Jenn Kaplan joined The Law Office of Gilbert H. Levy in 2009 after completing her B.A. at New York University and earning a law degree from the University of Washington. She also holds a Master's Degree in Language Education.
Jenn's trajectory towards a legal career began when she volunteered for the ACLU when she was in college. There she learned about the important civil rights issues affecting her community—an unfair criminal justice system, institutionalized racism, and violations of the constitutional rights of people working to effect change. She began practicing criminal defense after law school to attempt to right some of these wrongs. Her caseload includes federal and state felonies and misdemeanors. She has also used her defense experience to represent progressive social justice advocates, including animal rights, Black Lives Matter, Occupy Seattle, anti-police brutality, and anarchist activists. Her own experience as a grassroots campaigner gives her insight into the political aspect of these cases. Jenn is the president of the Seattle chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, which is the foremost civil rights legal organization, as well as a member of the executive committee of the animal law section of the Washington State Bar Association. Jenn is admitted to practice in all Washington State courts, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
A devoted animal lover, Jenn is committed to a vegan lifestyle. She has worked as a law clerk at The Humane Society of the United States and Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys weightlifting, trail running, and traveling.