Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C.

Aaron M. Fine

Aaron M. Fine, now of counsel, is the senior founding partner of Fine, Kaplan and Black. Mr. Fine is a 1948 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. During his long and distinguished career, Mr. Fine was a partner at Dilworth, Paxson, Kalish, Kohn and Levy and the Harold Kohn law firm before founding Fine, Kaplan and Black in 1975. Mr. Fine was a pioneer in the field of antitrust and securities class actions, trying and winning several of the very first such cases to go to trial.

For example, he, Harold Kohn, and Dolores Sloviter tried Philadelphia Electric v. Westinghouse (1964), the first of the national electrical equipment price-fixing cases to be tried, resulting in a large judgment for the plaintiffs. This case gave rise to modern multidistrict litigation.

In the securities field, he tried the plaintiffs' class action against Litton Industries in Gould v. American-Hawaiian Steamship Co., 387 F. Supp. 163 (D. Del. 1974), which resulted in a judgment in favor of the class. This was one of the first securities class actions to reach trial.

He remains, to this day, one of the most highly respected lawyers in the class action field.

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1949
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1960


  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1948, LL.B.
    Honors: Order of the Coif
    Law Review: Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1943, A.B.

Representative Cases

  • Philadelphia Electric v. Westinghouse, 1964 Trade Cas. (CCH) Sec. 71,234 (E.D. Pa. 1964)
  • Gould v. American-Hawaiian Steamship Co., 387 F. Supp. 163 (D. Del. 1974)