Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP Litigators Kate L. Doniger and Alexander J. Rodney Promoted To Counsel

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Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP
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April 1, 2020

NEW YORK, NY, April 1, 2020 – Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP today announced that Kate L. Doniger and Alexander J. Rodney have been promoted to Counsel effective April 1, 2020.

“We made the decision to promote Alex and Kate to Counsel effective today several weeks ago since we are so proud of the work that they have done while at the Firm. While we, like everyone else, are very much focused on the terrible challenges that our country is facing as a result of COVID-19, we wanted to make sure to announce their promotion to Counsel because they both deserve the public recognition,” said Roberta (“Robbie”) Kaplan, Founding Partner, Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP. “Our promotion of Kate and Alex only highlights the fact that our firm is singularly focused on having top talent available to represent our clients in their most important and challenging matters.”

Sean Hecker, a partner at Kaplan Hecker & Fink, added: “Kate and Alex’s well-deserved promotions are a testament to the integral role they each have played in so many of our firm’s successes. We are looking forward to the next chapter in their careers, as they each continue to build on their already impressive experience to help achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients.” 

Kate L. Doniger

Since joining Kaplan Hecker & Fink in 2019 as a senior associate, Kate has used her substantial experience representing companies and individuals in complex civil litigation, white-collar criminal defense, and government and internal investigations to deliver results for her clients.

Kate is a member of the Kaplan Hecker & Fink team representing a survivor of Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse in a lawsuit aimed at ensuring that Mr. Epstein’s Estate is held accountable for his crimes. She also represents companies and individuals across diverse sectors in internal investigations and government enforcement actions related to alleged securities and commodities fraud, violations of the FCPA and other anti-corruption statutes, and employment matters. Kate was recently honored by the National LGBT Bar Association & Foundation as one of its 2020 Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40.

Before joining the firm, Kate was an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Kate graduated from the New York University School of Law, where she was a Notes Editor on the Law Review and a member of the Civil Rights and Children’s Rights Clinics. Prior to law school, she worked at the Center for Court Innovation as Deputy Director of the Red Hook Community Justice Center, the nation’s first multi-jurisdictional community court. Kate earned her M.P.A from New York University and her B.A. from Barnard College.

Alexander J. Rodney

Alex joined Kaplan Hecker & Fink in 2018 as a senior associate. He is an experienced litigator whose practice focuses on complex commercial disputes and investigations across the globe.

Alex was a member of the Kaplan Hecker & Fink team that obtained a preliminary injunction for Airbnb blocking implementation of a New York City ordinance on Fourth Amendment grounds. He has helped obtain the dismissal of unfair competition claims brought against Airbnb in N.Y. Supreme Court, Commercial Division. His current active matters also include representing plaintiffs and a putative class of consumers in large-scale fraud action against President Trump and his family and businesses. And Alex represents employees, officers, directors and corporations across various industries in grand jury and regulatory investigations, including those conducted by the DOJ, SEC, FTC, and federal and state regulators and law enforcement agencies.

Alex previously was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. He served as law clerk to the Honorable William G. Young of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in addition to having served as law clerk to the Chief Justice of Israel Asher D. Grunis and former Chief Justice Miriam Naor. Alex earned his first law degree from the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law, with first class honors, and his LL.M. from Harvard Law School.

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