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Attorney Philip J. Kaplan

Practice Areas

  • General Business Litigation
  • Tort Litigation


Philip is a trial attorney, who started his legal career in New Orleans and then relocated to Los Angeles, California. In California, Philip focused on general business litigation, as well as tort litigation. Because of his musical background, he was drawn to the entertainment field, in which he has litigated copyright and trademark issues on behalf of artists and writers. For the past decade, Phil has also devoted considerable time representing Plaintiffs in Civil Rights' suits. These cases, many of which have been filed in Louisiana, involve such claims as false arrest/excessive force (under the Fourth Amendment), free speech retaliation claims (under the First Amendment), cruel and unusual punishment claims (under the Eighth Amendment), as well as Equal Protection claims against the government.


  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • J.D. - 1984
  • Crasenose College, Oxford University, Oxford
    • Graduate - 1978
  • Washington & Lee University
    • B.A. - 1978
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1984
  • California, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit