Brian J. Kaplan

Brian J. Kaplan, joined the firm in 2016 after spending the previous 28 years defending civil lawsuits and commercial matters. Mr. Kaplan was awarded a Juris Doctorate degree at Chicago-Kent College in 1988, following graduating from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Mr. Kaplan is admitted to practice in the State of Illinois and the Northern District of Illinois.

Mr. Kaplan’s legal work is concentrated in all phases of trial work. His trial practice emphasizes both civil lawsuits and complex workers’ compensation matters. He has successfully defended employers in numerous arbitration hearings and oral arguments before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, as well as several cases to verdict in Cook, DuPage and Lake County, Illinois.

Mr. Kaplan handles his files with the highest level of attentiveness, empathy and commitment to protecting the best interests of his clients. Clients can rely on him to move cases efficiently with favorable results through zealous advocacy. Mr. Kaplan appreciates that, in order to find the best resolution for his clients, he must cultivate cooperation with opposing counsel while still prioritizing his personal commitment to his clients.

Brian is an avid speaker and has spoken on many topics including ethics in claim handling, Illinois Workers’ Compensation and bad faith claims handling.

Areas of Practice

General Civil Litigation
Commercial, Collections and Corporate Litigation
Professional Liability
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Wrongful Death
Product Liability
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Slip and Fall
Workers’ Compensation

Litigation Percentage
75% of Practice devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions
Illinois 1989
U.S. District Court Northern District, Illinois

Education
Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois
Juris Doctorate – May 1988
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Bachelor of Science 1985

Notable Cases

Successfully handled a complex Workers’ Compensation case involving two herniated discs at two different levels and a recommendation for additional surgery. At trial, petition requested 4-1/2 years TTD and a wage loss award. We argued against causation as well as exaggeration of symptoms. The Arbitrator awarded 1-1/2 years of TTD (already paid) and 10% man as a whole.

Settled a case by mediation involving a slip and fall on community property of a condominium association. Plaintiff argued for punitive damages as well as a settlement of $300,000 based upon “prior” knowledge of any icy condition and a substantial wrist injury. The case settled for $27,500 as it was acknowledged that it had snowed earlier in the day and that falls are not only foreseeable but reasonable.


Publication
“Workers Compensation Jurisdictional Contracts,” wcguru.com

Community Involvement
Park District of Highland Park, Commissioner
2011-2013 – Vice President
2016-present – President

Professional Association and Memberships
Illinois Chamber of Commerce
Illinois Defense Counsel
Illinois Bar Association
National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association
Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association, Ltd.