Mark Vincent Kaplan #58836
License Status: Active
Address: Law Offices of Kaplan & Gekht, 10866 Wilshire Blvd, Ste 660, Los Angeles, CA 90024-4321
County: Los Angeles County
Phone Number: (310) 277-9009
Law School: Southwestern Univ SOL; Los Angeles CA
License Status, Disciplinary and Administrative History
6/15/2019 Discipline, probation; no actual susp. 16-O-10922
7/6/1981 Not Eligible To Practice Law in California Suspended, failed to pay Bar fees
2/20/1974 Admitted to The State Bar of California
State Bar Court Cases
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Effective Date Case Number Description
6/15/2019 16-O-10922 Stipulation [PDF]
Stayed Suspension January 28, 2019
Longtime Los Angeles attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan faces probation following a May 16 California Supreme Court order over allegations in three client matters, according to a recent report issued by the State Bar of California and court documents.
Kaplan allegedly accepted funds from a third party to represent a client without written consent and failed to return unearned fees, according to the state bar’s report.
The Supreme Court handed down a stayed one-year suspension and a year of conditional probation on May 16. Kaplan must comply with the conditions of probation recommended by the California State Bar Court hearing department in an order approving the stipulation filed in the case. Among those conditions is the requirement that Kaplan pass the Multistate professional Responsibility Examination.
Kaplan also was ordered to pay costs.
Kaplan’s discipline will be effective Saturday, June 15, according to an announcement recently posted on the state bar’s website.
Kaplan was admitted to the bar in California on Dec. 20, 1974, according to his profile at the state bar website. Kaplan had no prior discipline before the state bar, according to his profile.
In one client matter, Kaplan allegedly accepted $15,000 in advance legal fees from the client in November 2014 without obtaining the client’s informed written consent, according to the stipulation filed with the State Bar Court in January. Kaplan also allegedly failed to refund the unearned portion of the advance legal fees upon termination of his representation the same month.
In another client matter, Kaplan allegedly failed to promptly refund a client the approximately $9,822 received in advanced fees after his representation was terminated in February 2016.
In the third client matter, Kaplan allegedly accepted $6,000 in advance legal fees from a client in September 2015 without obtaining the client’s informed written consent. In the same matter, Kaplan allegedly failed to promptly refund almost $106,228 in unearned legal fees upon termination of his representation in June 2016. FULL STORY
After a day in court, Kevin Federline’s weary attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan wound up his argument in the aspiring rapper’s custody fight with Britney Spears.
OK! was at Los Angeles Superior Court when Kaplan emerged from behind court doors and said, “I’m not happy about anything that’s going on. There are no winners.”
As for what went on in the courtroom today, Kaplan was customarily vague. “There were several orders requested which will be reflected in a minute order,” he explained. “The minute order will be released publicly by the end of business on Monday.”
However, in a document obtained by TMZ.com, it appears that it has been decided by the court that Kevin now has sole custody of the two boys and that Britney’s visitation rights have been suspended pending further investigation. A hearing date on the suspension is set for Jan. 14. FULL STORY
In light of The New York Times‘ new unauthorized documentary, Framing Britney Spears, which premiered on FX and Hulu last week, Kevin’s family law attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, addressed his client’s involvement in the ongoing conservatorship, which Britney has been under since 2008. Kevin shares two kids — sons Sean, 15, and Jayden, 14 — with Britney.
“Kevin has no involvement with regard to Britney and her attorneys asking to remove Jamie as conservator,” the lawyer told ET. “He has stayed out of the conservatorship issues.”
Due to health issues, Jamie requested in September 2019 that Britney’s care manager, Jodi Montgomery, replace him as temporary conservator. Britney then requested in court documents last year to have Jamie “suspended immediately.” Jamie currently remains co-conservator of his daughter’s estate, along with the Bessemer Trust Company. The conservatorship was recently extended until September 2021. FULL STORY
News Articles about Mark Vincent Kaplan
Britney’s Visitation Rights Suspended!
Celeb Lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan Busted for DUI
Los Angeles attorney faces stayed suspension, probation over allegations in three client matters
Bram v. Kaplan CA2/5, B245554 (Cal. Ct. App. 2014)
How Kevin Federline Feels About Britney Spears’ Conservatorship and New Documentary
Judge suspends Britney Spears’ visitation rights
Videos about Mark Vincent Kaplan
Suspension of Mark V Kaplan Stipulation