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Jonathon Kaplan

About me

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

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Practice areas


  1. Employment: 75%
    25 years, 300 cases
  2. Civil Rights: 25%
    25 years, 300 cases



Hourly ($300-500/hour), contingent (25-40%), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (45 minutes), Pro bono (10%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Douglas MacMillan Borthwick

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    Douglas Borthwick Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Bailey J. Farrin

    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 Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Kaplan Weiss LLP

355 South Grand Avenue, Suite 2450
Los Angeles, CA, 90071

Kaplan Weiss LLP

400 Continental Blvd 6th Floor
El Segundo, CA, 90245



DCActive 199207/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Top 20 Under 40California Law Business2001
AV RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerKaplan Lee LLP2000 - Present
Associate, Non-equity Partner, Equity PartnerLewis D'Amato Brisbois & Bisgaard1990 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
UCLA School of Medicine, Psychiatry DepartmentGuest Lecturer, Forensic PsychiatryN/A
Greater Griffith Park Neigborhood Council, City of Los AngelesReligious Communities Representative, Vice President2003 - 2005
Aids Healthcare FoundationMember, Board of Directors1999 - 2006
Duke University School of LawMember, Future Forum, Board of Visitors1993 - 1997
Emory UniversityMember, Board of Governors1991 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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 MotorsDefense Victory
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Publication nameTitleDate
Los Angeles Daily JournalDoing Business in the Soviet UnionN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Duke University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Duke University School of LawN/ALL.M - Master of Laws1990
Emory UniversityRussianBA - Bachelor of Arts1987
Emory UniversitySoviet/Eastern European StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
UCLA / USC Forensice Psychiatry Fellowship ProgramAdmissibility of Expert Witness Testimony: The Daubert Standard and Kelly/Frye TestN/A
UCLA / USC Forensic Psychiatry ProgramThe Twinkie DefenseN/A
UCLA / USC Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship ProgramThe Insanity DefenseN/A
UCLA / USC Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship ProgramMalingeringN/A
ATLLP Monthly MeetingThe Lemon LawN/A