Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH) has appointed James I. Kaplan as managing director and general counsel. Kaplan, who joined the firm on June 23rd, heads the newly formed Office of the General Counsel, which assumes responsibility for all legal, regulatory, compliance and firm tax matters on a firm-wide basis. In addition, Kaplan is responsible for the Firm’s relationships with outside legal counsel.
Kaplan, 50, graduated from Harvard College before receiving his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School. Prior to joining BBH, he was associate general counsel with the Northern Trust Company and general counsel and corporate secretary of the Cole Taylor Financial Group, Inc., both in Chicago. Earlier in his career, Kaplan practiced law with Altheimer & Gray and Mayer, Brown & Platt (now Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw). Kaplan will work primarily from the Firm’s New York headquarters and also from BBH’s Chicago office.