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Roberta Kaplan
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Roberta (Robbie) Kaplan is a partner in the Litigation Department at the firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and the Secretary of GMHC’s Board of Directors. She successfully argued before the US Supreme Court on behalf of Edith Windsor in the landmark case United States v. Windsor, which overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kaplan has been described as a “powerhouse corporate litigator” and “pressure junkie” who “thrives on looking at the big picture” whether “in the gay-marriage legal fight or high-profile corporate scandals.” Although she has been described as a “new hero to the gay rights movement,” Robbie has credited her friends and family “for helping her get through the ‘out-of-body experience’ and historic, high-stress litigation work for which she is noted.” Robbie has been selected as one of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers” and one of the top “40 Under 40” lawyers in the United States, as well as a 2013 “Litigator of the Year” by The American Lawyer and 2013 "Lawyer of the Year" by Above The Law.

Entries by Roberta Kaplan

Focus on the Family

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 3:20 PM

I'd like to present a thought experiment with two different questions posed by two different judges during oral arguments on the legal right of gay couples to marry. Their inquiries relate to whether it is constitutionally permissible to deny gay couples the right to marry because of purported concerns relating...

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A Year After Windsor, Let's Finish What We Started: The Fight to End HIV/AIDS

(3) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 6:00 PM

The United States Supreme Court's landmark decision in my client Edie Windsor's case last summer was the legal equivalent of the Battle of Normandy in the decades long struggle for gay civil rights. As a result of Windsor, the marriage equality movement has moved forward at a pace none of...

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Terrence McNally's Generations of Gay Americans

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 10:13 AM

My client Edie Windsor has said that she moved to New York City from Philadelphia as a young woman in the late 1950s "in order to be gay." Edie's move happened just after her brief, failed marriage to her brother's best friend, a wonderful guy who deserved to be married...

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GMHC to Advocate: Amidst Transition, Still on the Front Lines of the Fight

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 8:44 AM

As the nation's oldest provider of HIV/AIDS care, prevention services and advocacy, we know that everyone in our community has a stake in a strong GMHC. We understand that, in selecting new leadership, now is an important moment in GMHC's history.

We want to reassure the community that we are...

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