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I am a solo practitioner focusing on criminal defense, family law and probate law.  I was raised in the West Bloomfield until 7th grade, when my family moved to Bloomfield Hills.  I attended West Hills Middle School and Andover High School for 10th grade before I changed high schools.  I graduated from Pickering College, an all-male boarding school of 200 students in Newmarket, Ontario.  My first roommate was Kyam Abdullah, who came to the school from Trinidad.  Student came from around the world, including Peru, Venezuala, Mexico, Iran, China, the Bahamas, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), and elsewhere. 

After graduating I returned to the Detroit area and waited tables, cooked and bartended.  After 12 years in the restaurant industry I enrolled at Wayne State University to obtain my bachelors degree in journalism.  I wrote for various local publications, including the DAC News, the feature magazine of the Detroit Athletic Club.  After graduating from Wayne State in 2001 I moved to New Hampshire to write for a bi-weekly newspaper, The Rockingham News.  I also became involved in community theater, acting, stage managing, and operating lights and sound in a variety of plays at The Players Ring theater and elsewhere in the Seacoast region.  

After spending four years in New Hampshire I returned to Michigan to attend law school.  I worked as a television news producer for the Lansing NBC affiliate WILX Channel 10 while attending law school.  My career trajectory has taken me from a job serving the public, to a job informing the public, to a new career protecting the public's civil rights.  

My experiences in life are what drove me, at 35, to become a lawyer.  Having been wrongly accused in the past, and having family that has been through the criminal justice system, I know the personal toll defending accusation takes not just on the accused, but on his or her family as well.  I am also the product of a broken home and have personal knowledge of how the system can destroy relationships.  Having butted heads with landlords, employers, credit card companies, and other business entities, I decided to empower myself to protect my rights and the rights of others who have been abused by the powerful and corrupt.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
    5 years, 60 cases
  2. Probate: 20%
    5 years, 20 cases
  3. Family: 20%
    5 years, 20 cases



Hourly ($150-225/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Cole M. Young

    I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Kaplan on several matters. He is a great attorney and does a great job of advocating for his clients.


    Cole Young Real estate Attorney
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  • Rachel Mira Loebl

    Jeff Kaplan is a highly respected attorney and a well-spoken advocate on behalf of his clients. I enthusiastically endorse him.


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Contact info

24001 Southfield Road
Suite L200
Southfield, MI, 48075


MIActive And In Good Standing201105/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner, AttorneyLaw Offices of Jeffrey S. Kaplan, PLLC2011 - Present
Fulfillment ContractorCengage Learning2011 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
Jewish Bar Association of MichiganMember2015 - Present
Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar AssociationMember2015 - Present
Criminal Defense Attorneys of MichiganMember2014 - Present
State Bar of MichiganMember2011 - Present
Oakland County Bar AssociationDirector, New Lawyers Committee2011 - Present
Michigan Association for JusticeMember2011 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
JP1, LLC v TompkinsJudgment for plaintiff for $4200 on his claim. Settled for $4200 to my client on her claim against him.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
Wayne State UniversityJournalismBA - Bachelor of Arts2001