Steven J. Kaplan

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Law Offices of Steven J. Kaplan
 | 1880 Centry Park East, Suite 614
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: 310-312-1500
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Employment & Labor (30%)
Attorney Profile

Steven Kaplan is an experienced labor and employment law attorney with over 35 years of experience. His career began in 1978 when he went to work for the National Labor Relations Board. This was the beginning of his long career as an employee advocate. Mr. Kaplan went on to work for several law firms in the Los Angeles area. He then opened his solo practice, the Law Offices of Steven J. Kaplan, in 2009 where he focuses on representing employees and trade unions in all aspects of employment law, including wrongful termination, discrimination, whistleblowing, collective bargaining and union grievances.

Steven Kaplan's success in labor and employment law can be seen in his precedent-setting appeals and the recognition he receives from the legal community, including serving as the Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section from 2004-2005.  In 2010, he was inducted as a Fellow into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.  He is often a guest speaker on labor and employment law topics, acts as a consultant and testifies as an expert witness on employment law matters.

Mr. Kaplan is a member of the American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Committee and its subsection on International Labor and Employment Law, the California State Bar Labor and Employment Law Section, the American Bar Foundation, the Lawyers Coordinating Committee of the AFL-CIO, the National Employment Lawyers Association, the California Employment Lawyers Association the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section, and the American Constitution Society.  

In addition to his legal work and associations, Mr. Kaplan also finds time to write about employment law and to volunteer in the Los Angeles area. His list of civic activities includes sitting on the Board of Directors of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, founding the Progressive Jewish Alliance and serving as its president, and serving as co-chair of the Los Angeles Jewish Commission on Sweatshops. He also acts as a mediator for the Los Angeles Superior Court Civil Referee Assisted Settlement Hearing Program.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment Litigation (70%)

Employment & Labor (30%)

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Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2017

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About Steven Kaplan

Admitted 1978, California

Professional Webpage: http://sjkaplanlaw.com/

Honors and Awards:

  • Recipient, Isaiah Award, Progressive Jewish Alliance, 2007
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employments Lawyers

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Current Member, International Labor and Employment Law Committee, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Constitution Society
  • Member, California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member, National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member, Lawyers Coordinating Committee, AFL-CIO
  • Past Co-Chair, Committee on Union Administration & Procedure, Labor and Employment Law Section, American Bar Association
  • Past Member, Executive Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section, California State Bar
  • Past Chair, Executive Committee, Labor & Employment Law Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2004 - 2005

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board of Directors, Bend the Arc
  • Co-Chair, Los Angeles Jewish Commission on Sweatshops
  • Los Angeles Jewish Community Relations Committee
  • Past President, Pacific Southwest Region, American Jewish Congress
  • Founder & Past President, Progressive Jewish Alliance

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Under Suspicion, Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, June 1998
  • Industrial Dystopia - Richard Vigilante, Strike; The Daily News War and the Future of American Labor, 9 California Labor & Employment Law Quarterly 13, 1995
  • Injunctions, Chapter 39, California Civil Procedure Before Trial, Continuing Education of the Bar, 1990
  • John Deklewa & Sons: The Great Leap Backward, 6 California Labor & Employment Law Quarterly 9, 1987
  • Statutory Protection Against Wrongful Termination, The Employee Termination Handbook, Wiley Interscience, 1986
  • The Protection of Employee Privacy, The Employee Termination Handbook, Wiley Interscience, 1986
  • Injunctions, Continuing Education of the Bar, 1985
  • When the Accuser Becomes to Accused: Harassment, Defamation Claims and California SLAPP Law, 34th Annual Labor & Employment Law Symposium, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Los Angeles, California, February 25, 2014
  • Current Issues in Symphonic Negotiations, Western Conference of Locals, American Federation of Musicians, Universal City, California, February 22, 2014
  • The NLRB - Current Issues for Union and Non-Union Workplaces, Speaker Program, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Beverly Hills, California, July 30, 2013
  • Releases and Res Judicata in Class Action Litigation, Advanced Class Action Seminar, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Los Angeles, California, June 15, 2013
  • Best Practices for Symphonic Negotiations, 2012 Annual Conference, International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM), Chicago, Illinois, August 24, 2012
  • Wait, Wait! Don't Rule Against Me!, 31 Annual Labor & Employment Law Symposium, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Los Angeles, California, March 31, 2011
  • Releases and Res Judicata in Class Action Litigation, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Los Angeles, California, June 30, 2010
  • Employment Litigation Training Skills Program: Avoiding / Exploiting Pleading Pitfalls, American Bar Association, Dana Point, California, April 1, 2008
  • Anatomy of the Plaintiff's Employment Lawsuit, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Los Angeles, California, February 9, 2008
  • Privacy Rights & Confidentiality Concerns, Workplace Harassment and Discrimination, Counseling Multi-National Employees, Prosecuting International Employment Disputes, International Employment Law Symposium, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Los Angeles, California, April 7, 2006
  • Statutory Claims of Unionized Employees: What Forums and Remedies Are Available to Plaintiffs' Lawyers and Unions?, Labor & Employment Law Section Retreat, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Ojai, California, April 1, 2006
  • Get Real: Wage and Hour Claims In the Reality Television Industry, Entertainment Industry Labor & Employment Law Conference, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Universal City, California, December 2, 2005
  • Guest Lecturer, Employment Law for Mediators, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, March 17, 2005
  • Guest Lecturer, Employee and Employer Status Tests, UCLA Employment Law Class (Prof. Gillian Lester), August 26, 2004
  • What You Don't Know About Wage & Hour Law Can Hurt You, 22 Annual Labor Law Conference (Sponsored by Orange County Industrial l Relations Research Association, National Labor Relations Board & Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service), Anaheim, California, July 14, 2004
  • Guest Lecturer, Federal Labor Law Garmon Preemption, Southwestern Law School Labor Law Class (Adj. Prof. M. Wolfram), November 12, 2003
  • Guest Lecturer, Judicial Trends Favoring Mandatory Arbitration of Employment Disputes, UCLA Employment Law Class (Prof. Gillian Lester), September 4, 2003
  • Ethical Issues in Employment Litigation, American Bar Association Regional Institute: Labor & Employment Law, Los Angeles, California, September 26, 2002
  • The Federal Arbitration Act and the Arbitration of Employment Law Disputes, California State Bar, Labor & Employment Law Section, La Costa, Carlsbad, California, October 19, 2001
  • Introduction to Public Sector Employment Law and Employment Discrimination Law, Cornell University PERC Institute on Conflict Resolution (co-sponsored with American Bar Association), Monterey, California, September 10 - 11, 2001
  • Mandatory Arbitration in Non-Union Employment: Enforcement and Opposition Strategies, 19th Annual Labor Law Conference (Sponsored by Orange County Industrial Relations Research Association, National Labor Relations Board & Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service), Anaheim, California, July 19, 2001
  • The California Supreme Court's Armendariz Decision, Association for Conflict Resolution, Los Angeles Chapter (formerly SPIDR-LA), Pasadena, California, May 2001
  • Electronic Surveillance in the Workplace, 17th Annual Labor Law Conference (Sponsored by Orange County Industrial Relations Research Association and National Labor Relations Board), Anaheim, California, July 27, 1999
  • Conducting Employee Investigations After Cotran, Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California The 16th Annual Meeting, Berkeley, California, October 31, 1998
  • Concerted Activities: For Whom the Whistle Blows, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Los Angeles, California, May 19, 1998
  • Behind the Screen Door: Update on the Law of Drug Testing in the Workplace, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Los Angeles, California, September 27, 1997
  • Investigating Employee Misconduct, 15th Annual Labor Law Conference (Sponsored by Orange County Industrial Relations Research Association and National Labor Relations Board), Anaheim, California, July 22, 1997
  • Update on the Law of Sex Harassment, California State Bar Education Institute, Monterey, California, June 3, 1995
  • Practical Aspects of Arbitration for Non-Represented Employees, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Los Angeles, California, February 17, 1994
  • Americans With Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act, Los Angeles County Bar Association Entertainment Industry Labor Law Conference, Universal City, California, November 5, 1993
  • Labor Law Problems for the General, Business and Corporate Practitioner, California State Bar Education Institute, Monterey, California, May 14 - 16, 1993
  • Legal Issues Arising from the 1992-93 Southern California Drywall Workers Strike, National Lawyers Guild 1993 Far Western Regional Conference, San Diego, California, March 27, 1993
  • Labor Relations and the Health Care Crisis, 10th Annual Labor Law Conference (Sponsored by Orange County Industrial Relations Research Association and National Labor Relations Board), Anaheim, California, July 22, 1992
  • Recent Legal Developments Affecting Union Democracy and Internal Union Administration, Orange County Industrial Relations Research Association, Anaheim, California, September 26, 1990
  • Wrongful Discharge Law Update, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Corporate Law Departments, Rancho Santa Fe, California, April 1989
  • Foley v. Interactive Data Corporation and Its Aftermath, Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association, Oxnard, California, February 28, 1989
  • Foley v. Interactive Data Corporation and Its Aftermath, Los Angeles Industrial Relations Research Association, Los Angeles, California, February 21, 1989
  • Update on Unlawful Termination Case Law in California and the Federal Courts, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Labor Law Section, Beverly Hills, California, October 29, 1988
  • Foley v. Interactive Data Corporation and the California Supreme Court, State Bar of California, Annual Convention, Monterey, California, September 23, 1988
  • Federal Preemption of State Wrongful Termination Law, 6th Annual Labor Law Conference (sponsored by Orange County Industrial Relations Research Association and National Labor Relations Board), Anaheim, California, July 13, 1988

Representative Clients:

  • Dall v. Albertson's, Inc., 234 Fed.Appx. 446, 2007 WL 1423727, 181 L.R.R.M. (BNA) 3302, 26 I.E.R. Cases 101, 9th Cir. 2007
  • United Food and Commercial Workers Union v. Food Employers Council, 827 F.2d 519, 9th Cir., 1987
  • Foley v. Interactive Data Corporation, 47 Cal.3d 654, 1988
  • Screen Extras Guild, Inc. v. Superior Court, 51 Cal.3d 1017, 1990
  • Carpenters Southern California Administrative Corp. v. El Capitan Development Co., 53 Cal.3d 1041, 1991 (amicus curiae)
  • Litton v. N.L.R.B., 501 U.S. 190, 111 S.Ct. 2215, 115 L.Ed.2d 177, 1991 (brief only)
  • Davis v. Continental Airlines, 59 Cal.App.4th 205, 1997
  • Loder v. City of Glendale, 14 Cal.4th 846, 1997 (brief only)
  • Avery-Dennison (Graphic Communications Union), 330 NLRB No. 56, 1999
  • Metropolitan Water District v. Superior Court (Cargill), 32 Cal.4th 491, 2004 (amicus curiae)

Educational Background:

  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A. in History, With Great Distinction in General Scholarship, Phi Beta Kappa, 1974
  • Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, J.D., Research and Development Editor, 1977 - 1978, Industrial Relations Law, Law Journal, Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, May 1978
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1880 Centry Park East
Suite 614
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Phone: 310-312-1500

 

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