Jonathon Kaplan

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Jonathon Kaplan

Employment & Civil Rights Lawyer


(1) 213-553-4550

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Jonathon Kaplan is one of the state’s top trial lawyers, having tried dozens of significant jury and non-jury cases involving employment claims, wage and overtime matters, discrimination, harassment, hostile work environment, FEHA, Equal Pay Act, personal injury, product liability, highway accidents, consumer warranty, franchising, fraud claims, and business disputes. He has obtained an overwhelming number of highly successful verdicts for his clients. Jon has served as appellate counsel on many cases, resulting in published California opinions and establishing law in his areas of practice. Based on his winning track record, opposing lawyers know Kaplan Weiss LLP is ready, willing and able to go to trial in order to obtain the absolute best results for our clients.

Jon started his legal career with the prominent Los Angeles law firm of Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith LLP in 1990. There, he quickly distinguished himself, rising to the level of equity partner in that firm. In 2002, he founded Kaplan Lee LLP.

Jon personally maintains an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the preeminent peer review rating for attorneys’ legal skills and ethics.  In recognition of his professional accomplishments, Jon was named one of the State’s top 20 lawyers under the age of 40 by California’s leading legal newspaper, The Daily Journal. He has also been consistently named one of Southern California’s “Super Lawyers,” an honor bestowed upon a select group of elite lawyers who have achieved the highest degree of peer recognition and achievement.

Jon is a frequent speaker and lecturer on wide variety of legal subjects. He has lectured in forensic psychiatry for a fellowship program of Los Angeles’ top medical school.  He serves as a court-appointed arbitrator and mediator of the California courts.

Jon is committed to his community and has devoted countless hours to civic and charitable causes. He has sat on the boards of many prominent civic and charitable organizations, as well as steering committees for national political candidates.


Bar Admission

State Bar of California, 1990

U.S. District Court, all districts of California, 1990

District of Columbia Bar, 1990


LL.M., Duke University of Law School, 1990

J.D, Duke University Law School, 1990

B.A., Emory University, 1987

Proffesional Activities

Volunteer Mediator, Arbitrator and Judge Pro Tem, Los Angeles County Superior Court

Mediator and Arbitrator, Alternative Resolution Centers

Representative Civic and Charitable Organizations

Board of Directors, Aids Healthcare Foundation

Future Forum, Board of Visitors, Duke University Law School

Board of Governors, Emory University

Board Member and Vice President, Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council