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The Law Office of Matthew D. Kaplan was opened in January, 2003.  Since that time we have helped hundreds of injury victims and their families achieve justice.  We continue to take on some incredibly challenging cases and obtain results for our clients. 


Mr. Kaplan earned his BA in History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1993.  He graduated from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California in 1996.  


After a road trip through the Pacific Northwest Matthew was committed to moving up north.  It took him 2 days in Portland to fall in love with the city.  In 1997 he relocated and took a job clerking for the Honorable Judge Sidney Galton.  While clerking at the Multnomah County Circuit Court he was able to observe trials and courtroom procedures every day.  Mr. Kaplan witnessed how a trial lawyer can affect change and really help peoople that needed someone to stand up for them against either the State, Insurance companies, or large corporations with vast resouces. 


Mr. Kaplan has been a board member of Oregon Safe Kids for several years.  Safe Kids Oregon is a nonprofit committed to preventing unintentional injuries to children.  Mr. Kaplan has developped a niche in his practice in representing injured children and their familes.  


Matthew Kaplan lives in SW Portland with his two boys.  He practices yoga and is a 2nd degree black belt in TaeKwon-Do and an aspiring triathlete.  


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Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 50%
    17 years
  2. Wrongful Death: 20%
    17 years
  3. Personal Injury: 18%
    17 years
  4. Motorcycle Accident: 10%
    17 years
  5. Brain Injury: 2%
    17 years



Contingent (33-40%)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Matthew. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Bruce Tarbox

    Matt is a detail oriented lawyer with a depth of experience and success in personal injury matters. I refer clients with personal injury, auto accident, med mal and wrongful death to him with enthusiasm.


    Bruce Tarbox Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Matthew D. Kaplan, LLC

222 SW Columbia Street
KOIN Center Suite 1111
Portland, OR, 97201

Matthew D. Kaplan, LLC Attorney at Law
Portland, OR



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerOregon Super Lawyer2015
Super LawyerOregon Super Lawyers2014
Oregon Super LawyerOregon Super Lawyers2013
AV PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2013
Oregon Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
2010 Rising StarsOregon Super Lawyers2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Principal / OwnerKaplan Law, LLC2003 - Present
AttorneySquires & Lopez1999 - 2003
AttorneySouthern Oregon Public Defenders1998 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitAttorney Member2015 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationAttorney Member2011 - Present
U.S. District Court of OregonAttorney2010 - Present
Safe Kids, OregonBoard Member2006 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2005 - Present
Oregon Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2000 - Present
Oregon State BarMember1998 - Present
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember1998 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Not filedConfidential settlement
Estate of Cody ParsonsConfidential settlement
Multnomah CountySettled
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Publication nameTitleDate
Oregon State Bar CLE publicationProbation2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of Massachusetts, AmherstHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Personal Injury 101Personal Injury2013