Edward Kaplan, a graduate of Columbia College and Vanderbilt University Law School, joined the law firm of Armstrong Allen, PLLC, in Memphis, Tennessee in 1965 and retired from the practice of law in 2006. He was a member of the Special Corporate Law Revision Committee of Tennessee Bar that wrote the current Tennessee Corporate Code, and was editor of the Martindale Hubbell Tennessee Law Digest from 1999-2006. After the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mr. Kaplan was a member of a group of lawyers who volunteered their services to run a pilot program that resulted in the establishment of federally funded legal services in Memphis and Shelby County.
Mr. Kaplan served on the Board of Directors of The Alan Guttmacher Institute and Memphis Planned Parenthood, serving two terms as chair of the latter. He was a member of the Board of Directors and president of Arts Appreciation Foundation; is a member, and was twice chairman, of the board of Opera Memphis, Inc.; and is a past president (2005-2006) of the Jewish Historical Society of Memphis and the Mid-South.