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Matt Kaplan Prevails in Appeal Protecting Key Constitutional Rights

Matt Kaplan has obtained the reversal of his client's murder conviction. Kaplan had argued that constitutional errors committed by the trial court resulted in an unfair trial and may have led to his client's wrongful conviction. The case, decided earlier this week by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, is an important precedent which will protect the rights not only of criminal defendants, but of all Americans. Police obtained important evidence in the case from the review of every…

Super Lawyers Honors Matthew B Kaplan a DC “Rising Star”

I have been selected to the 2014 Washington DC Rising Stars list of distinguished attorneys by Super Lawyers Magazine. I appreciate the honor.  Super Lawyers is well known in the legal industry.  I do not know much about their selection process, but it sounds stringent.  They describe it as follows: Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process.  Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research.  Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition…

Joining the Maryland Bar

I just learned that I passed the Maryland “Attorneys’ Bar,” which is obviously good news.  The Attorney’s Bar is a shortened bar exam that Maryland offers attorneys who have been practicing more than five years.  I am glad to have that behind me—it has been almost ten years since I have taken a test that was graded.  As soon as I am sworn in to the Maryland Bar I will be licensed to practice in the three DC area jurisdictions: …

Rising Star

I recently learned that  Super Lawyers magazine had put me on its 2013 list of Virginia attorneys who the magazine has identified as "Rising Stars."  Not much to say about that, except that I am obviously pleased to receive that designation.