Matthew D. Kaplan

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Portland, OR

Kaplan Law, LLC
 | 50 SW Pine Street, Suite 302
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: 503-226-3844
Fax: 503-943-6670
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2010
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Civil Rights (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Matthew D. Kaplan is an attorney and the founder of Kaplan Law, LLC, in Portland, Oregon. Serving clients throughout the Northwest in Oregon and Washington. The majority of his cases are in the Portland area and they all involve personal injury matters, Mr. Kaplan has experience with cases involving civil rights violations, amputations, auto accidents, semi-truck crashes, bicycle accidents, brain injuries, burn injuries, industrial accidents, injuries to children, medical malpractice and patient safety, motorcycle accidents, severe and catastrophic injuries, spinal cord injuries, trucking collisions, wrongful death claims and more.

    Since opening his practice in 2003, Mr. Kaplan has represented clients who have been the victims of a personal injury. His work has resulted in substantial results on behalf of his clients. Before founding his firm, he clerked for a judge and worked for the Southern Oregon Public Defenders, Inc. as well as a private Portland-based firm.

    Mr. Kaplan’s accomplishments have earned him the rating of AV Preeminent* by Martindale-Hubbell. This is the highest possible rating from the organization.  

    Actively involved in his legal community, Mr. Kaplan is a member of the Oregon State Bar, the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, the Washington State Bar Association and the American Association for Justice. He is also actively involved with the nonprofit organization Safe Kids Oregon.

    After graduating cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Mr. Kaplan earned his law degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. He has been admitted to practice law since 1998 and is licensed to practice in all Oregon and Washington state courts as well as before the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.  

    *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
    • 60%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 20%Civil Rights
    • 10%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    • 10%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Defects, Products Liability, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 10 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 1 years

    Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2010

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    About Matthew Kaplan

    Admitted: 1998, Oregon

    Professional Webpage:


    • Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2010
    • Oregon Super Lawyer, Super Lawyer Magazine, 2012 - 2021, Oregon Super Lawyer, Oregon Super Lawyer Magazine
    • AV Peer Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2020

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Oregon State Bar: Washington State Bar: US District Court Of Oregon

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • American Association For Justice, Member
    • Oregon State Bar
    • U.S. District Court Of Oregon
    • Washington State Bar
    • Washington State Bar Association, Member
    • Oregon State Bar Association, Member
    • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, Member


    • Jed Hawk Myers VS Yamhill County.  The case settled for $5,000,000.00  This was a civil rights claim where Yamhill County was deliberately indifferent to Mr. Myers's medical needs resulting in a wrongful death., 2017
    • Holly Jean Casey v. Multnomah County  Settled for $905,000.00, 2010

    Educational Background:

    • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Cum Laude, 1993

    Industry Groups

    • American Association For Justice
    • Oregon Bar Association
    • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
    • United States District Court Of Oregon
    • Washington Bar Association


    • “Matt is an innovative and capable attorney who is ready to advance the cause of his clients in an ethical, civil yet aggressive fashion.”

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

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    Office Location for Matthew D. Kaplan

    50 SW Pine Street
    Suite 302
    Portland, OR 97204

    Phone: 503-226-3844

    Fax: 503-943-6670

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    Last Updated: 2/2/2021

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