Roberta Kaplan net worth: Time's Up founder resigns after backlash over assisting Andrew Cuomo
Roberta Kaplan, who co-founded the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund, resigned on Monday, August 10 after it was discovered that the famous lawyer reportedly assisted governor Andrew Cuomo in drafting a letter attempting to refute claims made by one of his victims of sexual harassment.
According to the New York Times, Kaplan mentioned her role as a counselor to the New York governor and his former top assistant, Melissa DeRosa, during the attorney general's inquiry in her resignation letter. She wrote: "I therefore have reluctantly come to the conclusion that an active law practice is no longer compatible with serving on the Board at Time's Up at this time and I hereby resign."
Kaplan was the Chair of Time's Up's Board of Directors and a co-founder of the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund, which helps women who have been subjected to workplace sexual harassment and discrimination. Her departure comes almost a week after Attorney General Letitia James issued a report alleging Cuomo sexually assaulted 11 women. Cuomo is also being probed by the Albany sheriff's office for reportedly touching his aide Brittany Commisso at the Executive Mansion after she submitted a criminal complaint last week.
What is Roberta Kaplan's net worth?
Kaplan, 55, rose to national prominence in 2013 while she was working at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, after she and her client Edie Windsor successfully challenged the Defense of Marriage Act in the Supreme Court. Celebs Age Wiki pins Roberta "Robbie" Kaplan's net worth anywhere between $1 million - $5 million. Patriotic Millionaires spotlighted Kaplan in a 2018 article but did not detail her earnings.
In their 'Most Powerful Women in New York' list, Crain's New York placed Kaplan as No 44 (out of 50) for the year 2019. Without divulging details, the website added that her 2018 revenue was made up of “eight figures”. She co-founded the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund in the same year, which has raised more than $22 million to assist women in pursuing legal action in incidents of workplace sexual harassment and assault.
Kaplan in 2017 left the partnership of Paul Weiss to launch her own litigation boutique, Kaplan Hecker & Fink. Above The Law reported that the venture is the only women-led boutique company to match Cravath's new compensation scale in its first year of operation. The Cravath scale dictates how much Biglaw associates are paid. For example, the class of 2017 was paid $190,000. According to her LinkedIn profile, Kaplan is a partner at Kaplan Hecker & Fink, from where a substantial amount of her net worth should roll in from. She is also an adjunct professor at the Columbia Law School.
Kaplan has also authored 'Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA', which was picked by the L.A. Times as one of the best books of the year, and one of the top ten books of 2015, according to the New York Times, as mentioned on her website.