The Best Response to a Cease and Desist Letter Ever!

I just read on Buzzfeed about a cease and desist letter sent by a local government official to a citizen about the use of a domain name – and the citizen’s pointed reply via New Jersey lawyer Stephen B. Kaplitt.

Check out Mr. Kaplitt’s hilarious response to the cease and desist letter. You can download it here. It’s brilliant, satirical, playful, and creative – the list goes on. It’s great. 

He clearly found a clever way to respond to the allegations – and a quick visit to his law firm website suggests that he does well for himself. While I rejoice in the letter – its content and style – I will likely never have the opportunity to engage in such banter on behalf of my clients. Here’s why.

Mostly, my clients are hard working people who cannot afford a year-long legal battle that involves accusations of breach of contract or financial damages. My clients are neither emotionally or financially equipped to undergo such a process. Even if they are without fault, the threat of litigation requires appropriate evaluation and response.

If you have received a cease and desist in Virginia from your old employer and are not sure what to do next, just know that the letter you received in the mail is no laughing matter.

Our firm is available to help you craft a response that recognizes the seriousness of the situation. We will assist in evaluating your rights and advise as to the appropriate next step. If you want a hilarious and fun guy in NJ to write your response, I don’t blame you. You know know where to find him.


Lauren Ellerman

Lauren Ellerman

In 2011, Lauren Ellerman was named "Young Lawyer of the Year" by the Roanoke Bar Association for her work in the community. To speak with Lauren about your personal injury case, contact her at