Brad Kaplan focuses his practice on complex commercial and business litigation matters, including products liability litigation, real estate litigation, chemical and toxic exposure cases, and business tort actions.
Originally licensed in multiple states as an Emergency Medical Technician, Mr. Kaplan has an extensive background defending personal injury and chemical exposure actions filed against manufacturers and suppliers, arising both out of premises liability and product manufacturing claims. He has litigated issues of cancer and disease causation, genetics, industrial hygiene practice, and epidemiological and toxicological analysis. He has defended a wide range of toxic exposure cases, including tobacco, asbestos, chemical reagents, cutting oils, herbal/natural products, industrial solvents, and “sick building syndrome.”
Mr. Kaplan also represents plaintiffs and defendants in commercial actions including unfair trade practices, deceptive advertising, interference with business relationships, and breach of contract/lease claims in a variety of industries. His strength lies in his ability to evaluate a case and place it into a procedural posture giving his client a tactical advantage toward settlement or trial.
Mr. Kaplan also serves as a mediator, arbitrator, and discovery referee having completed Pepperdine University’s “STAR: A Systematic Approach to Mediation Strategies” program.
Mr. Kaplan has been AV rated by Martindale Hubbell since 2001.
United States District Court for the Northern District of California, 1990
United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, 1996
United Stated District Court for the Southern District of California, 2004
United States District Court for the Central District of California, 2004
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1990
J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1990
B.A., University of Rhode Island, 1987
Associations & Memberships
Association of Business Trial Lawyers
Defense Research Institute
Mr. Kaplan holds the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade with the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps, a national youth group with the goal of teaching kids and young adults about honor, discipline, leadership and camaraderie in a maritime (Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard) environment. He is the Executive Officer for the PYRO Division of the Sea Cadets based out of the United States Coast Guard Training Center in Petaluma, California.
Mr. Kaplan is a frequent presenter on various topics including the importance of diversity in complex problem solving, deposition skills, and procedural tactics in complex litigation.