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Roberta (“Robbie”) Kaplan is the founding partner at Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP.  A formidable litigator with decades of experience in both commercial and civil rights litigation, Robbie has consistently been recognized as one of the nation’s top litigators and was recently named the 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” by the New York Law Journal.  In addition to receiving the Gold Medal Award from the New York State Bar Association and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Law Journal, she has been named “Litigator of the Year” by The American Lawyer, “Lawyer of the Year” by Above the Law, and the “Most Innovative Lawyer of The Year” by The Financial Times, among numerous other honors.  She is also a co-founder of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund.

Robbie has become an expert in cutting-edge areas of law.  As the ABA Journal has recognized, Robbie is “a specialist in emerging law.  She litigates cases that shape the legal structure within which Americans live, love, work and hail cabs.”  Robbie leads a high-stakes commercial litigation practice, representing clients like Airbnb, Uber, Elysium Health, Columbia University, Brown University and Fitch Ratings in their most high-profile and complex legal challenges.  Although she is perhaps best known for successfully arguing before the United States Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor, Robbie has continued her deep-seated commitment to using the law to advance the public interest.  From launching a lawsuit against the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who organized the racial- and religious-based violence that took place in Charlottesville in August 2017, to suing President Trump for fraudulently promoting a multi-level marketing company, Robbie has placed high-profile public interest litigation at the center of her practice. 

Robbie is a 1991 graduate of Columbia Law School, where she currently serves as an adjunct professor of law.  She holds an A.B., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Harvard College.

Updated Aug 2021