Roberta Kaplan

Lecturer in Law

Roberta Kaplan

Lecturer in Law

Roberta Kaplan is a partner in the litigation department at Paul Weiss.

She has extensive experience representing clients, such as Fitch Ratings and JPMorgan Chase, in complex, high-profile matters. In recent years, she has been active in matters involving mortgage-backed securities, structured finance transactions, and credit-rating opinions. As a result, Kaplan has developed an expertise dealing with the complex interplay between regulatory investigations, criminal prosecutions, and the onslaught of civil lawsuits that typically follow.

Kaplan successfully argued before the Supreme Court on behalf of Edith Windsor in United States v. Windsor, a landmark Supreme Court case with a significant civil rights decision. The Supreme Court ruled that a provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prevented legally married, same-sex couples from federal law benefits of marriage, was in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

As a result of the case, courts throughout the U.S. have explicitly relied on Windsor to extend equal rights to gay people under the law.

She has published on a variety of legal topics, including the chapter, “Investigating the Case” in commercial litigation in New York State courts, as well as the chapter, “Interplay Between Commercial Litigation and Criminal Proceedings” in Commercial Litigation in the Federal Circuit Courts. She also recently published an article entitled "Proof vs. Prejudice" in 37 N.Y.U. Review of Law & Social Change, 2013.

Columbia Law School awarded Kaplan with The Medal for Excellence, a distinguished honor for her work throughout her career. Columbia Law School Women's Association has also honored Kaplan as the distinguished alumni of the year. She has also received the New York County Lawyers' Association's William Nelson Cromwell Award.

Kaplan clerked for Judge Mark L. Wolf of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1991 and her A.B. from Harvard University in 1988.

S. Advanced Civil Procedure: Scholarly and Lawyerly Perspectives
S. Advanced Civil Procedure: Scholarly and Litigation Perspectives