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Roberta Kaplan Builds Progressive Firm Suing Trump, Defending Wall Street

A hero to liberals for helping to legalize same-sex marriage, Kaplan is now leading New York’s hottest law firm with a focus on suing Trump while taking on Wall Street — as clients.

Roberta Kaplan successfully argued for the Supreme Court to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Her law firm, which now counts 50 lawyers, has twice outgrown its offices and is expanding to and renovating the entire 63rd floor of the Empire State Building.

Roberta Kaplan successfully argued for the Supreme Court to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Her law firm, which now counts 50 lawyers, has twice outgrown its offices and is expanding to and renovating the entire 63rd floor of the Empire State Building.

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Already a progressive hero for a landmark Supreme Court victory for same-sex couples, New York lawyer Roberta Kaplan only cemented that reputation in recent years with lawsuits against White supremacists and Donald Trump.

And, unlike most lawyers pursuing public-interest cases, she has been able to count on work for corporate clients like Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc. to help foot her fledgling law firm’s bills.