Meet Our Team
For over 20 years, Kaplan Morrell has a history of helping injured and disabled workers obtain the rights and benefits they are due under the workers compensation, social security disability, and employment laws of Colorado and the United States. From Denver to Durango and Grand Junction to Limon, our attorneys are ready to help injured workers in Colorado get the help they deserve today.
Workers Compensation & Disability Attorney
“The system is stacked against injured and disabled workers, so my job is tip the scales back in your favor. Even if you speak English, it is too easy to get lost in a system where employers, doctors, insurance adjusters and even friends give you too much and even conflicting advice. I am proud that I have been able to use my Mexican background, and fluency in Spanish to help my Latin American clients obtain their rightful benefits. I work hard so that all my clients understand the system, avoid costly mistakes, and stay focused on what is important – getting healthy and supporting their family.”
Michael H. Kaplan
Workers Compensation Attorney
My passion assisting and fighting for injured workers derives from a strong distaste for those who are always trying to take advantage of people who work hard and unfortunately get hurt. It is unacceptable to me that big business, behind the scenes and unbeknownst to the unsuspecting worker, preys on them and their families’ lack of knowing the system. In a system that takes advantage of injured workers, I make getting my clients quality care and compensation benefits my top priority…”
Workers Compensation Attorney
"As a Colorado Native, I feel very blessed to be able to use my 20 plus years of experience in the field of Workers’ Compensation to represent injured workers. I know firsthand how unrepresented claimants can undermine their recovery by failing to meet any of the deadlines in the system.
I began my career at the biggest insurance carrier in the state of Colorado and went on to work for a firm representing insurance carriers and employers. I have an insider’s perspective on how the insurance carrier’s operate. I understand their motivations and tactics. I welcome the challenge of representing injured workers’ in this predominately employer friendly arena. The insurance companies primary interest is keeping costs down.
I was born and grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado. I graduated at CU Boulder Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Political Science. After a stint in the private sector I attended law school at George Mason Law School (now called Scalia Law School) in Virginia outside of Washington D.C. After graduating with my law degree I returned back to Colorado to practice law and after a year, began working for Pinnacol Assurance, the State’s largest Workers Compensation carrier. From there I joined Ritsema & Lyon PC and defended insurance carriers and employer in Workers Compensation claims for nearly twenty years.
This experience gives me unique and critical insight into how insurance companies and their lawyers view, evaluate, and approach workers compensation cases. I am able to help my clients avoid many of the pitfalls that unrepresented workers face. I use my experience and contacts with the insurance companies to get my clients the best results the law entitles them.
I’m lucky to have a husband and two lovely step-daughters and extended family in Colorado including Grandparents that are in their mid-nineties. I love to cook, bowl, and one day I’ll be on Survivor."
Andrew M. Newcomb
Workers Compensation Attorney
“I’ve been practicing law on behalf of individuals and families since 2003, after graduating from the University of Mississippi School of Law. I moved to Colorado in 2005, where my practice has focused on Workers' Compensation and personal injury litigation. I speak English and Spanish.”
I have been named a Super Lawyers "Colorado Rising Star" three years in a row, National Trial Lawyers "Top 40 Under 40" Lawyer, as well as being named one of the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" by the National Trial Lawyers Association. In my free time, I enjoy being with my wife and two boys experiencing the many outdoor opportunities in Colorado, including golf, listening to live music, gardening, bird hunting, and snowboarding.
“The days when everything falls into place when helping our clients are what leaves the most lasting impression on me. Workers’ Compensation has a lot of moving parts, and making sure that everything goes smoothly is quite satisfying.”Brandy loves to travel and see new places. In the last five years, Brandy has been to Dallas, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver. She loves seeing what other regions have to offer that are not accessible in her hometown.Brandy graduated with a degree from UNC in teaching. She began working at Kaplan Morrell in 2000, and was promoted to paralegal in 2010. Since then, Brandy has been a monumental contributor in the success of our firm, and has overseen the progress of thousands of clients’ cases.”
“When I come home to my family and reflect on my work, I think about how rewarding it is to be able to help people who feel vulnerable – especially those who struggle with a language barrier. I know what it’s like to be in their shoes, so putting them at ease brings me great satisfaction.”Before the transformation to her professional office life, Veronica pursued her passion as a DJ. She entertained at some of the finest graduations, weddings, and quinceañeras in Mexico, playing all of the hot Romanticas and Cumbias hits we know and love.After completing the intensive English program at AIMS Community College, Veronica enrolled in accounting certification classes, and then continued studying to receive her associates degree in accounting. Prior to working at Kaplan Morrell, she submitted tax returns for low income clients.
“I notice the different leadership styles at Kaplan Morrell most. Mike and Britton are such contrasting figures, yet they are very successful together. Each attorney has strength in areas where the other does not, which enables the firm to hurdle so many obstacles other law firms cannot.”Tammy rides motorcycles when not in the office. She has travelled to South Dakota for to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally more than a few times, and plans on returning in the future.Tammy began her career in Workers’ Compensation as an injured worker who was offered a position at the law firm that took her injury case. She has quite a diverse range of experience; she has worked at several claimants and respondents firms before landing at Kaplan Morrell, giving her comprehensive knowledge how to help our clients.
“I notice the camaraderie most of all here. We have a great team – everyone works together to resolve issues.”Margaret is a world-class bowler, and is well-known as she feels quite comfortable using her spin to close out frames. The unique expertise that Margaret brings to her work, is that she was an adjuster for a third party administrator of a Workers Compensation insurance carrier. She left to find work elsewhere when she found the oppressive hours and high demands of adjusting became too overbearing. Her years of adjusting built up excellent communication strategies with adjusters, which pay great dividends in the long term.