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About me

I am a business litigator who has been in practice for more than twenty years in San Diego and throughout Southern California.

I help clients resolve or litigate in court the disputes that occur everyday in business and between individuals.

I have helped many clients with contract disputes, partnership disputes, unfair competition and fraud.  We also handle real estate and construction matters.  Attorneys working on behalf of my firm handle employment matters on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants.

My client range from large corporations to local San Diego businesses to individuals.  

I began my career assisting on large, white collar cirminal matters, defending those accused of financial and tax crimes by the government.  

My experience also includes defending a large number of attorneys and accountants in professional liability cases. 

I look forward to helping each one of my clients solve the legal problems.  We have experience in most types of disputes that you might be facing. 


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 80%
    21 years
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 10%
    21 years
  3. Consumer Protection: 10%
    21 years



Hourly ($250-375/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Keith Michael Cochran

    Dan is an experienced and talented trial attorney in San Diego. He is a sharp and honest advocate who always puts his clients' interests first. I would highly recommend Dan for any business related dispute.


    Keith Cochran Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Noam Glick

    Daniel is an extremely bright and talented attorney. He is an "outside the box" litigator who finds creative solutions to vexing client problems. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer.


    Noam Glick Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

The Law Offices of Daniel A. Kaplan

555 West Beech Street
Suite 230
San Diego, CA, 92101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2016
Best of the BarSan Diego Business Journal2016
Top Lawyer Contract DisputesSan Diego Magazine2015
Top LawyerSan Diego Magazine2014
Top AttorneySan Diego Daily Transcript2014
Top Lawyer Business LitigationSan Diego Magazine2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney/OwnerThe Law Offices of Daniel A. Kaplan2011 - Present
AttorneyCoughlan, Semmer & Lipman, LLP1996 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Business Trial LawyersMember1995 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaAttorney1995 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Wallace Inn of CourtBarrister2011 - 2012
Professional Liability Underwriting SocietyMember2008 - 2011
Louis Walsh Inn of CourtBarrister2002 - 2004
American Bar AssociationMember1995 - 1996
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Maraccini v. VasconcellosFollowing a bench trial, court found no fraud had occurred but ordered insurance salesperson to repay funds.
In Re Harris, 590 F.3d 730Dismissed by bankruptcy court, federal district court and dismissal affirmed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Priority Pharm. v. Santa Barbara Select Independent Physicians AssociationAfter bench trial, pharmacy was awarded damages but far below amount sought.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
University of California - IrvineSocial EcologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WebinarE Discovery in California2011