Amit R. Vora is counsel at Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP. An experienced litigator and appellate advocate, Amit has filed scores of briefs and has presented numerous oral arguments in federal and state courts. He has argued, for example, before the D.C. Circuit, the Seventh Circuit, eight times before the Second Circuit, and over a dozen times before the New York State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division.
Amit joined Kaplan Hecker from the Office of the New York State Attorney General, Division of Appeals and Opinions, where he litigated federal and state appeals as an Assistant Solicitor General. The subjects of his cases ranged widely, from the First Amendment implications of social media profiles, to the constitutionality of firearms regulations under the Second Amendment. Prior to serving in that role, Amit was a supervising attorney and teaching fellow with the Georgetown Law Center’s Appellate Courts Immersion Clinic. While there, he led student counsel and litigated matters involving consumer-protection statutes and class actions. He also worked on complex commercial, securities, and pharmaceutical-products matters for corporate clients as an associate with Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., and Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City. Those representations spanned a broad array of topics, such as personal jurisdiction, preemption, and the reliability of scientific expert evidence under Daubert.
Amit served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edward C. Prado (Ret.) on the Fifth Circuit and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was awarded the Dean’s Scholar Prize in Advanced Constitutional Law and was a research assistant for Professor Jon Hanson. He also holds an LL.M. in appellate advocacy from Georgetown Law Center and a B.A. in cognitive science from Yale College, where he graduated cum laude and with distinction in the major and researched for Professor Dan Kahan.
Amit is also active in local bar associations and legal committees. For example, as a Judicial Screening Panelist for the New York County Democratic Committee, he evaluates and reports on the qualifications of judicial candidates for New York Civil, Surrogate’s, and Supreme Court. And through the South Asian Bar Association of New York’s Judiciary Committee, he vets and endorses candidates of South Asian descent for federal and state judgeships.
Amit is the author of several scholarly pieces, including Defending an Under-21 Firearm Ban under the Second Amendment Two Step, 71 Stanford Law Review Online 1 (2018), and Constitutional Crowding and the Problem of Executive Knavery, 85 Albany Law Review --- (forthcoming 2022).