Robbie is the founding partner of Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP. Among other accolades, Robbie has been selected as one of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers” in the United States, as “Litigator of the Year,” as “Lawyer of the Year,” and as the “Most Innovative Lawyer of The Year.” In 2013, her landmark victory in United States v. Windsor brought down the Defense of Marriage Act, landing the first major legal victory in the battle for marriage equality. Robbie is also the co-founder of the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund and an adjunct professor of law at Columbia Law School.
A member of the Executive Committee at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, Karen is one of the top trial lawyers in America and has secured improbable victories in business-critical cases for some of America’s most well-known companies. She has served in all three branches of government, including as a federal prosecutor in Virginia focused on national security, an Associate White House Counsel, and clerk to Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer and Judge Merrick B. Garland of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Within the past two years, Karen has been named a “Litigator of the Year” by the American Lawyer, one of Elle Magazine’s “Most Compelling Women in Washington” and one of the National Law Journal’s “Outstanding Women Lawyers.”
Julie Fink is a partner at Kaplan Hecker & Fink, LLP. She previously worked as in-house counsel at Pfizer Inc. and as an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.
Julie has maintained a broad civil litigation practice, including product liability and mass tort, employment class action, regulatory, securities fraud, mergers and acquisitions, consumer fraud, complex commercial and antitrust litigation. She has also maintained an active civil rights practice and was a key member of the team representing Edith Windsor in her successful challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act. She has been awarded the Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Publico Award and Immigration Equality’s Safe Haven Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Representation.
Julie sits on the board of Gay Men’s Health Crisis and is a member of the Pro Bono Advisory Council for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. She was a law clerk for the Honorable Eric N. Vitaliano in the Eastern District of New York.
William ("Bill") Isaacson is a partner at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP. Since joining the firm at its inception in 1997, Bill’s main practice area has been complex commercial litigation, including both civil trials and arbitration. Bill is a 2015 American Lawyer Litigator of the Year, a three-time winner of The AmLaw Litigator of the Week, and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Global Competition Review writes, "Arguably no antitrust lawyer in recent memory has had as much success for both plaintiffs and defendants as Boies Schiller partner Bill Isaacson.”
In 2015, after a three-week jury trial in the District of Nevada, Bill–together with BSF co-counsel Karen Dunn–won a $50 million verdict, later increased to $124 million in a judgment, for Oracle for software copyright infringement and state law violations. In 2014, in O’Bannon v. NCAA, he won significant attention for his cross-examinations of NCAA witnesses, obtaining a historic victory for college athletes. In the same year, Bill served as trial counsel, with Karen Dunn, in a high-profile antitrust class action in the portable music industry, winning a complete defense verdict. In 2013, Bill was also trial counsel in the first antitrust action against Chinese companies for cartel conduct relating to products sold in the United States, winning a $162 million judgment, and $33 million from settling defendants.
Bill has been listed as one of the 500 leading lawyers in the U.S. by the publication Lawdragon. Bill was also named a Competition MVP and Titan of the Plaintiff Bar by Law360, and a Litigator of the Week by Global Competition Review. Legal 500 describes him as a “leader” at the firm “with many successes to his credit” who has a "brilliant knowledge of international arbitration."
Michael Bloch is Counsel at Kaplan Hecker & Fink. He is an experienced trial attorney who spent over seven years as a public defender at the Bronx Defenders and three years as a litigation associate at Williams & Connolly LLP before joining Kaplan Hecker.
At Bronx Defenders, Michael represented hundreds of clients charged with criminal matters at all stages of litigation. He has tried more than a dozen felony and misdemeanor cases to verdict and earned an acquittal or dismissal of all criminal charges in all but one case. In the past four years, he has tried seven cases to jury verdict – as lead counsel on five of them – and earned a full acquittal on all of them. Michael was a supervisor in the Bronx Defenders Criminal Defense Practice, a member of the Homicide Practice Group, and previously served as a supervisor of the Investigations Practice. Michael has conducted numerous trainings on trial advocacy and criminal defense investigations and was a member of the 2019 faculty for Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop.
Michael served as a law clerk to the Honorable Chief Judge Helen Ginger Berrigan on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and subsequently to the Honorable Diane P. Wood on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
He is currently a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Operations Committee and Mass Incarceration Task Force. His writings have appeared in the New York Times, USA Today and The Forward.