Jeff Kaplan

Hon. Jeff Kaplan (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator, Special Master

Case Manager
Judy Stephenson
T: 214-891-4523
F: 214-720-6010
8401 N. Central Expressway, Suite 610, Dallas, TX 75225


During his 18 years as a federal magistrate judge for the Northern District of Texas, Hon. Jeff Kaplan (Ret.) earned high praise from the bench and bar for his ability to manage complicated intellectual property cases involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.

In addition to presiding over jury and non-jury trials and handling claim construction in Markman hearings, summary judgment motions and discovery disputes, Judge Kaplan was a member of the committee responsible for implementing the Pilot Project for Patent Cases in the Northern District of Texas. He is a frequent speaker at legal seminars on issues related to patent litigation.

Judge Kaplan has experience handling intellectual property disputes in several areas of technology, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, product manufacturing, and telecommunications.

Representative Matters

  • Claim construction and summary judgment recommendation in precedent-setting case that clarified standard for proving joint infringement
  • Claim construction in patent case between electronic safe companies
  • Discovery dispute in patent case involving credit card technology used in hotels
  • Discovery dispute in patent case involving e-discovery vendor fees
  • Patent infringement action brought against more than 40 defendants involving base design for blow-moulded plastic containers
  • Patent infringement claim brought against pharmaceutical company involving multifocal intraocular lens device
  • Pretrial management of case involving law firm's unauthorized use of website to investigate alleged patent infringement
  • Pretrial management of patent infringement action brought against telecommunications providers involving fiber optic information transmission system
  • Trademark infringement action between owners of competing adult entertainment clubs
  • Trademark infringement and trade secret matter involving pet supply company
  • Trademark infringement dispute between two large hospitals over use of the name for a pediatric facility
  • Trial of patent and trademark infringement matter involving glyconutritional dietary supplements
  • Trial of patent infringement action brought by national research university involving polymer-free liquid crystal display (LCD) technology
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS. 

  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law (1987-present) and Civil Appellate Law (1993-present) by Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Judge of the Year, Dallas Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates, 2007
  • Consistently received 90% approval rating in Dallas Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Poll
  • Board of Editors, Federal Courts Law Review, 2001-2007
  • Emeritus Member, William "Mac" Taylor Inn of Court (President, 2002-2004)
  • Master, Barbara M.G. Lynn Inn of Court (Intellectual Property)
  • Dallas Bar Association (Board of Directors, 2004)
  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Federal Magistrate Judges Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas, District 6A Grievance Committee, 1993-1994
  • District 6A Nominating Committee, Texas Bar Foundation
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge, Northern District of Texas, 1994-2012
  • Justice, Fifth District Court of Appeals, Dallas, Texas, 1991-1992
  • Attorney, Private Practice, 1982-1991 and 1993-1994
  • Briefing Attorney, Fifth District Court of Appeals, Dallas, Texas, 1981-1982
  • J.D., Southern Methodist University, 1981
  • B.A., cum laude, Vanderbilt University, 1978

Counsel Comments

    • "Judge Kaplan was an excellent mediator. Very intuitive, in full command of the process, and able to politely steer the parties and counsel to a reasonable resolution."



Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Arbitration
  • Business/Commercial
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Action/Mass Torts
  • Employment
  • Federal Judge
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Life Sciences
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Professional Liability
  • Special Master
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