For two decades Matthew B. Kaplan, the founder and principal of The Kaplan Law Firm, has litigated cases on behalf of his clients in courts around the country. Mr. Kaplan’s practice focuses on civil litigation and civil and criminal appeals.
Prior to establishing The Kaplan Law Firm Mr. Kaplan was an attorney with Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, where he recovered millions of dollars for investors who incurred substantial losses as the result of fraud and other violations of the federal securities laws. Among the cases that Mr. Kaplan successfully litigated are In re Buca Inc. Securities Litigation, In re C.P. Ships Securities Litigation, In re Dura Pharmaceuticals Securities Litigation, and In re ProQuest Securities Litigation. Mr. Kaplan also represented the plaintiffs in In re LDK Solar Securities Litigation, a case in which, despite jurisdictional and practical obstacles created by the defendants’ location in China, the plaintiffs recovered $16 million.
Mr. Kaplan began his legal career at White & Case LLP, where he represented corporate and individual defendants in civil litigation. Mr. Kaplan has also represented, on a pro bono basis, several inmates incarcerated at the U.S. Naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in proceedings before U.S. Courts.
Mr. Kaplan is a graduate with honors of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He received his law degree from The George Washington University Law School with highest honors and is a member of the Order of the Coif.
Prior to becoming an attorney Mr. Kaplan was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. He was stationed in Venezuela as a consular officer, in Colombia and Nicaragua as a political officer and in the Bahamas as Director of the American Embassy’s Narcotics Affairs Section. Mr. Kaplan also served as the State Department’s Venezuela Desk Officer and as an analyst in the Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Before joining the Foreign Service Mr. Kaplan was an analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency.
Mr. Kaplan is fluent in Spanish.
Mr. Kaplan was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 2003, to the District of Columbia Bar in 2004 and to the Maryland Bar in 2013. In addition, he is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth, Ninth and District of Columbia Circuits, the United States District Courts for the District of Columbia, the District of Maryland and the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, and the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Virginia Employment Lawyers Association and a member of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA), of the Bar Association for the District of Columbia, and of the Criminal Justice Act Appellate Panels for the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (the District of Columbia’s highest “state” court) and for the District of Columbia Circuit and Fourth Circuit federal courts of appeals.
In 2013 Super Lawyers magazine recognized Mr. Kaplan’s accomplishments as an attorney by naming him to its 2013 list of Virginia Rising Stars. In 2014 Super Lawyers further honored Mr. Kaplan by adding him to its list of Washington, D.C. Rising Stars. Mr. Kaplan is the immediate past President (2022-23) of the Virginia Employment Lawyers Association (VELA), Virginia’s principal association of employment attorneys who represent employees.