Austin Kaplan

Austin Kaplan is the Founder and Managing Attorney at Kaplan Law Firm.

Austin is an employment law and civil rights attorney and litigator serving clients in Austin, Texas and surrounding communities. Austin represents individuals in a wide range of employment and civil rights matters, including claims for breach of employment contract, breach of noncompete agreements, discrimination, overtime violations, wage and hour violations, whistleblower retaliation, FMLA violations, and marriage equality matters.  Austin spends most of his days litigating cases for the Firm’s clients in state and federal court.

Austin Kaplan, Attorney at Law

Austin Kaplan, Attorney at Law

Protecting employees who have been sued by their former employers

Austin defends people who are sued for misappropriation of trade secrets, violations of non-competes (non-competition, non-solicitation, or no-hire agreements), and other contract matters by their former employers, or by other entities.

Advice and Counsel

Austin regularly provides advice to employees about their employment rights, what their options are at work, and how to negotiate a fair severance.


University of Illinois College of  Law – Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, recipient of the Rickert Award in Pro Bono Service

American University – Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society, cum laude, recipient of University Honors and Honors in Law and Society


State Bar of TexasIMG_0733

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

State Bar of Illinois (inactive)

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois


CLE preseIMG_8231nter – April 4, 2012 Austin Employment Law Update – Lorman Seminar.  Topic: Dealing with Discipline and Discharge

Co-author, “Issue Spotting: The Multitude of Ways Social Media Impacts Employment Law and Litigation,” State Bar Litigation Section Report, The Advocate, Fall 2012

Co-author, “Copyright: Google’s Library Project: Copyright and Fair Use,” E-commerce Law & Policy, October 2009

Co-author, “Media Law Legislative Record of President Barack Obama,” Media Law Resource Center, January 2009


Recipient of the 2016 Austin Under 40 Legal Category Award

Recipient of the 2016 Austinite of the Year Award

President-Elect, Austin Young Lawyers Association

Texas Bar Foundation Fellow

2016 Super Lawyers Rising Star

Co-Chair, Austin Capital Area Plaintiffs Employment Law Association

Former Chairperson, City of Austin Ethics Review Commission

Member, Austin Bar Association Labor and Employment Section

Member, Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association

Member, Texas Trial Lawyers Association

Member, Board of Directors of the Central Texas Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

CATLA Trial Lawyer Warrior Award 2014

Austin Kaplan received the Capital Area Trial Lawyers Warrior Award in 2014