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Local Litigation Star



Practice area:

Intellectual property
White collar crime

Lee Kaplan has represented plaintiffs and defendants in dozens of trials in both state and federal courts. Mr. Kaplan still relishes the challenge of successfully representing his clients in the courtroom, often against big firms and other elite boutiques. 

Mr. Kaplan’s docket includes contract disputes, trade secrets, patent infringement, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, securities fraud, and class actions. He enjoys mastering complicated transactions or “high-tech” concepts in order to present them concisely to judges and juries. In 2019 he was lead counsel for a dental technology firm upholding patents involving teeth aligners. The case settled on the eve of trial for $51 million. In he secured a $158 million judgment for Vitol against Targa after a 19-day state court bench trial, believed to be the longest Zoom trial to date in Texas. The case arose out of Targa’s failure to reimburse Vitol’s prepayments when Vitol terminated the contract for Targa’s failure to meet Startup of a splitter facility. His list of victories also includes winning a two-week federal jury trial alleging theft of trade secrets from a high frequency trading firm, obtaining a $12.2 million verdict (affirmed on appeal) in addition to four stipulated pre-trial judgments of $28.5 million with four other defendants. 

As a result of his experience and reputation, he has been selected to hear numerous arbitrations, whether as sole arbitrator, chair, or panel member. In 2014 he served as an arbitrator in a four-week hearing of a $100 million-plus construction dispute, and in 2015 he served as an arbitrator in an international arbitration involving the failure of a joint venture in the petrochemical industry. In both arbitrations and other proceedings he was appointed by counsel he had previously opposed. 

Mr. Kaplan also handles appeals. He successfully sustained a Texas summary judgment dismissing claims in a case seeking $400 million for purported design problems in a catalytic cracking unit. He also successfully defended in Alaska federal court and the Ninth Circuit a summary judgment dismissing a $100 million lawsuit between two Fortune 100 energy companies over an AMI agreement covering oil and gas leases. 

Mr. Kaplan has also conducted special investigations for boards of directors and special committees. He represented an executive who cooperated with the US Government in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation that led to disgorgement and fines by others in excess of $1.6 billion. 


Updated Oct 2021