Representing 11 people who were injured in Charlottesville last August, they scored a big first-round win when a federal judge in Virginia on Monday refused to dismiss their suit against 24 of 25 defendants, including Richard SpencerAndrew Anglin, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazi groups and James Fields, the man who drove his car into counter-protestors.

Kaplan, who represented Edie Windsor in the landmark SCOTUS case on gay marriage, is no stranger to hot-button cases. But this suit, which alleges the defendants formed a conspiracy to commit racial violence, is something else.

The vitriol directed at her personally has been "incredibly scary," Kaplan said.

That she's a New Yorker, a woman, a lesbian, hardly seems to register. "What the far right cares about the most is the fact that I'm Jewish," Kaplan said, describing the anti-Semitism as virulent. "There was nothing in Windsor that even approached" such personal attacks.

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