Jeff Kaplan litigates high-stakes cases from their inception through appeal. He represents clients in state and federal courts throughout the country, and his experience includes disputes related to breach of contract, product liability, and the False Claims Act. Drawing on his trial experience in federal court, Jeff develops and executes complex case strategy, including across jurisdictions and with joint defense groups. He also has worked on cases at every appellate level, including multiple U.S. circuit courts of appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Jeff has represented and counseled a wide range of global clients in major investigations and litigation, including clients in the coatings, aerospace, industrial chemicals, building products, and pharmaceutical industries. He has managed critical factual development and discovery efforts, briefed and argued motions, taken and defended fact and expert witness depositions, worked with fact and expert witnesses to prepare testimony, mediated cases, and served as a key member of a trial team.
Jeff has an active pro bono practice. He is part of the Firm's initiative to provide post-conviction relief to survivors of human trafficking. He has handled pro bono matters before an immigration judge and the Board of Immigration Appeals, including as part of the Firm's Border Project. He is a Barrister in the Judge Clarence Cooper American Inn of Court and a member of the national Executive Committee for the Federalist Society's Litigation Practice Group.
The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.
Obtained a favorable decision for a coal company debtor in a Sixth Circuit appeal challenging the bankruptcy court’s jurisdiction.
Obtained a favorable decision for a national bank in a Third Circuit appeal involving issues of federal statutory interpretation and Pennsylvania state law.
- December 20, 2019
Civil Trial From Start to Finish, National Business Institute
- University of Kentucky (J.D. summa cum laude 2015; Order of the Coif; Special Features Editor, Kentucky Law Journal; Moot Court Board); Centre College (B.A. in Philosophy 2012)
- Georgia; Kentucky; U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Georgia, Eastern District of Kentucky, and Eastern District of Wisconsin; and U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third and Sixth Circuits
"Rising Star" in Business Litigation, Georgia Super Lawyers (2021-2022) and Kentucky Super Lawyers (2019)
- Law Clerk to Judge John M. Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit (2015-2016)