David S. Caplan Award for Meritorious Service

The Business Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, in order to recognize the importance and value to the Business Law Section of the many hours of volunteer service provided to the Section and its Committees by its members, established the David S. Caplan Award for Meritorious Service. The award is named in honor of Mr. Caplan, former Chair of the Technology and Venture Law Committee, who, despite his personal physical challenges, was always willing to volunteer his time, his effort, and his ideas for the benefit of the Section.

The Caplan Award is presented annually at the Annual Meeting of the Business Law Section held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the New York State Bar Association. The recipient of the award is selected by a committee consisting of the three most immediate past chairs of the Section, with the person who was the Chair three years earlier being the chair the Committee. If any such member of the Committee is unable or unwilling to serve, the Chair of the Section, in consultation with the other executive officers of the Section, will select an alternate member of the Committee for that year, and if required, designate the Committee Chair.

The Committee usually finalizes its selection of the recipient no later than November 15th each year. The recipient is presented with an appropriate plaque at the Annual Meeting Business Law Luncheon. A list of all award recipients is included on the Section’s website and an announcement identifying the award recipient is included in the Business Law Journal.

The Executive Officers of the Section are authorized to take such other action as they deem appropriate to publicize the nomination process and the identity of the recipient of the award.

Contact: [email protected]

2021 Honoree

James W. Everett, Jr.
New York State Department of Financial Services

Jim has served as the Capital Markets Counsel to the New York State Department of Financial Services since June 2001.  He represents and advises the Department’s senior management, Capital Markets Division, and other divisions on investment law concerning domiciled insurers, reinsurance trusts, banks and bank holding companies and benefit plan investments. He has represented DFS on the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ Valuation of Securities Task Force, of which he has been Vice-Chair, and on statutory accounting and risk based capital issues.

As Vice-Chair of the NAIC’s Corporate Governance Working Group, Mr. Everett wrote the first draft and oversaw the drafting of the NAIC’s Corporate Governance Annual Disclosure model law and regulation.  He wrote the department’s amendments to the regulation of pubic retirement systems’ fiduciary regulation and the New York City Comptroller’s reforms of city retirement system investment procedures.

Jim has served as chair of NYSBA’s Business Law Section and a member of its Executive Committee.  He is a member of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors.  He is also an Observer of the Institute of International Banking Law & Practice Government Letter of Credit project and of the Uniform Law Commissioners’ Uniform Commercial Code & Emerging Technologies Committee. Before joining the department, Mr. Everett served as Vice-President and Counsel for State Proceedings for the Securities Industry Association (SIFMA’s predecessor) and Assistant Counsel to the New York State Senate Majority Leader.

Jim has been published on Uniform Commercial Code Articles 2, 2A, 3, 8, and 9.

Jim earned his LL.M., with honors, in Banking Law from Boston University, his J.D. from the University at Buffalo with honors in securities regulation, and his B.A. from the College of Wooster (Ohio) with honors in political science (international affairs).


Past Award Recipients

2020 – Deborah A. Doxey

2019 – Stuart B. Newman, Esq.

2018 – Bruce J. Baker, Esq.

2017 – Paul H. Silverman, Esq.

2016 – Frederick G. Attea, Esq.

2015 – Samuel F. Abernethy, Esq.

2014 – David L. Glass, Esq.