Jonathon Kaplan is one of the state’s top trial lawyers, having tried dozens of significant jury and non-jury cases involving personal injury, product liability, highway accidents, consumer warranty, franchising, fraud claims, and business disputes. He has obtained an overwhelming number of highly successful verdicts for his clients. Jon has served as appellate counsel on many cases, resulting in published California opinions and establishing law in his areas of practice. Based on his winning track record, opposing lawyers know Jon and his firm, Kaplan Lee LLP, are ready, willing and able to go to trial in order to obtain the absolute best results for their clients.
Jon started his legal career with the prominent Los Angeles law firm of Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith LLP in 1990. There, he quickly distinguished himself, rising to the level of equity partner in that firm. In 2002, he founded Kaplan Lee LLP with fellow attorney, Paul Lee.
Jon personally maintains an AV rating by Marindale-Hubell, the preeminent peer review rating for attorneys’ legal skills and ethics. In recognition of his professional accomplishments, Jon was named one of the State’s top 20 lawyers under the age of 40 by California’s leading legal newspaper, The Daily Journal. He has also been consistently named one of Southern California’s "Super Lawyers" an honor bestowed upon a select group of elite lawyers who have achieved the highest degree of peer recognition and achievement.
Jon is a frequent speaker and lecturer on wide variety of legal subjects. He has lectured in forensic psychiatry for a fellowship program of Los Angeles’ top medical school. He serves as a court-appointed arbitrator and mediator of the California courts.
Jon is committed to his community and has devoted countless hours to civic and charitable causes. He has sat on the boards of many prominent civic and charitable organizations, as well as steering committees for national political candidates.
Languages Spoken: Russian, Spanish
Licensed since 1990
Hourly ($300-500/hour), Contingent (25-40%), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (45 minutes), Pro Bono (10%)
I highly endorse this lawyer. I worked with Mr. Kaplan on a legal matter and found him to be thorough, creative and aggressive. He also has a good sense of humor and is fun to work with! Mr. Kaplan truly cares for his clients.
Bailey Farrin Criminal Defense Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2008|
|Top 20 Under 40||California Law Business||2001|
|Founding Partner||Kaplan Lee LLP||2000 - Present|
|Associate, Non-equity Partner, Equity Partner||Lewis D'Amato Brisbois & Bisgaard||1990 - 2000|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Greater Griffith Park Neigborhood Council, City of Los Angeles||Religious Communities Representative, Vice President||2003 - 2005|
|Aids Healthcare Foundation||Member, Board of Directors||1999 - 2006|
|Duke University School of Law||Member, Future Forum, Board of Visitors||1993 - 1997|
|Emory University||Member, Board of Governors||1991 - 2007|
|UCLA School of Medicine, Psychiatry Department||Guest Lecturer, Forensic Psychiatry||N/A|
|Brown-Williams, et al. v. Bentley Motors, Inc., et al.||Defense verdict upon retrial.|
|Doppes v. Newport Auto Center, et al.||Defeated fraud, civil penalty, punitives claims|
|Curtis v. LaJolla Motors||Defense Victory|
|Los Angeles Daily Journal||Doing Business in the Soviet Union||N/A|
|Duke University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1990|
|Duke University School of Law||N/A||LL.M - Master of Laws||1990|
|Emory University||Russian||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1987|
|Emory University||Soviet/Eastern European Studies||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1987|
|UCLA / USC Forensice Psychiatry Fellowship Program||Admissibility of Expert Witness Testimony: The Daubert Standard and Kelly/Frye Test||N/A|
|UCLA / USC Forensic Psychiatry Program||The Twinkie Defense||N/A|
|UCLA / USC Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program||The Insanity Defense||N/A|
|UCLA / USC Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program||Malingering||N/A|
|ATLLP Monthly Meeting||The Lemon Law||N/A|