NEW YORK, NY, October 4, 2022 – Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP announced today the addition of David Gopstein as counsel in the firm’s New York office. Gopstein joins the firm’s broader white collar, regulatory enforcement and litigation practice from the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, where he served as an Assistant US Attorney and Deputy Chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section.
During his seven years as an Assistant US Attorney, Gopstein investigated, prosecuted and supervised a wide variety of high-profile cases involving securities fraud, wire fraud, healthcare fraud, digital assets and cybercrime, tax offenses, money laundering, foreign bribery and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He successfully conducted numerous jury trials and appeals. Among his notable matters were the trial conviction of a former hedge fund executive and trader for trading on inside information obtained through hacking in a first-of-its kind securities fraud and computer hacking case; the first-ever conviction, of a former bank CEO, for failing to comply with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act; and the trial conviction of a former member of the Barbados parliament in a foreign bribery and money laundering case.
“David is an exceptional litigator, having successfully investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of criminal matters,” said Kaplan Hecker & Fink partner Sean Hecker. “I am delighted to welcome him to the team and look forward to working alongside him in representing clients across Kaplan Hecker’s broad white collar and litigation practice.”
“We are thrilled that David has joined the firm as counsel. His background in complex securities litigation matters and experience as a trial lawyer with a history of success in high-stakes criminal cases bolsters our exceptionally talented regulatory enforcement and litigation practice,” said Kaplan Hecker & Fink founding partner Roberta (“Robbie”) Kaplan. “David’s record and passion for overseeing the prosecution of securities fraud cases makes him an ideal addition to the firm.”
“I am excited to join the incredible team at Kaplan Hecker & Fink and hit the ground running,” said Gopstein. “The firm has been on the front lines of high-stakes regulatory investigations and a variety of civil lawsuits with an exceptionally talented group of lawyers. I look forward to working alongside such an outstanding team.”
Prior to joining the US Attorney’s Office, Gopstein was an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where he represented corporations, universities, individuals, and boards of directors in commercial litigation and DOJ, SEC, CFTC, FINRA and state attorney general investigations and proceedings.
Gopstein graduated from Princeton University, summa cum laude, and Yale Law School and clerked for the Hon. Naomi Reice Buchwald of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Gopstein was honored with a Prosecutor of the Year award from the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation in 2018 and 2019 and is a recipient of the IRS Deputy Commissioner award and the Federal Drug Agents Foundation True American Hero award.