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Described by clients and peers as a “forceful advocate” and “extremely smart,” who provides “top-notch legal advice and good trial strategy,” Alex Kaplan is a leading commercial trial and appellate lawyer. Kaplan excels at presenting complex matters in clear terms that resonate with judges, juries, and arbitrators. His writing has been featured in leading books on effective advocacy. 

Kaplan represents clients in their most complex and high-value disputes in courts across the US and domestic and international arbitrations. He has secured wins in a wide range of antitrust, energy, financial, technology, and M&A related disputes. He also advises clients on internal and external investigation matters. 

Kaplan has an impressive record of success, recovering more than $1.5 billion in settlements or judgments for plaintiff-side clients, and defeating exposures for multiples of that figure for defense-side clients. Kaplan’s past engagements include: 

  • Securing a complete defense-side victory for Vitol, the energy and commodities firm, in federal court in San Juan, Puerto, Rico against claims for $3.89 billion by the Puerto Rico public utility and recovering $41 million on Vitol’s counterclaim. 
  • Securing more than $300 million – one of the largest shareholder oppression recoveries in the US – for minority shareholders in Promega Corp. after a month-long trial in Madison, Wisconsin, on claims related to control, governance, liquidity, and valuation 
  • Winning $19.4 million final award (100% of damages sought, plus interest) for Eni Petroleum in arbitration over cost allocation among partners for offshore energy oil exploration and productive activities 
  • Winning defense verdict, after a four-week jury trial, in $40 million dispute over ownership of Water Exploration Co. and later secured unanimous decision in the Texas Supreme Court reinstating the jury’s verdict after the trial court granted the plaintiffs a new trial; plaintiffs recovered nothing and paid Kaplan’s client’s costs 
  • Winning a landmark $5 million jury verdict against the City of Houston in a wrongful conviction case for George Rodriguez, who spent 17 years in prison for crimes he did not commit. Reported by the Columbia Law Review as the first finding of municipal liability for constitutional violations attributable to forensic misconduct. 
  • Winning a complete dismissal for Vitol of $10 billion antitrust case in federal court in Miami by a litigation trust, represented by David Boies, asserting claims on behalf of the Venezuelan national oil company. Susman Godfrey was tapped to take the lead in briefing and arguing the motion to dismiss for the multi-party joint defense group, and Kaplan led the firm’s work on this matter. Dismissal affirmed by U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. 


Updated Sep 2022