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Stephen E. Kaplan
  • President/Attorney, 1998
Dallas, TX
Stephen E. Kaplan is an A.V. Preeminent rated attorney with Martindale-Hubbell who has been practicing in Texas for over 40 years. He has experience in both transactional and litigation matters in the areas in which he practices.

He has tried cases in federal and state courts before juries and judges. He has experience in all federal courts in Texas and state courts throughout Texas. He is also a member of the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court and the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

He has an AV Preeminent peer review rating, the highest rating, through Martindale-Hubbell. He is also a member of the prestigious Texas Bar College. These distinctions reflect the high degree of professionalism I bring to every case and assignment that I have for my clients.

He has a well-rounded business and commercial legal background and experience. He has practiced business and commercial law in Texas for over 44 years. That practice includes trials in state and federal courts, in bench and jury trials, as well as trials before arbitrators, administrative agencies and local boards. In addition, he has represented and advised clients on business transactions of all types including sales of businesses, real estate developments and sales, leases, mergers and acquisitions and other business expansions. These included the sales of television stations, trucking companies, apartment complexes, retail and wholesale enterprises, and other business transactions. He has also represented clients in the negotiation of business financial transactions which included loans and equity investment transactions.

His areas of practice include the following matters:
Administrative Law
Banking & Finance Law
Business & Commercial Law
Business Organizations
Construction Law
Estate Planning
Government Agencies & Programs
Labor Law
Mergers & Acquisitions
Probate & Estate Administration
Real Estate Law
Land Use & Zoning
Business and Commercial Landlord/Commercial Tenants Disputes
State, Local & Municipal Law
Taxation Law
Non-Profit Organizations
Mediation and Arbitration
Asset Protection
Alternate Dispute Resolution
Employment Law - Representing Employers

Areas Of Practice

  • Business Organizations and Transactions
  • Business Organization Disputes and Litigation
  • Commercial Transactions and Litigation
  • Labor & Employment Counseling and Litigation
  • Estate & Trust Planning
  • Probate & Trust Litigation
  • Commercial Real Estate Transactions and Litigation
  • Construction Contracts and Mechanics & Materialmens Liens

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1977
  • New York, 1980


  • State University of New York, Buffalo School of Law, Buffalo, New York
    • J.D. - 1976
  • University of California at Los Angeles
    • B.A. - 1973
    • Major: Political Science

Representative Cases

  • Childre v. Great Southwest Life Ins. Co., 700 S.W.2d 284, 1985, Tex.App.-Dallas, 1985160048
  • Bruner v. Exxon Co., U.S.A., A Div. of Exxon Corp., 752 S.W.2d 679, 1988, Tex.App.-Dallas, 1988096203
  • Hand v. Equestrian Retailer, Inc., 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8417, 1998, N. Dist. Tex.

Representative Clients

  • Epic Broadcasting Corporation
  • Lyne Energy Corporation
  • The Martha Steed Lyne Management Trust
  • Windsong Partners Ltd.

Honors and Awards

  • 2018 Best of Business Award by the Small Business Community.
  • Top Attorneys of North America
  • America's Most Honored Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell A.V. Preeminent

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member, Present
  • Dallas Bar Association, Member, Present
  • Texas Bar Association, Member, Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Lyne and Klein, P.C., Attorney, 1981 to 1987
  • Lyne, Klein, French and Womble, Attorney, 1976 to 1981

Pro Bono Activities

  • DVAP, 1978 to 2020
  • American Indian Law Project, 1980 to 1985

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