Matthew D. Kaplan

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Portland, Oregon

Kaplan Law, LLC
Matthew D. Kaplan
Kaplan Law, LLC

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Civil Rights, Products Liability; view more

Licensed in Oregon since: 1998

Education: Loyola Law School Los Angeles

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2010
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Kaplan Law, LLC

50 SW Pine Street
Suite 302
Portland, OR 97204 Visit website


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.

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

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Civil Rights, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

Focus areas

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

  • 60% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 30% Civil Rights
  • 10% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1998, Oregon

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Educational Background:
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Cum Laude, 1993
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2010
  • Oregon Super Lawyer, Super Lawyer Magazine, 2012 - 2022, Oregon Super Lawyer, Oregon Super Lawyer Magazine, 2022
  • AV Peer Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2020
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • 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
  • Brent Cordie vs Yamhill County:  This was an adult in custody that requested mental health treatment and medication.  Despite requests, Mr. Cordie did not receive an evaluation for medication.  After committing self-harm, he was seen by a mental health provider.  Despite his severely increased agitation and anxiety, the provider did not report his condition in a timely manner and Mr. Cordie committed suicide.  This case settled for $750,000.00, 2022
  • Holly Jean Casey v. Multnomah County  Settled for $905,000.00, 2010
Representative Clients:
  • Jennifer McLaren Estate vs NORCOR: A settled case involving medical neglect of an adult in custody for 2,000,000.00, 2021
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Oregon State Bar: Washington State Bar: US District Court Of Oregon, 2022
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Association For Justice, Member, 2022
  • Oregon State Bar, 2022
  • U.S. District Court Of Oregon, 2022
  • Washington State Bar, 2022
  • Oregon State Bar Association, Member, 2022
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2022
Industry Groups:
  • American Association For Justice
  • Oregon Bar Association
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • United States District Court Of Oregon
  • Washington Bar Association

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

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

Office location for Matthew D. Kaplan

50 SW Pine Street
Suite 302
Portland, OR 97204

Phone: 503-226-3844


13 Years Super Lawyers
1 Year Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2010

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