To Mediator Robert J. Kaplan, Esq. (Rob Kaplan)—the bottom line in mediation is closure. As a former litigator (with nearly 20 years in the litigation trenches) Mr. Kaplan believes the benefits of settlement always outweigh the financial, emotional, and other costs of going to trial.
Mr. Kaplan became a full-time mediator in 2003. His meteoric rise to the Daily Journal's Top 40 Neutral list is due to the fact that he is a natural mediator who pours an enormous amount of energy into every case he mediates. Those who have mediated with Mr. Kaplan know he mediates for the love of it.
Some mediators can be taught how to be good mediators. Others innately have the "it" factor. These natural mediators are very quick studies, able to traverse a wide variety of personalities, highly creative, exceedingly persistent, are natural problem solvers, and see and react to things steps ahead of everyone else. Some of these natural mediators ultimately become the premier mediators in their state and throughout the country. With thousands of mediations under his belt, Mr. Kaplan has earned that recognition - and, that is the very reason why he is consistently in such high demand on a wide array of high-stakes, emotional, and other significant cases.
Hobbies & Interests
When he's not mediating, Mr. Kaplan enjoys "adventure travel" with his two young adult children and "cushy travel" with his wife.
"Mr. Kaplan was particularly helpful in following up with the parties after the mediation was over - the parties
were able to reach a settlement with his assistance."
- Attorney, Los Angeles, California
"Mr. Kaplan's professionalism, focus, experience, and humor helped tremendously in settling the case. I thoroughly
enjoyed working with him and I am confident that I will do so again."
- Attorney, San Francisco, California
"Rob is strategic, dogged, and thinks outside of the box."
- Attorney on an Employment Wage & Hour Class Action Matter
"Rob - you have the patience of Job, the judgment of Solomon and the persistence of the Devil. "
- Former President of the SD Association of Business Trial Lawyers
"In my nearly 40 years of practice, Rob Kaplan is the best mediator I have ever encountered. He is thorough, patient, relentless, highly intelligent, and all the while the most pleasant adjudicator to be around. I wouldn't change a thing."
- Attorney on a negligent supervision dispute
"Your dogged determination and your relentless attention to detail paved a mediated path to a settlement that I thought might never be achieved. I was astounded by the speed at which you learned the intricacies and the history of this case and were able to cut to the heart of the issues to help guide both parties to an effective solution."
- Client on a Complex Business Dispute
"Rob's skills in dealing with the 'human dynamic' were, in my view, solely responsible for the parties [in my case] being able to resolve this litigation"
- A named partner in a firm that does both defense and plaintiff work
"Rob - I just want to express my appreciation for your mediation services last Tuesday with respect
to [our multi-million dollar dispute.] You were one of the most effective mediators I've experienced and
I've been through quite a few mediations as an in-house attorney. We are thankful to have this matter behind us and again,
appreciative of your effective services"
- General Counsel from a multi-billion dollar publicly held company