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John Kaptan

Landlord or tenant Attorney at Virginia Beach, VA

4.9   16 reviews
  • Licensed for 4 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2019
    Status
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About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Landlord or tenant
    25%
    Landlord and tenant matters can be complicated. Whether dealing with an eviction, security deposit or repairs dispute, or just reviewing your lease. John zealously represents both tenants and landlords, in and out of the courtroom.

  2. Contracts and agreements
    20%
    Contacts are more than just a piece of paper. They can oftentimes create turmoil if not written and defined properly. It is important to have an attorney review or draft your contract and provide clarity regarding your legal rights.

  3. Real estate
    20%
    A home purchase is often the largest and most significant investment of a person’s life. Likewise, the sale of a home is no simple task. It is important to have an attorney on your side to handle whatever issues come up.

  4. Litigation
    15%
    Whether you're filing a civil suit or are being sued you need an attorney that will look out for your best interests. John is a skilled negotiator and will zealously advocate for you in and out of the courtroom.

  5. Speeding and traffic ticket
    10%
    Reckless driving, speeding, driving under suspension, traffic offenses, following too closely, accidents have the potential to impact your driving record.

  6. Business
    5%
    Whether you are just getting your business started or it’s already up and running, you will want an attorney you can turn to for advice.

  7. Estate planning
    5%
    Most people should have some type of estate plan, will, transfer-on-death deed, living will and medical directive. Planning ahead will ensure that your wishes are known if you should die or become incapacitated.

Zealous Representation for the Most Challenging Landlord Tenant Disputes in the South Hampton Roads Area. Now Offering FREE 10-minute consultation for Reckless Driving.

John was named “Most Inspiring Graduate,” of the Regent University School of Law for his Class.  An Honors student, John earned the Ronald L. Fick Book Award for highest academic achievement in:
His outstanding performance in Real Estate Transactions, Property, Contract, and Criminal Law propelled him to finish in the top fifth of the class.
Beyond the books, John established himself as an effective justice-oriented advocate. He represented Virginia on 86 cases, including felony prosecutions, under Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office. John interned for the Supreme Court of Virginia and assisted the Legal Advisor to the Supreme Allied Commander for Transportation at the Norfolk NATO headquarters.
John’s 12 years of active duty military service include multiple deployments and work in the Defense Attaché Office at U.S. Embassy, Paris. During two assignments as a Legal Officer, LCDR Kaptan prepared dozens of wills and powers of attorney for deploying Sailors. He developed a nuanced understanding of the adversarial process as a Court Martialing Officer, representing commands in UCMJ hearings and counseling Sailors trapped by predatory leasing and lending practices.
International experience is balanced by John’s deeply rooted local investment. He is a licensed Virginia real estate professional who has maintained a home on the southside since 2004. John’s commitment to our region’s well-being shows in his serving with Portsmouth-based EDMARC Hospice for Children and engagement with the post-incarceration reintegration efforts of Onesimus House of Chesapeake.

John lives in Virginia Beach with his wife Tracy and his three wonderfully energetic children. 

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Location

Hanger Law
2000 Arctic Ave.
Virginia Beach, VA, 23451

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4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Tiffany | March 6, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Experience
We had a great experience with Mr Kaptan, very personable, professional and proficient, will be using them again in the future
Posted by Ben & Sonya Parker | March 1, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Very knowledgeable and helpful
We came into an unfortunate situation with our tenants that John helped us to quickly resolve. He was very knowledgeable about the matter at hand and took all the necessary steps to ensure we were happy with the final outcome. He answered our questions quickly and kept us up to speed throughout process. Thanks for all your help, John!
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Posted by Ann | August 20, 2021
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Great Lawyer and Law Practice
I hired John Kaptan for a trespass, property damage case. I was extremely happy with his knowledge of the law in reference to my case. He and his team communicated quickly with expert knowledge and research and answered any concerns or questions I and my husband had. I felt like we had the best legal team possible and would highly recommend John and his law practice.
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Posted by Macy | August 19, 2021
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Landlord/Tenant
I hired John Kaptan to help me with a landlord/tenant issue I needed assistance with. John was very professional, knowledgeable and was able to get my situation resolved quickly. I highly recommend him and would 100% hire him again.
Posted by Jessica | July 20, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent service
Mr. Kaplin and his team handled a FSBO for us. The process was new to us. They quickly handled the process and kept us informed. He is reasonable in pricing and is wonderful to work with! Highly recommend!
Posted by Danielle | April 15, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Above & Beyond
I was in a one car accident and I received a serious ticket that did not match the situation. John came prepared with a defense that encouraged the judge to remove the ticket without paying a fine.
Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Awesome Job!!!
Mr. John Kaptan, ESQ was professional and personable. Made me fill comfortable speaking with a lawyer. He displayed competence and experience. He helped me see the glass half full vs half empty. The best 250 I have spent.
Posted by anonymous | August 24, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Recommend
I reached out to Mr. Kaptan after dealing with months of an issue regarding my college housing lease. During COVID 19, I lost my job, college closed, I was unable to stay in my apartment and had to move back home. The complex did not want to work with me on a termination of my vacant apartment and insisted I continue paying for the additional 18 months of my term. During my consult call, John listened to my problem, provided a couple solutions and swiftly resolved my matter. In a short amount of time he was able to protect my credit and assist me in the mutual termination of my lease of the property I had to vacate months ago. I highly recommend John, he was friendly and aggressively advocated for my position.
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Posted by Karlene | April 8, 2020
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Knowledgeable and aggressive
I called all over town and spoke to five or six different firms. Mr. Kaptan was the only one who answered the phone and spoke to me that day. He was aggressive and the result was better than what we'd hoped for. His staff was kind and helpful. Would definitely recommend to anyone with a real estate problem who wants results.
Posted by Dondra | March 11, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
The Best
I was lead to John after a family member whom I had co-signed on a lease for a business, her business I might add, broke the lease without my knowledge. Short story is, I was being sued, along with her for breach of that lease even though the business was never mine nor did i profit from it in any manner. I was distraught, mad, and very confused. I met John to discuss my options. Almost immediately he began to reassure me that things could be worse and that I do have options. I knew right away that he was the attorney for for. I left everything to him, and needless to say I am more than pleased with the outcome given what I was up against. I was kept in the loop every step of the way. His expertise saved my credit and as allowed me to pursue, without disruption, new business ventures. John is the absolute best and I will definitely be reaching out to him i the future for counsel and advice.
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Posted by Dave | March 10, 2020
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Review of John as a closing attorney.
John was our closing attorney for a property in Virginia Beach. He thoroughly reviewed each document and answered our questions succinctly, but with sufficient detail. What impressed me most was his friendly and courteous demeanor. Although it was a routine closing, John was careful to ensure all the i's were dotted and the t's were crossed. I would seek his services in the future and recommend him with out reservation to anyone seeking a closing attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2020
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Thrill of Victory
John did an outstanding job representing my organization as a client. He demonstrated nuanced understanding of the key aspects of law applicable to our case and promptly won us a favorable result. John was highly accessible and provided timely and clear communication and guidance throughout the process. His personable approach worked well with the Judge and built trust within our organization that we were well represented. I would 100% recommend John to anyone facing litigation or needing legal assistance.
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Posted by Sam | February 14, 2020
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Exceeded All Expectations
I reached out to Mr. Kaptan after dealing with a months of water damage in my apartment including a ceiling collapse over my bed making the bedroom and bathroom in my 1 bed/bath apartment basically uninhabitable. Attempts made on my own to deal with the property management company went ignored, and I had honestly gotten to a point where I was unsure what recourse, if any, was left at my disposal. However, after contacting Mr. Kaptan and dealing with his attentive and highly competent assistant Jeannette, months of stagnation were immediately eradicated. After only 2 days, Mr. Kaptan had crafted a demand letter engendering a response from property management, and shortly after I was able to be relocated to a different unit with more amenities at my current rental rate. Furthermore Mr. Kaptan was beyond generous with his time, was thorough in explaining every step of the process and making sure he had my buy-in before proceeding, and his fees were more beyond reasonable for the work he completed on my behalf, including leniency in payment terms making the legal fees affordable for my limited budget. Beyond the obvious competency of Mr. Kaptan and his staff, they were also personable, compassionate regarding my situation, and dedicated to getting me the best resolution possible. I couldn't be more pleased with their services, and would very highly recommend them to anyone in need of legal help. I honestly cannot think of a better lawyer to represent you, and will forever be grateful for what was accomplished on my behalf.
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Posted by Williams | January 10, 2020
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Far Exceeded Our Expectations
We had a landlord-tenant issue that we have been unable to settle for months until John assisted and represented us in the matter. Having him on our side made such a huge difference! He’s knowledgeable, organized, proactive and gives sound advice. We’re extremely pleased with how our case has been handled and resolved.
Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Quick to respond and a fierce negotiator!
John listened to my issue and was extremely upfront regarding my legal matter. He was provided me different legal options and resolve the matter outside of court. I highly recommend him!
Posted by Evelyn | September 28, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
cherry cabinets
John contacted our cabinet maker and negociated a lower price because of all the mistakes made. When he felt we were not going to get a better deal in any more money I ask for things that I paid for but did not get. John was able to get my double utensil drawer plus jars of stain for touch ups. He was wonderful to work with.
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AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Hanger Law Firm
  • 2018 - Present
  • Legal Intern
  • Office of the Commonwealths Attorney for Virginia Beach
  • 2018 - 2018
  • Judicial Intern
  • Judicial Intern to Honorable D. Arthur Kelsey, Supreme Court
  • 2017 - 2017
  • Intern
  • NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Director of Training
  • Submarine Learning Facility,
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Military Officer
  • Surface Warfare Officers School
  • 2011 - 2013
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Education

  • Regent University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2019
  • United States Naval Academy
  • B.S. Political Science
  • 2004

Associations

  • Business Law Society
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Federalist Society
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Onesimus House Chesapeake
  • Volunteer
  • 2018 - Present
  • Blackstone Legal Fellowship
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
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Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Most Inspiring Graduate
  • Regent University
  • 2019
  • Highest Grade
  • National Legal Policy Honors Section
  • 2019
  • Negotiations - 2019 Highest Rating
  • Regent University
  • 2019
  • Best of 2018-Case Studies in National Legal Policy
  • Regent University
  • 2018
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Speaking Engagements

  • TRIG Board
  • Recent developments in Landlord Tenant Law
  • 2022
  • HRRA forum
  • Creative Financing in Real Estate
  • 2022
  • Realtors Property Management and Leasing Council
  • Common issues with Property Management Agreements
  • 2020
  • HRRA
  • Drafting of Real Estate Contracts and Repair Negotiations to avoid legal disputes
  • 2019
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Attorney endorsements

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Litigation Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a sharp attorney with incredible attention to detail and the desire to provide a favorable outcome for his clients. He clearly has a passion for litigation and that passion directly benefits his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is detail-oriented, responsive and results-driven! He zealously advocates for his clients’ best interests in and out of the courtroom! John is professional, analytical, tough and understands what it takes to be an excellent litigator. I highly recommend him if you have a tenant/landlord issue, contract dispute or other litigation matter."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a solutions-oriented attorney who aggressively advocates for his client's position. He's responsive, fair and gets results for his clients. John is a skilled negotiator, yet not afraid to take matters to court. John has the ability to analyze a situation, provide you with multiple legal options and is prepared to take action! I highly recommend him for all of your legal needs!"
Real estate Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kaptan is honest, trustworthy and passionate about representing his clients. He is knowledgable, detail-oriented and listens to his clients' goals! He works diligently for the best interests of his clients and obtains outstanding results!"
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is detail-oriented, responsive and results-driven! He zealously advocates for his clients’ best interests and is truly a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend John for all of your legal needs!"
Real estate Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a smart, analytical and results driven attorney with a keen attention to detail! He is passionate about the law and goes above and beyond for his clients. John is responsive and always looks out for his clients best interest, regardless of their situation."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a detail oriented and results driven attorney. He is professional, analytical, tough and understands what it takes to be an excellent litigator. . Whether it is a tenant landlord issue, traffic violation, contract law or any other litigating matter, John is steadfast in his commitment to ethical representation and zealously fights for his clients."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a sharp, solutions-oriented attorney. While aggressively advocating for his client's position, he creates win-wins whenever possible. He's as tough a negotiator as I've worked with or against, yet John is quick to see and seize opportunities for his clients. When you see an attorney like John who is as excited to win in court as he is to craft an out of court solution, he's tough to beat! John is professional, calm, courteous, tough and fair minded. You will always know where you stand with John, he will advocate for you and always look out for your best interest!"
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Virginia Beach Landlord or tenant Lawyer John Kaptan
John Kaptan
Landlord or tenant Attorney
Virginia Beach, VA
Licensed for 4 years