Rising Stars: Justin B. Kaplan
This year Justin B. Kaplan, 34, opened his own law firm, Kaplan Young & Moll Parron.
Lawyers at his old firm, where he made partner with uncommon speed, admire him so much they nominated him for the Daily Business Review’s Rising Stars.
Though he moved offices from Biscayne to Brickell, they intend to continue the professional relationship. After Kaplan left Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, his former partners asked him to stay on as co-counsel for a complex matter where the damages exceed $100 million.
“We have no doubt that Justin’s new firm will grow to become one of the more reputable law firms in South Florida,” in keeping with his individual reputation, the Kluger firm wrote in his nomination letter.
Soon after arriving in 2008 at what was then called Kluger, Peretz, Kaplan and Berlin, the firm felt comfortable enough with Kaplan’s skills to let him handle first-chair duties in complex business litigation.
“He exhibits himself with clients and in the courtroom as if he were a much more seasoned attorney,” the firm wrote. Judges would approach his supervisors and offer unsolicited praise for his legal proficiency and integrity. Judges came to know Kaplan outside the courtroom, too. He has for years lectured for Legal Up!, a program led by U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro. The program showcases local attorneys, judges and law students to provide civic and life skills education to underprivileged juveniles and young adults in Miami-Dade County. Kaplan also mentors future litigators on his own.
Kaplan has shown himself to be a formidable fundraiser. In the past year he co-hosted fundraisers for the Miami-Dade Courthouse rebuilding referendum and for judicial-election campaigns. And he raised more than $15,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.