Julius Kaplan “Jay” died unexpectedly on Sept. 1. He was born on Aug. 3, 1934, in Washington, DC, and lived most of his life in the District. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ann Lanyon Kaplan; his two children, Samantha Kaplan (Dirk Mason), of Madison, Wis., and Lael Kaplan (Cheryl Kaplan) of Ashburn, Va.; four grandchildren; and his sister, Jean Sulkes, of Chicago. He was preceded in death by his brother, William Kaplan.
Jay was the son of immigrant parents who owned a delicatessen in the Eckington neighborhood of Northwest Washington. Jay received a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University, a juris doctor degree from the University of Chicago Law School where he edited the law review, and an MCL degree), also from the University of Chicago. He served a year on the law faculty of the University of Grenoble, France. Jay met his wife, Ann Lanyon, at a French conversation group, and they were married in London in 1963. Beginning in 1965, Jay entered private practice as an international lawyer. In 1969, he became a founding partner of Kirkwood, Kaplan, Russin, and Vecchi, which grew to an international firm over the next 25 years He finished his career as of counsel to Cadwalader, Wickersham, and Taft from 1995 to 2000.