Professional Background and Accomplishments
Mr. Caplan is an experienced attorney who has represented individual, corporate, institutional, and public entity clients in both litigation and transactional matters. He has litigated civil actions in state and federal courts in the areas of corporate and partnership disputes, trade secret and intellectual property disputes, environmental litigation and land use disputes, inverse condemnation claims, public utility law, complex asbestos and other toxic tort litigation, product liability claims, landlord-tenant disputes including habitability and premises liability, complex construction defect litigation, personal injury, employment disputes, ERISA litigation, civil rights claims, and general liability matters. Mr. Caplan has also advocated for clients as counsel of record before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Mr. Caplan is also an accomplished appellate attorney.
Mr. Caplan has had significant success in the use of motion practice to narrow or resolve litigation matters before trial. For example, Mr. Caplan has, through his career, prepared and successfully argued multiple motions for summary judgment and summary adjudication, both at the federal and state level, resulting in the summary dismissal of numerous claims and actions asserted against his clients. Mr. Caplan has also successfully brought several special motions to strike pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure §425.16 (also known as anti-SLAPP motions), vindicating his clients’ rights of petition and free speech under the United States Constitution.
During law school, Mr. Caplan also served in the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office, both as a volunteer law clerk for the Pasadena Branch Hard Core Gang Unit, and as a certified law clerk in the Preliminary Hearing Unit.