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]

2020 Honoree:

Deborah A. Doxey
Phillips Lytle LLP
Buffalo, NY

Past Award Recipients:

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.