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Roberta “Robbie” Kaplan is the founding partner at Kaplan Hecker & Fink. A formidable litigator with decades of experience in both commercial and civil rights litigation, Robbie has been named “Most Innovative Lawyer of the Year” by The Financial Times, “Litigator of the Year” by The American Lawyer, and “Lawyer of the Year” by Above the Law, among other honors.
An expert in cutting-edge areas of law, Robbie’s practice includes a wide range of commercial matters for clients like Airbnb, Uber, Columbia University, Sydell Group and Fitch Ratings. Robbie represents these clients and others in their most high-stakes, complex legal challenges, including matters involving stock analysts’ recommendations, market timing in mutual funds, reinsurance transactions, and structured finance transactions. Robbie has developed a particular expertise dealing with the complex interplay between regulatory investigations and the onslaught of civil lawsuits that often follow.
Robbie has also represented a number of technology companies in the sharing economy. On behalf of her client Airbnb, she succeeded in obtaining a preliminary injunction under the Fourth Amendment to block implementation of a New York City ordinance that would have required Airbnb to turn over massive amounts of data about its users on a monthly basis. Robbie also currently represents Handy Technologies, Inc. in litigation involving the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Robbie is perhaps best known for successfully arguing before the United States Supreme Court on behalf of her client Edith Windsor in United States v. Windsor. The Court’s landmark decision in the case struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and helped to pave the way towards marriage equality. Robbie continues to pursue a groundbreaking public interest practice and has emerged as an unparalleled force for obtaining equal dignity for all.
Robbie has been recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer and one of the Top 10 Female Litigators in the country by Benchmark Litigation, and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Law Journal and the Gold Medal Award from the New York State Bar Association. This past spring, Robbie was chosen by representatives of Harvard Law School’s class of 2019 to be their Class Day speaker.
Last Updated September 2019