Professional Biography

John S. Kaplan Partner

  • Seattle

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    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA




John Kaplan, a partner with the firm's Corporate practice, focuses his practice on insolvency and bankruptcy matters as well as commercial litigation and commercial transactions.  John represents commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) special servicers and other secured lenders in various foreclosure, receivership and bankruptcy matters.  He also represents borrowers in out-of-court restructurings, creditor compositions and secured loan transactions. 

Professional Recognition

  • Named the Best Lawyers’ Seattle "Litigation - Bankruptcy, Lawyer of the Year," 2018
  • Listed in Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, "Best Lawyers in Seattle", 2011 
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2011 - Present: Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Ranked by Chambers USA, as “America’s Leading Business Lawyers", 2010 - 2017
  • Listed in Washington Law & Politics, “Rising Stars of Washington Law", 1999 - 2003
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell

    (AV®, BV® and CV® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)

Professional Leadership

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • Washington State Bar Association, Creditor/Debtor Section, Executive Committee Member
  • King County Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section
  • CENTS (Consumer Education and Training Services), President, 2010 - 2012, Fundraising Chair, 2004 - 2010,  Board of Directors, 2000 - present
  • Thomas T. Glover Mediation Panel, Mediator
  • Federal Bar Association


  • Hon. Daniel Moore, Jr., Supreme Court of Alaska, 1993 - 1994





Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Washington


  • Duke University School of Law, J.D.,
    with high honors
    , 1993
  • The University of Pennsylvania, B.S., Economics,
    cum laude
    , 1987