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Austin Kaplan

Austin Kaplan, Kaplan Law Firm

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.

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.

Memberships, Awards, and Organizations

  • 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
  • 2017 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)
  • Member, Texas Bar College


  • State Bar of Texas
  • 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

Presentations and Publications

  • CLE presenter – 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


  • 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

Matthew (Maff) Caponi

Maff Caponi

Maff joined Kaplan Law Firm in August 2019, and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in October 2019. Maff was born in raised in Austin, studied Psychology at Arizona State University, and graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in May 2019. He focused on public interest work as a law student—from helping immigrant workers recover unpaid wages with the Equal Justice Center, to protecting Barton Springs and its wildlife with Save Our Springs Alliance, to helping refugees apply for green cards and citizenship at Refugee Services of Texas. As a student attorney with UT’s Civil Rights Clinic, Maff partnered with UT’s Immigration Clinic and won a habeas corpus case in federal court for a detained asylum seeker, securing the client’s release after nearly a year in detention. Maff is passionate about using the law to improve his community and empower Central Texas workers to assert their rights and receive their fair compensation.


Christie Coffey

Christie Coffey, Kaplan Law Firm

Christie joined the Kaplan Law Firm in 2017.  Christie brings with her over 18 years of experience working as a paralegal and legal assistant, handling matters such as complex litigation, medical malpractice, personal injury, and products liability.  Christie first fell in love with the legal profession while working for the County Attorney’s office.

Christie has experience in all types of law and justice departments, but she has a passion for Plaintiff’s Civil Litigation and fighting for people’s rights.  Christie volunteered during two local political campaigns and fought alongside several attorneys to stop the passing of the Tort Reform Act of 2003.  Christie served as Vice President of the North Texas Legal Association for two terms and treasurer for one term.  During her time as Vice President of the North Texas Legal Association, she helped rebuild the Center for Battered Women and organized the annual teddy bear drive for displaced children.

Christie looks forward to building client relationships and working diligently to get justice for people that have been mistreated.

Bryson Strachan

Bryson Strachan

Bryson joined Kaplan Law Firm in June 2019 after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a dual degree in Economics and Government, a certificate in Business of Healthcare, and a minor in Business Administration. He previously worked under the guidance of a District Judge, for a tech startup, and in governmental relations with university systems.  His passion lays in fighting for peoples’ rights. Bryson is excited to support our clients and assist them in securing the justice they deserve.