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. 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 a wide range of global clients in major investigations and litigation, including clients in the coatings, aerospace, performance chemicals, building products, and pharmaceuticals 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 examined fact and expert witnesses at trial.

Jeff has an active pro bono practice and is involved in the community. 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 serves on the Board of Directors for Street Grace, is a Barrister in the Judge Clarence Cooper American Inn of Court, and is a member of the national Executive Committee for the Federalist Society's Litigation Practice Group. He also has served on Law360's Georgia Editorial Advisory Board and the Publications Committee for the Atlanta Bar Association's Litigation Section.


  • Group of LLCs reach settlement after two-week jury trialJones Day represented a group of foreign-owned commercial real estate investment companies against a financial institution in a two-week jury trial in the Northern District of Georgia.
  • Human trafficking survivor obtains vacatur reliefJones Day's Post-Conviction Relief Program obtained vacatur and records restriction of convictions for Client C.
  • 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 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.

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