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, Eastern District of New York

Fellowships, Leadership & Recognitions

  • 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.  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, 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 currently advises clients on Title IX and Title VII compliance and litigation matters, and represents Pfizer in connection with product liability matters. 

I know from firsthand experience that all clients face different external and internal pressures. The best counsel comes from taking the time to understand each client's unique business needs, goals and legal challenges; investing that time up front can save millions down the road.”

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.  She also represents Melanie Kohler, 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, expanding the Company's legal pro bono programs throughout the world.

Julie is a frequent speaker on civil rights issues and pro bono work, and she has won awards for her public interest advocacy, including the Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Publico Award and Immigration Equality’s Safe Haven Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Representation. She has co-authored numerous articles and amicus briefs on reproductive rights and LGBTQ+ rights issues.

“I love litigation because I love to win on behalf of my clients, to make a tangible impact on their business and their lives. I take pride in the fact that my clients see me as both a thoughtful advisor and a fierce advocate”

Julie serves on the board of the Gay Men's Health Crisis, where she is the Chair of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Finance Committee. She is also a member of the Pro Bono Advisory Council for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. Previously, she represented Pfizer as a member of the Advisory Council for The Duke Conferences.

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.