Michael A. Caplan
Mike Caplan, a founding partner of Caplan Cobb, serves as trial and appellate counsel in complex business disputes, constitutional cases, and class actions.
Mike’s work has been the subject of news coverage in the New York Times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the Fulton County Daily Report. Mike has been selected among the “Legal Elite in Business Law” by Georgia Trend Magazine, and Martindale-Hubbell has honored Mike with its highest rating of AV Preeminent for his legal ability and professional ethics.
Prior to founding Caplan Cobb, Mike served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard W. Story in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and practiced at Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore. Mike and his wife, Anna, live in Decatur with their three children.
"He is the quickest study I have ever seen. In court, in discovery, in negotiations, in strategy – with ear, eye, pen and that deep voice of his in tow. He approaches law like an old war horse. When he has to be bad-cop, look out, but when he plays the good-cop he’ll serve up some Southern charm. And when all are settled on a chosen path in litigation, Mike posits a new route that takes us farther."
Business Litigation. Mike serves as lead counsel to Fortune 100 companies, closely-held business, directors, corporate officers, entrepreneurs, and investors. Mike’s experience spans a broad array of complex business litigation. He has recovered over $150 million on behalf of business plaintiffs in antitrust, contract, fiduciary-duty, trade secret, and RICO actions. Mike has also successfully defended companies in SEC, FTC, and CFPB investigations, business tort cases, and class actions involving substantial exposure. A skilled advocate with a strong background in business, Mike has an M.B.A. and R.I.A. designation in addition to his law degree.
Mike also represents state and local governments in connection with certain business litigation matters. Mike currently acts as a Special Assistant Attorney General to the State of Georgia.
Class Actions. Mike prosecutes and defends class actions involving antitrust, employment benefits, telecommunications, and securities fraud. Prior to founding Caplan Cobb, Mike served on the team that recovered $112.25 million on behalf of a nationwide class of insulation contractors alleging price-fixing in the sale of residential insulation. Mike also defends publicly-traded companies against class allegations of breach of contract, business torts, and violations of ERISA.
Constitutional and Public Interest Litigation. Mike has also been recognized for his work vindicating the public interest. In 2015, Mike and his co-counsel successfully obtained the release of Justin Chapman, who was wrongfully convicted of murder and incarcerated for over 8 years. The case was the subject of the AJC’s seven-part podcast series, Breakdown. In 2012, Mike was honored with the Southern Center for Human Rights’ inaugural Gideon’s Promise Award for achieving significant reforms to Georgia’s indigent defense system.
Appellate Practice. Mike has developed a reputation as a skilled appellate practitioner. Working side-by-side with trial counsel, Mike’s appellate work has been described as “exceptional,” “of the highest quality,” and “meticulous and incredibly thorough.”
Mediation. Mike is a licensed mediator. Given the diversity of Mike’s experience and penchant for solving complex business problems, Mike is uniquely situated to serve as a mediator in high-stakes and challenging civil matters.
J.D., magna cum laude, The University of Georgia School of Law
Articles Editor, Georgia Law Review
Order of the Coif
Order of the Barristers
Winner, National First Amendment Moot Court Competition
Hughes Spalding Scholar
M.B.A., The University of Georgia Terry College of Business
Wood Wilson Foundation Scholar
B.S., The University of Georgia
HONORS & RECOGNITIONS
AV Preeminent Rating—Martindale-Hubbell (highest rating for legal ability and professional ethics)
On the Rise (40 under 40), Fulton County Daily Report (2013)
Rising Star in Business Litigation, Super Lawyers Magazine (2010, 2013-2015)
Legal Elite in Business Law, Georgia Trend Magazine (2014)
Gideon’s Promise Award, Southern Center for Human Rights (2012)
Avvo.com 10.0 Rating (Superb) in Litigation
Executive Compensation / Restrictive Covenants
Real Estate Litigation
Class Actions – Plaintiff
Class Actions – Defense
Constitutional & Tort Litigation
PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
Board of Directors, Southern Center for Human Rights
Board of Directors, Central Outreach and Advocacy Center for the Homeless
American Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Atlanta Bar Association
Member, Center for Professional Responsibility
Barrister, Lumpkin Inn of Court, University of Georgia School of Law
Indigent Defense Committee, Georgia State Bar
SPEECHES & PUBLICATIONS
Panelist for Appellate Briefs: What Works and What Doesn’t, presented at the Appellate Practice Seminar, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia (2014).
Panelist for Impact Litigation, presented to the Individual Rights Section of the Georgia State Bar (2013).
Panelist for The Right to Counsel in Civil Cases, presented by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia (2012).
Panelist for Public Interest Work in the Private Sector, presented to the University of Georgia School of Law (2011).
Panelist for Fee Applications in Civil Rights Litigation, presented by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia (2011).
Panelist on Appellate Preparation and Oral Argument, presented to the Georgia State University School of Law (2011).
“Putting GPDSC in Executive Branch Created a Legal Quandary,” Fulton County Daily Report (2011).
“The Status of Appellate Challenges to the 2005 Tort Reform Provisions,” The Litigator (2005).