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Matthew D Kaplan

Car accident Attorney at Portland, OR

5.0   5 reviews

also known as Kaplan Law, LLC

  • State Years
    Washington - WA 13 years
    Oregon - OR 26 years
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2011
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1998
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Matthew

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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 as a bouncer at a local tavern and began 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 people who needed someone to stand up for them against either the State, Insurance companies or large corporations with vast resources. 


Mr. Kaplan was 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 developed a niche in his practice in representing injured children and their families.  He also represents severely injured victims who were hurt by drunk drivers.  Mr. Kaplan has also taken on Civil Rights cases involving correctional medical neglect resulting in catastrophic loss.  Another area that Mr. Kaplan has been successful in is representing victims of horrific industrial accidents, ranging from incredibly complex explosions to confined space injuries, and amputations.


Matthew Kaplan lives in SW Portland with his two sons.  He practices yoga, is a 2nd-degree black belt in TaeKwon-Do and tries to maintain a balanced life through daily exercise and reading.  

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Matthew D. Kaplan, LLC
50 SW Pine Street
3rd Floor
Portland, OR, 97204
Matthew D. Kaplan, LLC Attorney at Law
Portland, OR
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Posted by Melanie | October 25, 2012
Car Accident
Matthew Kaplan did a very good job of handling my case. He was very organized and kept me informed at all times. He was also very prompt at answering any questions I had throughout the time I worked with him. I would definitely recommend him.
Posted by Dorothy | August 10, 2011
Honest,Trustworthy, and dependable
Mr.Kaplan represented me, after I was a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle this past year. I didn't have to worry about any issues involving the incident...including insurance carrier etc.just the healing process! A very professional compassionate Firm. I would not hesitate to have him represent me again!
Posted by Jeannetta | June 29, 2011
When no-one would take the case, Matthew Kaplan did
I was injured in a medical facility. I looked for local attorneys, no-one would take the case since it was not a "sure thing" since I have had previouse injurys. I found Mr. Kaplan's website, I emailded him the statement of what happened, he contacted me right away. Mr. Kaplan in my opion is a honest lawyer, one you don't find too often, a knowledgeable and careing person. Thank you Matthew for helping me when I felt there was no help. Jeannetta
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Posted by Radi | January 30, 2010
Matt Kaplan
I had the pleasure of having Matt Kaplan represent me in a motorcycle accident case in 2005. I decided to let him handle my case as he was highly recommended and worked diligently towards the best possible outcome. A couple of years later I was in a similar situation and again retained his services. I've since recommended him to friends and would contact him again without hesitation should the need arise.
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Posted by Frank | December 23, 2009
Matt Kaplan - Honest - patient - hard working
Matt Kaplan worked very hard on my case. He was realistic in his expectations of my claims value and didn't let anyone walk over me. He was patient with me and stood firm ground with the defendents. I would not hesitate to recomend him or call him again if the need arrives.


  • Contingency 33%-40%


AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal / Owner
  • Kaplan Law, LLC
  • 2003 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Squires & Lopez
  • 1999 - 2003
  • Attorney
  • Southern Oregon Public Defenders
  • 1998 - 1999


  • Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Estate of Cody Parsons
  • Confidential settlement
  • Not filed
  • Confidential settlement
  • Multnomah County
  • Settled
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  • United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit
  • Attorney Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • U.S. District Court of Oregon
  • Attorney
  • 2010 - Present
  • Safe Kids, Oregon
  • Board Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Oregon Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Oregon Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Oregon Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • 2010 Rising Stars
  • Oregon Super Lawyers
  • 2010
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  • Oregon State Bar CLE publication
  • Probation
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

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Given (15)
Endorse Matthew
Car accident Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Matt since the late 90's when he did indigent defense work for Squires & Lopez and I did the same type of work. After we both transitioned from indigent defense, I defended cases where he was the Plaintiff attorney when I worked at Allstate. I have always found Matt to be diligent, passionate, hard-working and knowledgeable in his work. He truly believes in his work and his clients. Matt is also a great guy to deal with. He is able to effectively and zealously advocate for his clients along with being a professional and pleasant guy to deal with. He is an asset to the legal profession."
Personal injury Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Matthew. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred clients to Matt in the past, and they have always had good things to say about him. He stays on top of his cases, and he gets good results. What more can you ask."
Wrongful death Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Matt Kaplan for several years and have witnessed his personal and professional dedication to his clients. He has consistently obtained positive results for injury victims and this is evidenced by the growing success of his practice. I would not hesitate to refer an injured client or family member to Matt to handle their personal injury case with the confidence that Matt would handle their case zealously, but in a respectful, professional, and ethical manner."
Personal injury Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Matt for several years through the Oregon Trial Lawyer's Association, where we are both involved members. Matt is a stand up guy with integrity and is a professional and dedicated lawyer. I would highly recommend him to any potential clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Matt for a number of years, and I've been impressed with his professionalism and skill."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew Kaplan is a highly skilled, highly effective attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Friend
"Matt is a great person first! I think any client would be fortunate to have him as counsel."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"In my busy trial practice I rely on experts--the best I can find. When asked by friends, family or clients for the name of a personal injury lawyer, I do what works for me in my practice--I rely on an expert--the best I can find. I rely on Matthew Kaplan, and you can too. He is the best you can find."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"Matt is tough, smart attorney who has amassed a wealth of experience and knowledge regarding personal injury litigation. Matt uses this knowledge and experience on a daily basis to advance his clients' cases and to fight for their interests. In the time that I have known Matt, I have been impressed time and time again with his breadth of knowledge as a litigator, as well as his deep dedication to obtaining justice for his clients. Whether the case is large or small, Matt is a lawyer who knows how to get results. I recommend him without hesitation."
Car accident Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Kaplan is an expert at negotiating the maze of insurance coverage, liability, settlement, and litigation. He is a smart and knowledgeable lawyer in this complicated field."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mattew Kaplan is a wonderful attorney who works tirelessly for his clients. He is an expert in personal injury law, and I would recommend him to anyone who has been injured, or has lost a loved one due to the negligence of another. I endorse Mr. Kaplan."
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Portland Car accident Lawyer Matthew D Kaplan
Matthew D Kaplan
Car accident Attorney
Portland, OR
Licensed for 26 years