Steven E. Kaplan represents and counsels management clients in all areas of labor and employment law, particularly in the area of discrimination. His practice includes defending employers against claims arising under:

  • Title VII
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The National Labor Relations Act
  • The Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law
  • Maryland Wage and Hour laws

He regularly appears before state and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Maryland Human Relations Commission and the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights.

Additionally, Steven offers his clients compliance counseling with respect to Maryland and Washington, D.C., laws.

Prior to joining Littler Mendelson, Steven was an attorney at the National Labor Relations Board, Office of the General Counsel, Division of Advice. During law school, he also worked at the National Labor Relations Board, Office of the General Counsel, in Brooklyn, New York (Region 29), as a field examiner. He was also an intern at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where he was a law clerk to the Chief Administrative Judge. In law school, he was a moot court associate.

Professional & Community Affiliations


Labor & Employment Section

American Bar Association


Labor & Employment Section

Maryland State Bar Association


Labor & Employment Section

District of Columbia Bar


Labor & Employment Section

Montgomery County, Maryland


Recipient, Outstanding Labor & Employment Law Student

John H. Fanning Scholar Award


News, Analysis & Press

Court OKs Treble Damages in Maryland Wage and Hour Disputes

HR Compliance Expert

September 10, 2014

Md.: Employers May Be Liable for Treble Damages for Misclassification Claims

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

August 20, 2014

The Federal Enclave Doctrine: A Potentially Powerful Defense to State Employment Laws

Thomson Reuters Westlaw Journal Employment

April 17, 2013

Employers Who Regard Employees as Disabled May Have to Provide a Reasonable Accommodation

Labor and Employment Law Newsletter

Maryland State Bar Association

April 2006

Insignia – Employers Watch Out!

Labor and Employment Law Newsletter

Maryland State Bar Association

April 2006

Not ADA Disabled? Not So Fast

Maryland State Bar Association Bar Bulletin

Maryland State Bar Association

March 2006

Books & Book Chapters

  • Wage and Hour Laws: A State-By-State Survey, Bloomberg BNA and American Bar Association, Maryland State Chapter, Contributing Author, 2010-2014

Speaking Engagements

2016 Mid-Atlantic Employer Conference

Washington, DC

June 7, 2016

Employer/Employee Relationships - Beyond the Decision to Hire

Labor and Employment Law Conference, Annapolis, MD

May 17, 2016

Hot Labor & Employment Law Compliance Issues

Upper Shore Manufacturing & Business Council Annual Conference - Society for Human Resource Management, Wye Mills, MD

Spring 2011

Fair Employment Law

Columbus School of Law - Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

Winter 2010

Employment Law

George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Winter 2010

Recent Developments under the ADEA and ADA

Workshop on Employment Law for Federal Judges



  • J.D., Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, 2003 magna cum laude
  • B.A., Ohio University, 1993 cum laude

Bar Admission

District of Columbia


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland