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About me

Born in South Africa. Served articles under British tradition and worked as solicitor in Johannesburg.

Joined forces with John
McKasson as founding partner of firm in 1998.Member of International Bar Association (Maritime & Transport
Law Section), as well as a Proctor member of U.S. Maritime Law
Association. Frequent speaker at seminars and conferences. Published articles on international law, commercial litigation, maritime and transportation, and
employment issues for companies.

Expert witness before Beijing First Intermediate Court (2008), Supreme Court of Bahamas (2005) and Society of Maritime Arbitrators in New York (2010).

Used to be marathon runner. Fair game of tennis and bad golf. Like old movies.


Languages spoken: English, Dutch

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Practice areas


  1. Maritime: 25%
    32 years
  2. Employment: 25%
    22 years
  3. Business: 25%
    27 years
  4. International Law: 25%



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Pro bono (10%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael Robert Fischer

    Neil is a recognized leader in the field of admiralty law. His counsel to maritime interests throughout the world has earned him an uparalleled reputation for proven results. I strongly encourage any prospective client, or practicing attorneys in any other field, to turn to him for their maritime matters.


    Michael Fischer Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Calvin Chian-Sin Yap

    You cannot go wrong with Neil Klein. He is knowledgeable, meticulous, responsive, honest, aggressive and cost conscious. I have known Neil for over 10 years and have been impressed with his basic common sense. He instinctively knows how to balance the risks of litigation with the cost and possible outcomes. He has my highest recommendation. Just remember to ask for his friends and family rate.


    Calvin Yap Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

McKasson & Klein LLP

2211 Michelson Drive
Suite 230
Irvine, CA, 92612


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Corporate AttorneyOC Metro - AVVO2011
Top Corporate AttorneyOC Metro - AVVO2010
Proctor StatusMaritime Law Association of the United States2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMcKasson & Klein LLP1998 - Present
N/AWalsh Donovan Lindh & Keech LLP1994 - 1998
N/AWilliams Woolley Cogswell Nakazawa & Russell LLP1988 - 1993
N/AHaight Gardner Poor & Havens LLP1986 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
International Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
U.S. Maritime Law AssociationProctor Member1990 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1989 - Present
South African BarSolicitor1982 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Trans-Tec Asia v. m/v Harmony ContainerWon on Summary Judgment
Krish v. BalasubramaniamDefendant paid client $500,000
Applied Medical Distribution Corp. v. SA Biomedical Pty LtdClient dismissed from lawsuit for $0.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Maritime ExecutiveBeing "Found in District" Under Rule B Attachments2011
Maritime ExecutiveRule D Arrests2010
Maritime Executive"Ports of Refuge" for Vessels in Distress2009
Florida ShipperHow to stop Foreign litigation2008
JulukaSteps to Consider in Starting a Business in California2007
Beacon - SKULD MagazineAmerican Style Discovery2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of NatalLawN/A1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
International Bar AssociationMaritime bankruptcies2012
Florida Bar - 9th Annual International Litigation & Arbitration ConferenceYour Foreign Client is Sued in U.S. - Now What?2011
International Maritime Law Conference - ConnecticutShipping in New Financial Era - How to Recover your Property under Rule D2010
International Bar Association - VancouverCruise Industry - Liability, Limitations & Piracy2010
3rd Asian Maritime Law Conference - SingaporeRecent Developments on U.S. West Coast2010
International Bar Association - MadridEnforcement of Liens2009
International Bar Association - MadridRule B Attachments2009
British American Business Council - Newport BeachEmployee Layoffs in Shrinking Economy2009
International Bar Association - Buenos AiresAnti-Suit Injunctions re Foreign Parallel Litigation2008
2nd Asian Maritime Law Seminar – SingaporeArrest & Attachment Remedies re Bunker Claims2008
Foreign Corporations doing Business in California - Costa MesaBusiness formation, contracts & employment considerations2007