James Kaplan


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With substantial trial experience spanning almost three decades, Jim has handled litigation in State and Federal courts throughout the country, including trials, class actions, multi-district litigation and appeals. He has also represented the firm’s broker and broker-dealer clients in numerous securities arbitrations and investigations administered and/or conducted by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (formerly the NASD and the N.Y. Stock Exchange) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Jim has been lead counsel in nearly one hundred jury trials and arbitrations, which have been resolved by verdict or award. Jim’s practice primarily focuses on complex commercial, construction and business litigation and arbitrations involving professional liability claims against certified public accountants, attorneys, design professionals, actuaries and insurance brokers, insurance coverage analysis and litigation (including bad faith claims), securities arbitrations and litigation, construction defect litigation and employment matters. In addition to providing the best possible representation when litigation arises, Jim is committed to assist firm clients in adapting their business practices and procedures consistent with changing laws and administrative agency directives in order to avoid future disputes. To that end, Jim has conducted numerous seminars for clients and their employees and has served as a lecturer before both the American and New York Institutes of Certified Public Accountants. Jim has been awarded an “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell in both Florida and New York.


  • Hofstra University, B.A.
  • New York Law School, J.D., 1978


  • The Florida Bar
  • New York State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Middle Districts of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second, Third and Eleventh Districts

Professional Memberships:

  • American Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
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