Frank M. Kaplan

Frank Kaplan has been litigating in state and federal courts for more than 39 years handling class action, securities, unfair competition, partnership, professional liability, insurance coverage and complex litigation. He has represented a number of public and private companies and their directors and officers in securities class action litigation, including Mattel, Hilton Hotels and Wilshire Associates. He has also represented Tishman Speyer, Washington Mutual, Salomon Brothers and Goldman Sachs in securities-related litigation.

He has successfully represented various insurers, including Chartis and CNA, in a variety of complex coverage disputes, including disputes arising out of claims for environmental contamination, disparagement of a competitor's product, patent infringement, violation of false claims act statutes, construction defects and violation of constitutional rights. He has also successfully represented the California Insurance Commissioner in a lawsuit brought by Anthem regarding approval of its merger with Blue Cross.

In 2003 he argued in the U.S. Supreme Court a case he had won in the Ninth Circuit, representing the state of California over legislation requiring insurance companies doing business in the state to disclose information about policies issued during the years of the European Holocaust.

Clients have described Frank as extraordinarily adept, very professional, and efficient in his handling of complex cases.

In 2002 California Gov. Gray Davis appointed Frank to the California Law Revision Commission. He was reappointed by Gov. Schwarzenegger in 2006 and served as a commissioner until 2009. He served as chairman of that commission in 2003.

Frank has lectured on securities litigation, class action defense, and federal and state procedure. He teaches a course on securities fraud at the University of Southern California School of Law. He has served as an arbitrator for the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Los Angeles Superior Court, where he also was appointed as a judge pro tem.

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Areas of Practice 1) Class Actions, 2) Commercial Litigation, 3) Environmental, 4) Land Use and Natural Resources, 5) Financial Institutions Regulatory, 6) Enforcement and Litigation, 7) Insurance, 8) Insurance Litigation, 9) Securities Litigation and 10) Trial Practice
Law School University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1971
Education University of Cincinnati, B.A., 1968
Bar Member / Association California State Bar Association
Most recent firm Bingham McCutchen LLP
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