About the Firm

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Michael L. Kaplan, Esq.—Attorney at law

michael_kaplan_esqMichael L. Kaplan is licensed to practice law in the New York State Courts, the New Jersey State Courts, the Federal Courts for both the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, the Federal Court for the District of New Jersey and the United States Supreme Court.

Martindale-Hubbell has given Mr. Kaplan its “Distinguished” rating in Legal Knowledge, Analytical Capabilities, Judgment, Communication Ability and Legal Experience as well as its very high ethical standard rating. Martindale-Hubbell’s ratings are generated from legal evaluations by other attorneys.

Michael L. Kaplan is a member of the prestigious National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). He is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association where he is also a member of its Trusts and Estates Law and Elder Law Sections and the Brooklyn Bar Association.

Mr. Kaplan has more than 30 years experience in the areas of Estate Planning, Trusts and Estates, Estate Litigation, Elder Law including protection of assets, Medicaid Planning, Medicaid Applications,  Real Estate Practice,  and family matters. In addition to representing numerous clients in these areas, Michael L. Kaplan is regularly appointed by the courts as a “Guardian Ad Litem” to represent persons who are unable to adequately represent themselves, due to age or incapacity. Mr. Kaplan regularly gives presentations to community groups about estate planning and elder law.

Michael L. Kaplan is a graduate of Brooklyn College (B.A. 1979) and Pace University School of Law (J.D. 1982).

For further information, please contact Michael L. Kaplan at michaelkaplan@kaplandardis.com or by phone at 718-377-0600.

Linda M. Dardis, Esq.—Attorney at law and Mediator

linda_dardis_esqLinda M. Dardis is licensed to practice law in New York State. She is also admitted to practice in the Federal Courts for both the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Dardis has a solid background in Employment Law, Estate Litigation and Mediation (Alternative Dispute Resolution).

Ms Dardis has had a law practice representing employees and small businesses in Employment Law matters, since 1999. Her experience includes handling sexual harassment and employment discrimination claims, as well as claims under the Family Medical Leave Act and claims for discrimination against caregivers/those with family responsibilities. In addition, Ms. Dardis has been highly successful in obtaining enhanced severance packages for employees, at those times when the employment relationship is ending. Ms. Dardis has lectured on the subject of Employment Law before community groups, as well as area bar associations.    Linda M. Dardis has also served as co-counsel with Michael L. Kaplan on numerous estate litigation matters for over a decade.

Linda Dardis has experience in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution/Mediation which spans over 25 years. Ms. Dardis received her initial training as a mediator in 1985, serving as a mediator for many years with ACCORD, Center for Dispute Resolution in upstate, New York. Ms. Dardis was asked to serve on the Board of Directors of ACCORD, as a result of her many years of service as a mediator. As a member of the Board of Directors, she functioned as the Chair of the Training Committee for two years and ultimately served as the Vice President of the Board of Directors.

Ms. Dardis served as a volunteer and was the first non-employee member of the Mediation Project Work Group, of the New York State Division on Human Rights (NYSDHR), from June 2010 through September, 2011. The function of the Work Group was to expand the use of mediation for the early resolution of selected employment discrimination complaints at the NYSDHR. The efforts of the Work Group were aimed at developing a model mediation program for the NYSDHR, with a goal of expanding the model for use throughout New York State. Ms. Dardis conceptualized the specific criteria required of potential mediators seeking to join the NYSDHR Mediation Program.

Ms. Dardis is a member of the Mediation Panel for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She was appointed to the “Mediator Advisory Committee” for the Southern District Mediation Program in July, 2013, serving on that committee for a 2-year term. Ms. Dardis is a member of the Mediation Panel of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Ms. Dardis also serves on the Mediation Panels for the “Commercial Part” of the New York County Supreme Court in Manhattan, as well as the Supreme Court in Queens County. Ms. Dardis is a member of the National Roster of Mediators for the Cornell University – School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

Ms. Dardis has served as a speaker at continuing legal education programs for mediators, including a presentation for the April, 2013, “Dean’s Hour” of the Nassau County Bar Association (NCBA), sponsored by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of NCBA, entitled “ Impasse is a Fallacy”. Her long history contributing to mediation training and training programs, includes regular service as a mentor to newly trained mediators, as well as serving as a faculty member/facilitator for the Advanced Commercial Mediation training for the NCBA in May, 2011 and the past five years in the Commercial Mediator training program sponsored by the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Linda Dardis is a member of the Mediation Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association. Ms Dardis is also a member of the Dispute Resolution and Labor and Employment Sections of the American Bar Association, the New York Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association, as well as the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association on Long Island.

Her primary areas of concentration in the field of Mediation are Employment Law Disputes, Workplace conflict resolution, Civil Rights Claims, Commercial litigation disputes, Building and Construction, Real Estate disputes and disputes involving Elder Law and contested Estate matters. Ms. Dardis uses a “facilitative” style of Mediation and is both tenacious and compassionate in her approach to mediating disputes.  Ms. Dardis is highly regarded and has received endorsements by her peers in the Mediation community.

Linda M. Dardis is a graduate of CUNY School of Law ( J.D. 1998). She has served as a director on the CUNY School of Law Foundation Board since 2001.

For further information, please contact Linda M. Dardis at lindadardis@kaplandardis.com or by phone at 718 377 0600.