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District of Columbia Law
 Issues relating to the law of Washington, DC.
Success in the D.C. Court of Appeals
3/7/2016 4:30:42 PM

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals has issued a decision in favor of my client on a case involving important First Amendment issues. 
Brief in First Amendment Case Filed
8/3/2015 6:15:28 PM

I have filed an appellate brief in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals on behalf of my client in what I believe is an important free speech case.  The case deals with the extent that the District’s anti-stalking law can be used to restrict speech and raises important First Amendment issues. 
Successful Motion to Reverse Criminal Conviction Under D.C.’s Innocence Protection Act
6/29/2015 9:04:25 PM
I recently prevailed in a motion to have a client’s felony conviction reversed on grounds of actual innocence under the District of Columbia’s Innocence Protection Act (D.C. Code § 22–4135). 
Arguing Before the D.C. Court of Appeals – Eyewitness Identification
11/9/2014 2:44:57 PM

On November 4 I appeared on behalf of my client at an oral argument before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, which is D.C.’s equivalent of a state supreme court.  At issue was exclusion of expert testimony about the accuracy of witness identification.

Super Lawyers Honors Matthew B Kaplan a DC "Rising Star"
4/29/2014 2:28:18 PM

I have been selected to the 2014 Washington DC Rising Stars list of distinguished attorneys by Super Lawyers Magazine. 

New DC Superior Court Debt Collection Practice Ignores the Law
9/30/2012 2:49:02 PM

In litigating throughout the country over the last decade, I have found that courts and court clerks sometimes impose their own practices on litigants, practices not supported by, and sometimes directly in conflict with, relevant law, including the court’s own formal rules.  A new procedure recently adopted by the DC Superior Court clerk’s office is a good example—the procedure reduces the clerk’s workload, but it violates the law. 
Problems With the DC Courts' Website
7/18/2012 2:21:36 AM

For some inexplicable reason the DC courts’ website ( is not properly indexed by Google or Bing. Although searches related to the DC courts will pull up hits on both Bing and Google that point to specific web pages on the DC courts’ website, these hits usually point to pages on the court system’s old website, a site that has not existed for years.
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