Matthew D. Kaplan
Matthew D. Kaplan graduated Cum Laude while earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in May, 1993. Mr. Kaplan graduated from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California in December of 1996.
Mr. Kaplan began his legal career as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Judge Sidney Galton. While working at the Multnomah County Courthouse he observed a multitude of trials and developed valuable relationships with judges, court staff, and other attorneys. In 1998, Mr. Kaplan took his first job as a Trial Attorney working at the Southern Oregon Public Defenders. After working a year and a half in Medford, Oregon, Mr. Kaplan returned to Portland to work as an Associate Trial Attorney for Squires & Lopez where he represented thousands defendants charged in all level of criminal cases, ranging from traffic violations to the most serious felonies. He also developed a civil practice representing victims of automobile accidents.
In January, 2003 Matthew D. Kaplan decided it was time to open his own practice focusing on representing victims that have been injured as a result of another's negligent actions. By starting his own practice Mr. Kaplan is able to provide clients with the personal attention needed to get them through difficult situations, combined with intelligent aggressive representation. Since 2003 Mr. Kaplan has successfully represented hundreds of injury victims and their families. He has taken on a fortune 500 company for their horrifically unsafe work conditions that lead to a wrongful death in an industrial accident; held bars and taverns accountable for serving visibly intoxicated customers that injured or killed innocent people while driving. Mr. Kaplan has stood up for our most vulnerable members of society by protecting children, disabled adults, and the elderly against municipalities, nursing homes, youth camps, and care facilities that have violated the public's trust.
Matthew D. Kaplan is a member of the American Association For Justice, Oregon State Bar Association, the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, and the Washington State Bar Association. He also volunteers his time on the Advisory Board for Safe Kids Oregon. Safe Kids Oregon is a nonprofit organization dedicated to prevention of unintentional injuries to children. In 2010 Mr. Kaplan was recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine. In 2012-2015, the same publication recognized Mr. Kaplan as an Oregon Super Lawyer for the category of plaintiffs personal injury attorneys. In 2013, Mr. Kaplan was granted the highest peer rating of AV by Martindale Hubbell.
Matthew D. Kaplan lives in Southwest Portland. He is the father of two rambunctious boys. He is a 2nd degree black belt in TaeKwon-Do, aspiring triathlete, mountaineer, and is an avid reader of historical fiction and nonfiction books.