Robert J. Kaplan mediates throughout California
and is asked to mediate major cases
across the United States  

Types of cases mediated include:


  • Business: Wage and Hour, Consumer Legal Remedy, Song-Beverly and other business-related Class Actions; Prevailing Wage; Trade Secrets; Partnership Dissolution; individual employment and business disputes of all kinds


  • Insurance: Insurance/Annuity-related Class Actions; Life, Health & Disability; Commercial/Comprehensive General Liability; Directors & Officers; Inter-insurance Company disputes; Environmental/Toxic Tort coverage disputes; injury, death and other tort cases with underlying insurance coverage disputes 


  • Personal Injuryserious Injuries; Wrongful Death; Section 1983 claims; Products Liability


  • Mass Tort cases  


  • Professional Liability: Legal Malpractice; Insurance and Real Estate Agents/Brokers Errors and Omissions


  • Real Property related: Housing Discrimination; Habitability; Mobile Home Park cases; Inverse Condemnation; large fire losses 


  • Emotionally Charged Disputes: cases of all sizes and kinds involving a unique or challenging personality issue or volatile emotional component 


Legal Experience & Education


  • Harvard Law School Negotiation Insight Initiative 4-day 'Beyond Yes' course (2007)

  • Pepperdine Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution 6-day "Mediating the Litigated Case"  (2003)

  • Law Offices of Robert J. Kaplan (1991-1999)

  • Partner, Law Firm of Churchill, Kaplan & Roberts (1985-1991)

  • Associate, Law Offices of Gordon S. Churchill (1983-1985)

  • Associate, Law Firm of Cotkin, Collins, Kolts & Franscell (1981-1983)

  • University of San Diego School of Law (1981)

  • The Evergreen State College (1978) 


Professional Affiliations


  • Distinguished Fellow, International Academy of Mediators (2008 - present)

  • Board of Directors, San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program  (2003 - 2006)

  • Master, Inns of Court: William B. Enright Chapter; San Diego, CA (2003-present)





  • Honored by the Los Angeles Daily Journal to be on its annual list of 'The Top 40 Neutrals' in the state of California - - every year the legal community has

       participated in selecting the "Top Neutrals in California " since 2007

  • Los Angeles Daily Journal 6/15/07 Profile on Mediator Robert J. Kaplan    

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  • "Living a Dream - - One Attorney's Big Adventure" (San Diego Lawyer   Magazine, January 2005)  To open PDF copy of this article - -