Michel G. Kaplan

April 6, 1946 – February 15, 2017

Our dear friend and colleague Michel G. “Mike” Kaplan passed away peacefully on February 15, 2017.

Mike graduated from Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt Law School. He then received a master’s degree in taxation from New York University, and was chosen to serve as a clerk on the United States Tax Court. Returning to Nashville, he practiced law with the firm of Boult, Cummings, Connors and Berry, and since 1993 with Sherrard, Roe, Voigt and Harbison. His expertise in tax, estate planning and exempt organizations, and his ability to communicate, made him a popular lecturer in these areas throughout the United States. His opinion on tax issues was often sought by writers from the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, and Money, and his insights were often included in these and other publications.

His passion was golf, which he took up as a teenager in New Jersey, and was mentored by a gentleman whom Mike felt taught him the importance of etiquette and the adherence to rules that are part of the game. Because his mentor also taught him the importance of giving back, Mike freely donated his time and legal talents to the Tennessee Golf Foundation and the Tennessee Golf Association. He was esteemed by all in the legal community, and his accomplishments are too numerous to list. But he will be remembered most for his honesty, integrity, and wonderful sense of humor.


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