Steven J. Kaplan

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Top Rated Employment & Labor 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
Fax: 424-652-2221
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (30%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (70%)
    Attorney Profile

    Steven Kaplan is an experienced labor and employment law attorney with over 40 years of experience. His career began in 1978 when he went to work for the National Labor Relations Board. 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 emphasizes representation of employees, trade unions, and occasionally employers, in all aspects of labor and employment law, including wrongful termination, discrimination, whistleblowing, harassment, collective bargaining and union grievances.

     

    Mr. Kaplan also serves as an arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association’s employment law panel, and since 2018 has been a Lecturer in Law at the UCLA School of Law. He also acts as a volunteer mediator for the Los Angeles Superior Court Civil Referee Assisted Settlement Hearing Program.

     

    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. Mr. Kaplan is an occasional contributor to a variety of legal publications and is a frequent speaker on labor and employment law topics at legal seminars.

     

    Mr. Kaplan is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Committee and the California Employment Lawyers Association. In addition to his legal work and professional associations, he has served on the Board of non-profit organizations, including Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, the Progressive Jewish Alliance (where he served as President), and he co-chaired the Los Angeles Jewish Commission on Sweatshops.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 30%Employment & Labor: Employee
    • 70%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff

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    Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2021

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    About Steven Kaplan

    Admitted: 1978, California

    Professional Webpage: http://sjkaplanlaw.com/

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
    • American Arbitration Association, Member, Employment Law Panel
    • Past Chair, Executive Committee, Labor & Employment Law Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2004 - 2005
    • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
    • Member, California Employment Lawyers Association
    • Member, National Employment Lawyers Association
    • Member, American Constitution Society

    Pro bono/Community Service:

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

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Book review., Industrial Dystopia - Richard Vigilante, Strike; The Daily News War and the Future of American Labor, 9 California Labor & Employment Law Quarterly 13, 1995
    • 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
    • Article on recent court decision., Under Suspicion, Los Angeles Lawyer, 1989
    • Article on recent NLRB decision., NLRB Ruling is a Market Correction, Not a Market Crash , Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2015
    • Article on recent court decision., “Closer Look at Discrimination Ruling Raises Some Concerns” , Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2016
    • Article on recent court decision., “Racism Allowed on Movie Sets?” , Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2017
    • 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
    • Injunctions, Chapter 39, California Civil Procedure Before Trial, Continuing Education of the Bar, 1990
    • Foley v. Interactive Data Corporation and Its Aftermath, Los Angeles Industrial Relations Research Association, Los Angeles, California, February 21, 1989
    • John Deklewa & Sons: The Great Leap Backward, 6 California Labor & Employment Law Quarterly 9, 1987
    • 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
    • Statutory Protection Against Wrongful Termination, The Employee Termination Handbook, Wiley Interscience, 1986
    • The Protection of Employee Privacy, The Employee Termination Handbook, Wiley Interscience, 1986
    • Foley v. Interactive Data Corporation and the California Supreme Court, State Bar of California, Annual Convention, Monterey, California, September 23, 1988
    • Injunctions, Continuing Education of the Bar, 1985
    • 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
    • Wait, Wait! Don't Rule Against Me!, 31 Annual Labor & Employment Law Symposium, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Los Angeles, California, March 31, 2011
    • 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
    • Releases and Res Judicata in Class Action Litigation, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Los Angeles, California, June 30, 2010
    • Update on the Law of Sex Harassment, California State Bar Education Institute, Monterey, California, June 3, 1995
    • Employment Litigation Training Skills Program: Avoiding / Exploiting Pleading Pitfalls, American Bar Association, Dana Point, California, April 1, 2008
    • Practical Aspects of Arbitration for Non-Represented Employees, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Los Angeles, California, February 17, 1994
    • Anatomy of the Plaintiff's Employment Lawsuit, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Los Angeles, California, February 9, 2008
    • Best Practices for Symphonic Negotiations, 2012 Annual Conference, International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM), Chicago, Illinois, August 24, 2012
    • 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
    • Releases and Res Judicata in Class Action Litigation, Advanced Class Action Seminar, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Los Angeles, California, June 15, 2013
    • 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
    • The NLRB - Current Issues for Union and Non-Union Workplaces, Speaker Program, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Beverly Hills, California, July 30, 2013
    • Current Issues in Symphonic Negotiations, Western Conference of Locals, American Federation of Musicians, Universal City, California, February 22, 2014
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Concerted Activities: For Whom the Whistle Blows, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Los Angeles, California, May 19, 1998
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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

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

    Educational Background:

    • 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
    • University of California, Berkeley, B.A. in History, With Great Distinction in General Scholarship, Phi Beta Kappa, 1974
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    1880 Centry Park East
    Suite 614
    Los Angeles, CA 90067

    Phone: 310-312-1500

    Fax: 424-652-2221

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