Jeffrey A.Kaplan Jr. (Jeff)


Atlanta + 1.404.581.8325

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.


  • Survivor of human trafficking obtains termination of probationAs part of the Firm's Post-Conviction Relief Initiative for Survivors of Human Trafficking, a Jones Day team consisting of Jeff Kaplan, Jacqueline DeJournett, and Preston Moore obtained an order terminating the probation of a client whose criminal convictions directly resulted from her human-trafficking experience.
  • Cuban national obtains asylum and defeats government appeal before Board of Immigration AppealsOn October 25, 2019, a trial team led by New York Partners Jay Tambe and Lauri Sawyer, and with support from Shachar Gannot, tried the firm’s first Migrant Protection Protocol (“MPP”) case from a tent facility in Laredo, Texas.
  • Sherwin-Williams obtains favorable decision from Seventh Circuit in personal injury casesA Jones Day cross-office, cross-practice team obtained a precedential decision from the Seventh Circuit that directed judgment as a matter of law for The Sherwin-Williams Company following a consolidated trial of three personal injury plaintiffs claiming injury from their exposure to white lead carbonate pigments (WLC).
  • Former CEO defends federal criminal investigation involving allegations of potential violations of Anti-Kickback statuteJones Day is representing a former CEO in a federal criminal investigation involving allegations of potential violations of the Anti-Kickback statute.
  • Foreign investors initiate civil and criminal actions following multimillion embezzlement schemeJones Day represents a group of foreign investors who were victims of a multimillion embezzlement scheme orchestrated by their investment manager.
  • 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.

    Speaking Engagements

    • December 20, 2019
      Civil Trial From Start to Finish, National Business Institute