David S. Kaplan

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Louisville, KY

Kaplan Johnson Abate & Bird LLP
 | 710 West Main Street, 4th Floor
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: 502-509-6962
Fax: 502-540-8282
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1997
Education: Harvard Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation


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Attorney Profile

A partner at Kaplan Johnson Abate and Bird LLP, David S. Kaplan focuses his practice on complex business litigation from the firm's office in Louisville, Kentucky. Providing representation to businesses and individuals throughout the state, he has handled a variety of matters both in the courtroom and in arbitration proceedings. Some of the representative cases that Mr. Kaplan has been involved in have included breach of contracts and of fiduciary duties, trade secret disputes, indemnity, fraud and conversion, shareholder rights, corporate governance and lender liability.

Mr. Kaplan's successful track record and superb ethics have earned him a Distinguished* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, and he has also been named to Louisville Business First's annual 40 Under 40 list. Admitted to practice in Kentucky, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

Mr. Kaplan attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as an undergraduate, majoring in public policy and philosophy, and receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 1993. He then enrolled at Harvard University, and in 1997 he obtained both a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and his Juris Doctor magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. After graduation, Mr. Kaplan clerked for one year for a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky and then served as an assistant attorney general with the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General before entering private practice. His public service also includes his being the chief of staff for the then-speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives. Mr. Kaplan is a past chair and current member of the board of trustees of the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
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Business Litigation (100%)


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Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2020

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About David Kaplan

Admitted: 1997, Kentucky

Professional Webpage: https://kaplanjohnsonlaw.com/attorneys/david-kaplan/


  • Kentucky Super Lawyer, 2010-2016
  • Business First Top 40 Under Forty, 1998
  • Harry S. Truman Scholarship, 1992
  • Louisville's Top Forty Under 40, 1998

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Kentucky Bar Foundation -- Life Fellow

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • KentuckyOne Health, Ex-Officio Member, Board of Directors, 2016-2017
  • Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence -- Chair of Board of Trustees 
  • Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence, Chair of Grants Committee.

Representative Clients:

  • J.J.B. Hilliard, W.L. Lyons, Comdata, Inc.

Educational Background:

  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, BA, Public Policy & Philosophy, 1993
  • Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Masters in Public Policy/Administration, 1997
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  • “Superlative attorney in nearly every category”
  • “David is a gifted attorney who has balanced his career with stints as a federal law clerk, the attorney general's office, private practice for 7 years with Frost Brown Todd, a stint in political circles, and now with a smaller firm and a new office that he is opening. He is an up and comer.”
  • “One of the top 5 legal minds with whom I've worked. Impeccable advocacy skills, but practices with humility and civility.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for David S. Kaplan

710 West Main Street
4th Floor
Louisville, KY 40202

Phone: 502-509-6962

Fax: 502-540-8282

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Last Updated: 7/22/2019

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