Manatt Bolsters Litigation Leadership In Orange County As Phillip Kaplan Joins Firm

COSTA MESA, Calif. - Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP has announced that Phillip Kaplan has joined the firm as a litigation partner. Kaplan, formerly a partner with O'Melveny & Myers LLP, bolsters Manatt's national trial practice and the firm's growing Orange County presence.

With 30 years of litigation successes, Kaplan's broad-based trial practice focuses on securities, financial institutions, insurance, complex business litigation and class actions. He represents banks and mutual funds and defends companies in class and derivative actions in connection with federal and state securities cases. Kaplan's corporate litigation practice includes mergers and acquisitions cases, earn-out disputes, suits arising out of restructuring and bankruptcies and disputes over corporate control.

Kaplan identified Manatt's strong commitment to pro bono work as a factor in his decision to join the firm. A longtime leader in the pro bono community, he received the Anti-Defamation League's Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Prize for outstanding commitment to civil rights in 2010.

Kaplan earned a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of Southern California.

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