Abra Metz-Dworkin

Associate

Education

  • J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 2016
  • with honors
  • B.A., Yale College, 2010

Clerkships

  • Hon. Raymond J. Dearie, Eastern District of New York

Fellowships, Leaderships & Recognition

  • Executive Articles Editor, The George Washington International Law Review
  • Research Fellow, Princeton in Latin America Fellowship, Human Rights Watch

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • New York

Abra Metz-Dworkin is an Associate at Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP. Her practice includes both criminal and civil matters, with a focus on white collar defense and investigations, as well as complex commercial litigation.  

In 2019, Abra was a member of the trial team that secured an acquittal for their client, Robert Bogucki, the former global head of foreign exchange trading at Barclays. The case was brought on charges of wire fraud in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and the Department of Justice accused Mr. Bogucki of orchestrating a $6 billion front-running scheme that harmed Hewlett Packard, a counter-party of the bank. At the end of the government’s case, the Court granted a Rule 29 motion, fully acquitting Mr. Bogucki on all charges and recognizing that no jury could reasonably convict him based on the evidence presented in the government’s case. The case, United States v. Bogucki, 19-CR-21 (N.D. Cal. 2019) (CRB), was named “Most Important Court Case of the Year” by Global Investigations Review in 2019 and the “Impact Case of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation. Abra’s pro bono practice at Kaplan Hecker & Fink includes representing numerous indigent clients in Criminal Justice Act cases in the Southern District of New York. 

Before joining the firm, Abra clerked for the Honorable Raymond J. Dearie of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Prior to clerking, Abra was an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she worked on white collar criminal defense and commercial litigation matters, including a four-week civil forfeiture jury trial in the Southern District of New York, and a variety of pro bono criminal defense and immigration representations.

Abra graduated with honors from The George Washington University Law School in 2016, where she was the Executive Articles Editor of The George Washington International Law Review, in which she published a note entitled A Call For Sanctions: Argentina’s Black Market Currency Whitening and Violations of International Anti-Money Laundering Conventions and Protocols, 48 Geo. Wash. Int’l Law R. 441 (2016). During law school, Abra interned at the Department of Justice in the Public Integrity Section. 

Prior to law school, Abra worked as an analyst in the Investment Banking Compliance group at Goldman Sachs & Co. Afterwards, she was a law clerk at the Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program in Tucson, Arizona, an organization that represents Mexican nationals on death row in the United States, and was a Princeton in Latin America Fellow at Human Rights Watch and at the Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 

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Published on: October 28, 2019

Kaplan Hecker & Fink U.S. v. Bogucki Victory Named “Most Important Court Case of the Year” by Global Investigations Review

NEW YORK, NY, October 28, 2019 – Global Investigations Review has named the U.S. v. Robert Bogucki case as their “Most Important Court Case of the Year.” Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP partner Sean... Read More