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 Richard Kaplan has been a private Criminal Defense Attorney since he graduated Pepperdine University School of Law in 1987. He has tried cases in State and Federal Court. He has handled allegations including but not limited to Insurance Fraud, Medicare Fraud, Murder, Robbery, Embezzlement, Domestic Violence, Sex Crimes, Environmental Crimes, White Collar Crimes, Multi-Kilo Narcotic Cases, Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and Alcohol as well as Asset Forfeiture Matters. Clients have included Professional Athletes, Entertainment Industry Professionals, Doctors and Lawyers. All cases are personally handled with confidentially and discretion.

               Mr. Kaplan is admitted to practice in the United States Courts for the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California. He is also admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court.

               Mr. Kaplan currently serves as the First Vice President of the Beverly Hill Bar Association. He is the Board Liaison to the Criminal Law Section (and a past Chairperson) and is a past Chair of the Solo and Small Firm / Law Practice Management Section. Mr. Kaplan is a past president of the BHBA Barristers. In 1993 he was presented the Laurence J. Blake award for distinguished service to the BHBA Barristers.

               Mr. Kaplan was Chair of the State Bar of California Executive Committee of the Solo and Small Firm Section in 1995-1996. In 1996 he was presented with the Myer Sankary Award for Outstanding Leadership and Dedication.

               Mr. Kaplan is currently a member of the American Bar Association, Criminal Courts Bar Association, California Attorney’s for Criminal Justice, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

               In 2000, Mr. Kaplan served as counsel on the Rampart Independent Review Panel.

               Mr. Kaplan is a frequent speaker on criminal law and related topics. Mr. Kaplan has spoken at the State Bar of California Annual Meeting, the Section Education Institute, the Solo and Small Firm Summit, and at the ABA Midyear meeting. He regularly teaches a class for new lawyers for the Beverly Hills Bar Association.

                              Mr. Kaplan has been voted by his peers as a Southern California Super Lawyer since 2006.




Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
  3. Violent Crime: 10%
  4. Federal Crime: 10%
  5. White Collar Crime: 5%


Payment types:

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  • George Fredrick Mueller

    I endorse this lawyer's work: trustworthy, conscientious, hardworking and fundamentally dedicated to every Client, familiar Californians recognize that Mr. Kaplan is an excellent defense attorney who is a beneficial asset to Bevery Hills and the entire DUI Defense Bar community. Any person in need of a premier criminal defense lawyer will know he or she is in capable hands. For a number of reasons (but without enough character space to properly do this fine attorney justice), I am honored to endorse this superb lawyer.


    George Mueller DUI and DWI Attorney
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Contact info

Kaplan Marino, P.C.

9454 Wilshire Blvd Ste 500
Beverly Hills, CA, 90212-2908


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Myer Sankary AwardState Bar of California, Solo and Small Firm Section2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerKaplan Marino, PC1996 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Beverly Hills Bar FoundationSecond Vice President2015 - Present
State Bar of California, Solo and Small Firm SectionChairperson2005 - 2006
Publication nameTitleDate
California Lawyer MagazineOpen Season on Passenger’s Purses1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California - Santa BarbaraN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Pepperdine University School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
State Bar of California Annual MeetingCollateral Consequences of Domestic Violence Cases2005