transcript, January, 2014
  • "Using international arbitration to resolve contract disputes", San Diego Daily Transcript, March, 2012
  • "Tools of international trade: using exclusive distribution agreements for export sales", San Diego Daily Transcript, September, 2011
  • "Making Economic Sanctions Work", The San Diego Union Tribune, August, 2010
  • "On pragmatism in U.S. foreign policy", The San Diego Union Tribune, March, 2009
  • "The long arm of U.S. anti-bribery law in international business", San Diego Daily Transcript, January, 2009
  • "California moves ahead with 'green' economic development agenda", San Diego Daily Transcript, November, 2008
  • "Homelessness in San Diego: Fighting the problem effectively", The San Diego Union Tribune, August, 2007
  • "Global Warming, Kyoto, and Cap-and-Trade Systems to Cut Greenhouse Gases", San Diego Daily Transcript, June, 2006
  • "Funding Growth on London's International Market for Small-Cap Companies", San Diego Daily Transcript, November, 2005
  • "Beware of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act", San Diego Daily Transcript, June, 2005
  • "Corporate Social Responsibility Is No Oxymoron", San Diego Daily Transcript, March, 2005
  • "Stock Option Nightmare", San Diego Daily Transcript, May, 2002
  • "A New Way to Pay for Aircraft", Financial Times (London), September, 1980
  • "International Economic Organizations: Oil and Money", Harvard International Law Journal, 1976

Kaplan Law Office

International Business Attorney
San Diego, California

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Areas of Practice

  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Corporate Law
  • International Law
  • International Business Transactions

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Illinois (inactive)
  • District of Columbia (inactive)

Areas of Practice

  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Corporate Law
  • International Law
  • International Business Transactions

Education

  • University College London, Faculty of Laws, London, England
  • Major: Ph. D. candidate in International Economic Law
  • George Washington University National Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
  • Major: International Business Transactions
  • University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois
  • LL.B.
  • University of Illinois
  • B.A. in Political Science