Gerald A. Klein has tried more than 30 cases to verdict. His success in the courtroom is underscored by the numerous accolades and recognitions he has achieved throughout his career, including selection by his peers as “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association in 2003 and again in 2009.
Mr. Klein represents both plaintiffs and defendants in business litigation, real estate, trade secrets, professional negligence, unfair competition and insurance bad faith. He has also served as an expert in legal malpractice matters.
His tenacity in the courtroom led to a $26 million recovery, including punitive damages, in a breach of contract/fraud case against a major media company. Mr. Klein recovered $10 million in a legal malpractice case against one of California’s largest law firms and $12 million in a breach of contract case that settled on the first day of trial.
He has been acknowledged as a Southern California Super Lawyer for ten consecutive years in the areas of business litigation, professional liability: plaintiff and real estate. He is also recognized as one of the elite trial attorneys in Orange County by OC Metro magazine. He achieved an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell denoting the highest level of professional excellence from his peers.
He began his career as a prosecutor in the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, one of the toughest prosecutorial offices in California. As a district attorney, Mr. Klein became a hard-nosed trial lawyer and gained substantial jury trial experience.
He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a national organization whose membership includes top trial lawyers who have handled a certain number of jury trials. In 2001, Mr. Klein was elected as Chairman of the of the Orange County Bar Association’s (OCBA) Business Litigation section, the largest section in the OCBA. In 2005, Mr. Klein served on the Board of Governors for the Orange County Association of Business Trial Lawyers for two consecutive terms, which is rare for a member to serve consecutive terms. In 2006, he served as the educational chairman for the OCBA.
Mr. Klein obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 1982 and graduated magna cum laude from one of the flagship state universities in New York. During law school, Mr. Klein received the Russell P. Serber Memorial Scholarship.
Mr. Klein attributes his success in the courtroom to his experience as a champion high school wrestler. “I learned a lot from wrestling. I learned that what happens on the day of the match is not as much about what happened that day but, rather, it is about what happened in the months of preparation leading up to the event. Winning depends less upon who is stronger but more upon who is better prepared and more determined to win. Most importantly, I learned I hate to lose.”
Licensed since 1982
I have worked with Gerry Klein since 1990. He is the best trial attorney I know. He identifies key issues in cases quickly, plots out a strategy to obtain the best result for clients and then executes that strategy in a style that impresses judges and jurors. Recognizing that attorneys have a short amount of time to present their clients' stories, Gerry finds unique ways to explain complicated concepts to jurors in a manner they can follow. Often, this means Gerry creates unique animations and other graphics which tell the client's story and causes jurors to see themselves in the story. Gerry is respected by judges and his peers, and his results speak for themselves.
Mark Wilson Litigation Attorney
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers||2014|
|Super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers||2013|
|Super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers||2012|
|The Dean's List - OC's Top Attorneys||OC Metro Magazine||2011|
|Super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers||2011|
|The Legal Eagles - OC's Top Attorneys||OC Metro Magazine||2010|
|Super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers||2010|
|Super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers||2009|
|Trial Lawyer of the Year, Professional Negligence||Orange County Trial Lawyers Association||2009|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyer Corporate Counsel Edition||2008|
|Super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers||2008|
|Super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers||2007|
|Super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers||2006|
|Super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers||2005|
|Trial Lawyer of the Year for Business Litigation||Orange County Trial Lawyers Association||2003|
|Partner||Klein & Wilson||1994 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|The American Board of Trial Advocates||Associate||2009 - Present|
|Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Orange County chapter)||Annual Event Chair||2008 - 2009|
|Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Orange County chapter)||Program Chair||2007 - 2007|
|Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Orange County chapter)||Educational Chairman||2006 - 2006|
|Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Orange County chapter)||Board of Governors||2004 - Present|
|Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Orange County chapter)||Board of Trustees||2004 - Present|
|Orange County Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|Orange County Trial Lawyers Association||Board of Directors||2002 - 2006|
|College of Trial Advocacy||Chairman||2002 - 2002|
|Orange County Bar Association, Business Litigation Section||Chairman||2001 - 2001|
|Orange County Bar Association||Member||1991 - Present|
|ReadyLink HealthCare v. Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith, LLP||$10 Million|
|STM Wireless, Inc. v. AmeriData, a Subsidiary of General Electric||$2 Million|
|CD Listening Bar, Inc. v. Doe Major Accounting Firm||$2 Million|
|Business Law Today||Training for Tomorrow: Teaching the Expert Who is Leader of the Band||2014|
|The Gavel (OCTLA)||Proving Evidence of Financial Condition in Punitive Damage Cases||2013|
|Association of Business Trial Lawyers Report||Telling a Winning Story at Trial||2013|
|The Recorder||Making Your Partnership a Success||2013|
|The Gavel (OCTLA)||Creating a Masterpiece: The Art of Direct Examination||2010|
|Klein & Wilson Website||Legal Malpractice||2010|
|The Gavel (OCTLA)||The Art of Cross-Examination||2010|
|Advocate||Multi-Media Presentations at Mediation||2006|
|ABTL Report||The CEO as Witness: Super Hero or Arch Villain||2005|
|OCTLA Gavel||Taking Care of Business on a Contingency Fee||2003|
|California Lawyer Magazine||Litigation: Using Mock Trials Effectively||1998|
|Forum||Animations - Star Wars Technology in the Courtroom||1998|
|Claims People||Multimedia Trial Presentations Increase Chances of Defense Verdicts at Trial||1996|
|California Lawyer Magazine||Prop. 51 and the House that Tech-Bilt||1986|
|University of California at Los Angeles School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1982|
|State University of New York||Greek and Roman Classics and History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1978|
|Seminar||Everyday Ethical Problems that Should Keep You Awake at Night||2015|
|Seminar||Representing Financial Institutions: Ethics, Etiquette, and Crisis Management||2014|
|Class lecturer||Telling the Story at Trial||2014|
|Seminar||Telling a Winning Story at Trial||2013|
|Seminar||Conflicts, The Silent Killer||2013|
|Seminar||Taking Apart an Expert||2013|
|Seminar||Modern Trial Tactics||N/A|