Julie E. Fink

Partner
Julie E. Fink

Education

  • B.A., Emory University, 2002
  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 2005
    magna cum laude

Clerkships

  • Hon. Eric N. Vitaliano, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Fellowships, Leadership & Recognitions

  • Future Star, Benchmark Litigation
  • 2020 Notable LGBTQ Leaders and Executives, Crain's New York 
  • 2020 Notable Women in Law, Crain's New York
  • HERO Award, HELP USA
  • Managing Partner of the Year, Corporate Counsel’s 2019 Women, Influence & Power in Law Awards
  • 2019 40 Under 40 Rising Business Star, Crain's New York
  • 2019 and 2020 40 & Under Hot List, Benchmark Litigation
  • Leading Lawyers In America, Lawdragon500
  • Recipient, Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Publico Award
  • Recipient, Immigration Equality’s Safe Haven Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Representation
  • Florence Allen Scholar, New York University School of Law
  • Order of the Coif, New York University School of Law

Bar and Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Fourth Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • New York

Julie Fink is the Managing Partner at Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP. Julie leads an active commercial and public interest litigation practice and oversees all aspects of the firm’s management, growth, and strategic planning. As one of the youngest managing (and named) partners at a major law firm, Julie has been recognized for her “revolutionary” approach to firm operations, her strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, and her sizable contributions to the firm’s litigation practice. Before joining the firm, Julie worked as in-house counsel at Pfizer Inc. and as an attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

Throughout her career, Julie has successfully represented companies and individuals in a range of litigation matters at both the trial and appellate level across a range of industries, from manufacturing companies to financial institutions. Her broad practice has included product liability and mass tort, employment class action, regulatory, securities fraud, mergers and acquisitions, consumer fraud, and complex commercial and antitrust litigation. She also has extensive experience advising clients on pre-litigation matters. Having managed substantial litigation portfolios both as inside and outside counsel, Julie is mindful of the importance of communication and collaboration between an outside firm and in-house teams.  Julie advises clients on Title IX and Title VII compliance and litigation matters and represents individuals in sexual assault and discrimination matters. Julie also represents Pfizer in connection with product liability matters. 

Julie also maintains an active pro bono and public interest practice, often at the forefront of civil rights and social justice issues.  She currently represents ten plaintiffs in a groundbreaking lawsuit against twenty-five white supremacists and neo-Nazis, bringing claims under the Ku Klux Klan Act and the Civil Rights Act based on their roles in organizing the racial and religious-based violence in Charlottesville during the summer of 2017. Julie also represents Moira Donegan in a defamation lawsuit related to her creation of the “Shitty Media Men” list, and represents Amber Heard in a defamation lawsuit filed against her by her ex-husband, Johnny Depp.  In 2018, she successfully represented Melanie Kohler, who was sued for defamation by a Hollywood director after sharing her #MeToo experience on Facebook. 

At Paul, Weiss, Julie was a key member of the team representing Edith Windsor in her historic challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), where the Supreme Court ruled that DOMA is unconstitutional. She also represented thousands of individuals in an action brought against the Governor of the State of New York and other New York officials challenging the State's practice of segregating individuals with mental illness in institutional adult homes. After more than a decade of litigation, Julie helped negotiate a landmark settlement ending the State's discriminatory practices. Julie continued her work at Pfizer, where she served as the global Pro Bono Lead, significantly expanding the Company's legal pro bono programs throughout the world. She also served as a member of Pfizer’s Global LGBT Colleague Council.

Julie is a frequent speaker on civil rights issues and pro bono work, and she has won awards for her public interest advocacy, including HELP USA's HERO Award, the Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Publico Award, and Immigration Equality’s Safe Haven Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Representation. She works closely with Time’s Up and the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund to combat workplace discrimination and sexual assault and is also a founding board member of H.A.B.I.T., a company that provides innovative workplace training designed to create a more respectful, inclusive, and productive work culture. Julie has also co-authored numerous articles and amicus briefs on reproductive rights and LGBTQ+ rights issues.

Julie serves on the board of the Gay Men's Health Crisis, where she is the Chair of the Governance Committee. She also serves on the board of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. Previously, she represented Pfizer as a member of the Advisory Council for The Duke Conferences. Julie has been recently named Managing Partner of the Year at Corporate Counsel’s 2019 Women, Influence & Power in Law Awards; a Notable LGBTQ Leader and Executive, Notable Woman in Law, and a 40 Under 40 Rising Business Star by Crain's New York; a Leading Lawyer in America by Lawdragon500; and a 40 & Under Hot List member and Future Star by Benchmark Litigation.

Julie clerked for the Honorable Eric N. Vitaliano in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She received her law degree, magna cum laude, from New York University School of Law, where she was a Florence Allen Scholar and a member of the Order of the Coif. She received her B.A. in Economics from Emory University.

Read about Julie E. Fink in our Newsroom

Published on: October 2, 2020

Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP Named Among "Top 10 Boutiques"; Individual Lawyers Honored in Benchmark Litigation 2021 Guide

NEW YORK, NY, October 2, 2020 – Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP is pleased to announce that Benchmark Litigation has named Kaplan Hecker as one of the “Top 10 Boutiques” in the country. This is the... Read More
Published on: August 3, 2020

Julie Fink and Joshua Matz Recognized on Benchmark Litigation 40 & Under Hot List

NEW YORK, NY, AUGUST 3, 2020 – Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP is pleased to announce that both Managing Partner Julie Fink and Partner Joshua Matz have been recognized in the 5th edition of Benchmark... Read More
Published on: June 24, 2020

Julie Fink Recognized by Crain’s in 2020 Notable LGBTQ Leaders and Executives List

NEW YORK, NY, June 24, 2020 – Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP is pleased to announce that Managing Partner Julie Fink has been named by Crain’s New York Business to the 2020 Notable LGBTQ Leaders and... Read More