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Since its founding in 2017, Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP (Kaplan Hecker) has quickly grown into one of the country’s elite litigation boutiques, fusing a high-stakes, cutting edge litigation practice with a groundbreaking commitment to serving the public interest. Kaplan Hecker’s highly-experienced litigators help clients navigate their most pressing legal challenges; from complex commercial litigation for some of the country’s biggest companies, to high-profile white-collar criminal defense, to sensitive internal investigations and intricate regulatory and securities matters. The firm leads some of the nation’s most prominent public interest litigation and also frequently files amicus briefs – at all levels of the judiciary – to support the most vulnerable.
Kaplan Hecker was recognized as the 2020 Boutique Firm of the Year by Benchmark Litigation. In fall 2019, Benchmark Litigation also recognized Kaplan Hecker as one of the 10 “Top Boutique Firms” in the country, just two years after the firm’s founding. The publication also rated the firm as a “Highly Recommended Law Firm – New York,” making Kaplan Hecker one of the very few litigation boutiques – and the only firm founded by women – to achieve that top designation. Chambers has ranked Kaplan Hecker as one of New York’s 11 top specialist firms in white-collar crime and government investigations.
Kaplan Hecker is recognized for the extensive trial experience of its lawyers, who have tried numerous civil and criminal cases to verdict in both federal and state court. The team includes three former federal prosecutors and three former public defenders – experience that uniquely positions the firm to take any case to trial and secure the best possible results for its clients. In what has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a 2020 “Impact Case” and by Global Investigations Review as “Most Important Court Case of the Year,” Kaplan Hecker secured a “rare” acquittal at trial in a market manipulation case against a former Barclays trader in early 2019.
Kaplan Hecker lawyers have consistently been individually recognized as among the leading litigators in the country, including partners Robbie Kaplan and Sean Hecker having been consistently honored as two of the nation’s top litigators in commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense respectively.
As a peer noted to Benchmark Litigation, Kaplan Hecker’s lawyers “are unwaveringly committed to staring down injustice without blinking, and their work proves that. They are ambitious, feisty and fearless, especially tailor-made for these tumultuous times.” Another peer added that “they are all pretty young, and are already superstars, so really, if they keep that model and all wind up staying together, the sky is the limit.”
Kaplan Hecker has built a track record of impressive results in high-stakes litigation, fueled by a small team of litigators with extensive trial experience and wide-ranging subject matter expertise. Its practice focuses on the following areas:
Commercial Litigation: Kaplan Hecker lawyers are highly-experienced commercial litigators with wide-ranging backgrounds. Clients range from large financial institutions and ratings agencies, to Fortune 500 companies, tech companies and startups, and nationally prominent individuals – among numerous other categories. The team is known for being efficient, diverse, creative, collaborative, and focused on a singular goal – achieving the best possible results for our clients through fierce advocacy, creative strategies, and forward-looking advice.
White-Collar Criminal Defense: The firm has extensive experience defending companies, boards of directors, and executives from criminal investigations and enforcement and regulatory proceedings across a range of practice areas, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and anti-corruption, whistleblower and False Claim Act (FCA) claims, anti-money laundering, and various kinds of financial fraud, among many others. Chambers has recognized Kaplan Hecker as one of New York’s 11 top specialist firms in white-collar crime and government investigations, and Sean Hecker is consistently recognized as one of the nation’s top litigators in this area.
Cybersecurity and Data Privacy: Kaplan Hecker lawyers have wide-ranging experience helping companies and executives navigate complex challenges involving cybersecurity, data privacy, and related regulatory compliance. This practice is led by Marshall Miller, a former senior DOJ official who oversaw many high-profile cybersecurity prosecutions and a widely recognized expert in these areas.
FCPA and Anti-Corruption: Kaplan Hecker lawyers have significant expertise representing clients in which the FCPA and other anti-corruption issues arise – including in internal investigations, representing companies and individuals in government enforcement matters, and advising companies on anti-corruption compliance. Sean Hecker has been ranked by Chambers as one of the leading FCPA attorneys in the country, and Marshall Miller previously oversaw some of the nation’s highest-profile corruption prosecutions during his tenure at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Employment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct: The firm has substantial experience representing organizations in sensitive employment and discrimination matters, including with respect to Title VII and Title IX claims and independent contractor and Fair Labor Standards Act classification. Kaplan Hecker has particular expertise representing top academic institutions in their most important Title VII and Title IX matters.
Investigations and Crisis Management: Kaplan Hecker helps its clients navigate every aspect of sensitive internal investigations: conducting the investigation, developing internal and external communications strategies, advising on public disclosures, and reviewing and revamping compliance structures.
Regulatory and Securities Matters and Litigation: The firm has represented some of the nation’s leading financial institutions and commercial businesses in regulatory proceedings, including securities enforcement proceedings and anti-money laundering investigations, helping clients navigate the ongoing challenges to relationships with regulators, investors, and shareholders that these proceedings can cause.
Public Interest Litigation: Kaplan Hecker takes on some of the most pressing and groundbreaking public interest litigation in the country, from suing the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who organized the racial- and religious-based violence in Charlottesville, to challenging the Metropolitan Detention Center’s denial of access to counsel on behalf of the Federal Defenders of New York, Inc., to suing Donald Trump and others for conspiring to defraud investors.
Appellate Litigation: The firm’s appellate practice spans all areas of its work. Kaplan Hecker team of lawyers, which includes three former Supreme Court clerks, have litigated cases in all levels of state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
Updated Sep 2021