David Kaplan

San Diego

Tel: +1 (858) 720-3193
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Mr. Kaplan practices in the firm’s California office and has over fifteen years of experience in the field of securities and shareholder litigation.  He has helped investors achieve hundreds of millions of dollars in recoveries in federal and state courts nationwide.  He currently represents lead plaintiffs in numerous high-profile class action lawsuits, including In re Qualcomm Inc. Securities Litigation pending in the Southern District of California, and In re Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Senior Preferred Stock Purchase Agreement Class Action Litigations pending in the District of Columbia, each of which involves billions of dollars in damages

Mr. Kaplan’s practice focuses on advising institutional investors on whether to remain passive participants in securities class actions, or to pursue larger recoveries through strategic “opt-out” actions.  He currently represents prominent institutional investors in opt-out cases pending in federal courts nationwide, including in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Texas, and has also successfully represented institutional investors in opt-out actions in California state and federal courts. 

Mr. Kaplan also has extensive experience advising the firm’s institutional clients on securities claims outside the United States.  His work in this area includes shareholder group actions and collective settlements in Canada, Australia, England, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, Taiwan, Israel, Brazil and Russia. 

Mr. Kaplan is an editor of the American Bar Association’s Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee’s Newsletter.  He has authored multiple articles relating to class actions and the federal securities laws, which have been published in The National Law Journal, the Daily Journal, Law360, Pensions & Investments, and The NAPPA Report, among other publications.  For his achievements, Mr. Kaplan has repeatedly been selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers. 

Prior to joining BLB&G, Mr. Kaplan was a senior litigation associate at the law firm of Irell & Manella LLP, where he successfully prosecuted and defended claims in a variety of complex litigation matters. 



  • Duke University School of Law, 2003, J.D., High Honors; Duke Law Review; Stanley Starr Scholar
  • Washington & Lee University, 1999, B.A.

Bar Admissions:

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California