Jesse S. Kaplan, Attorney at Law

Jesse S. Kaplan, Attorney at Law

Firm Overview

I have been a sole practitioner in the Sacramento area since 1982. I handle Social Security disability cases, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), and private long term disability cases, government disability retirement cases, and also some personal injury cases. If you have more than one kind of disability claim, I can efficiently handle all of them. I do not abandon meritorious Social Security claims at the administrative level, litigating more such cases than most attorneys in this region. Example casesI was the successful attorney for appellant in McNabb v. Barnhart, 340 F.3d 943 (9th Cir. 2003) [relevant evidence and time period for Social Security continuing disability reviews].

Main Office

5441 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Suite C-1
Carmichael, CA 95608


(916) 488-3030


(916) 489-9297


Free Initial Consultation?

I offer free initial consultation, except perhaps if the client simply wants a one-shot chance to pick my brains and can afford to pay. I am forthcoming with free advice to people who contact me, but of course like to do this in the most efficient way possible, which may not be a personal consultation.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Virtually everything I do is based on contingent fees. My fee agreements in Social Security cases conform to the regulations and are subject to approval of the Administration. My fee agreements for other work are comparable and competitive to those of other practitioners. Where flexibility is needed and possible, and contingent arrangements do not work, my fees are relatively low because clients typically have limited resources and such cases are usually fairly simple ones, representing only a small portion of my practice.

Hourly Rates

This rarely applies (see above). Currently, my LTD fee agreement refers to $225 per hour, though the fee to the client is based on a percentage of recovery. That figure simply represents a benchmark valuation of my worth for purposes of court-awarded attorney fees. In the few cases not susceptible to contingency fee arrangements, my charges will probably be less, for the reasons indicated above.

Office Information

Office Hours

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Office Manager

Elona Mukha

Emergency After Hours


Languages Spoken

Russian (via staff)

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I have handled Social Security disability cases from the beginning of my practice, but previously handled various kinds of civil litigation and also criminal cases. Over the years, I narrowed my focus to Social Security and then expanded into other disability matters.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

In the area of Social Security, most lawyers will not handle anything except disability cases. This means more clients that I can help in these other areas, where often I will limit myself to advice only. Certainly, clients who understand the process and the difference between facts, logic, and law are easier to serve.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am willing to review documents prepared by clients.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I am willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves, and as indicated above encourage it in certain situations.

Jesse Stayton Kaplan

Jesse S. Kaplan, Attorney at Law

Gradually increasing focus on disability over the years means that I do have fairly broad legal experience, though most of my practice now involves disability cases.

At this point I have practiced Social Security law longer than most people in the Sacramento area, and have more extensive federal court experience. I am one of the few people in the area practicing in multiple areas of disability law. I probably have a broader background of legal experience and better academic credentials than most disability practitioners in this geographical area.

I possess distinctive writing and analytic skills; I am very used to cross-examining medical and vocational experts; I bring to bear the knowledge and skills of several areas of practice.

Personally, I am low-key, logical, and sympathetic. My presentation on behalf of clients partakes of the same qualities but is more succinct and aggressive.

Personal interests:

My interests are more philosophical than practical.


Bar Number: 103726
California, 1982


University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
J.D., 1981

University of California at Berkeley
Bachelor of Arts, 1977

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