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Gerald A. Klein

Litigation Attorney at Newport Beach, CA

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About Gerald

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Mr. Klein has taken over 40 cases to verdict in jury trials and bench trials. 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.

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. Read more about Klein & Wilson's significant results.

Mr. Klein represents both plaintiffs and defendants in business litigation, legal malpractice, real estate, trade secrets, unfair competition, and insurance bad faith. He has also served as an expert witness in legal malpractice matters.

In 2017, Mr. Klein was inducted to the American College of Trial Lawyers, the most prestigious invitation only fellowship of trial lawyers in the United States. The College thoroughly investigates each nominee for admission and selects only those who have demonstrated the very highest standards of trial advocacy, ethical conduct, integrity, professionalism, and collegiality.

Mr. Klein has been selected to the Southern California Super Lawyers® list since 2005, and in 2015 he was listed in the Super Lawyers® Top 50 Orange County list. Mr. Klein is also recognized as one of the elite trial attorneys in Orange County by OC Register Metro magazine. He achieved an "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell denoting the highest level of professional excellence from his peers. Since 2015, Mr. Klein has been listed in Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

Mr. Klein 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, he became a hard-nosed trial lawyer and gained substantial jury trial experience.

Mr. Klein 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 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.

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.

In addition to being a full time trial lawyer, Mr. Klein also has taught college level courses on the law for the University of California and California State University Long Beach. Mr. Klein taught trial practice at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, in the fall of 2014. He has also given dozens of seminars to the largest law firms in the country on multimedia trial presentations. Mr. Klein's trial based presentation skills are so widely recognized that the Association of Business Trial Lawyers asked Mr. Klein to serve as one of the faculty in its annual seminar on the Art of Story Telling. In addition to speaking on legal subjects, Mr. Klein has also written numerous articles which have appeared in prominent legal publications, including an article accepted by the California State Bar for the continuing education of the bar.

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."

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Licensed for 40 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1982
Updated 11/30/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Gerald

Klein & Wilson Attorneys
4770 Von Karman Avenue
Newport Beach, CA, 92660

Reviews

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Posted by Julie Laughton | August 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
CEO
Gerald Klien was a complete professional from start to finish and handled my case with superior expertise and efficiency. I felt I was in good hand from day one until the victorious settlement of my lawsuit. Thank you Gerald and Brian. Julie Laughton of Julie Laughton Design Build
Posted by Michael | September 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
After I had been the victim of unconscionable (excessive) billing and negligence in provision of legal services by another attorney, Mr. Klein quickly negotiated a settlement to my great satisfaction. He promptly evaluated my case, determined strategy, and secured a result which exceeded expectations—for billing which was extremely fair. In conversations with Mr. Klein my anxiety and doubt was greatly relieved. In discussing details about your case with Mr. Klein, there will be no doubt as to their meaning, nor will you have any lingering doubt regarding the overall progress of your case. Mr. Klein’s manner is tough, direct, and refreshingly assuring. If you are so fortunate to be represented by him, you will be pleased with Mr. Klein, his law firm, and their care and effectiveness on your behalf.
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Posted by Jim | June 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gerald A Klein 5 STAR+++
Mr Klein represented my wife and I ,our company in one of the longest running litigations (11 years) in the Los Angeles Courts . We prevailed as defendants . After a 4 week jury trial, deliberation was short and brief virtually overnight as the jurors saw the truth and ruled in our favor. Mr Klein and Klein & Wilson is an extraordinary law firm that I would recommend to any individual , small or large companies. Mr Klein has the highest integrity which reflects in his personal attention to detail and positive litigation results. Klein & Wilson's billing practices are extremely fair based on the amount of detailed work they generate and dedication to their clients. Gerald and their firm deserves the highest award AVVO could bestow on a law firm because they truly represent how an attorney is suppose to represent,respect and treat a client.
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Posted by Roberto | September 1, 2012
Go To Trial Attorney
I have known Gerald Klein for more than 30 years and have referred him without hesitation or reservation on countless occasions, and certainly to my family and closest friends. Time and time again he and his firm achieved remarkable results for us on a variety of litigation matters, sometimes adverse to the biggest firms in the United States or even a government agency. Gerry and his partner, Mark, do their homework up front, grasp issues quickly and understand the pivotal issues and then determine the most efficient path to resolution. They implement the strategy without getting distracted by unimportant issues or difficult opposing counsel. They are skilled trial lawyers and know how to make complex issues understandable to jurors of all backgrounds. Most importantly, Gerry and Mark are honest and provide sound advice. Their approach of study and analysis up front lends itself to a wide variety of disciplines and matters, and is surprisingly absent from the approach taken by other attorneys I have used, even those at some of the “name brand” institutions. I would and have put my faith and confidence in Klein & Wilson on any matter where they felt they could be effective. They have never disappointed.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 625-695 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Klein & Wilson
  • 1994 - Present

Education

  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • State University of New York
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978

Legal Cases

  • Doe Corporation v. Doe Corporation (Case Confidential)
  • $715,000
  • Paritcher Khadem-Missagh v. Haroonian
  • $700,000
  • Doe v. Roe Corporation (Case Confidential)
  • $500,000
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Associations

  • Orange County Bar Association, Solo Practitioner/Small Firm Section
  • Chairman
  • 2018 - Present
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2017 - Present
  • The American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Associate
  • 2009 - Present
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Orange County chapter)
  • Board of Trustees
  • 2004 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - 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 - 2010
  • College of Trial Advocacy
  • Chairman
  • 2002 - 2002
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2002 - 2006
  • Orange County Bar Association, Business Litigation Section
  • Chairman
  • 2001 - 2001
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • US News and World Report
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Top 50 Orange County California Attorneys
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Top 100 Southern California Attorneys
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • US News and World Report
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • US News and World Report
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top 100 Southern California Attorneys
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top 50 Orange County California Attorneys
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • US News and World Report
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top 50 Orange County List
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Southern California List
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyers
  • US News and World Report
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyers
  • US News and World Report
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyers
  • US News and World Report
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyers
  • US News and World Report
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyers
  • US News and World Report
  • 2015
  • Top 50 Orange County List
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 50 Orange County List
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • OC's Top Attorneys - Raising the Bar and Setting New Precedents
  • OC Metro
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • OC's Most Notable Lawyers
  • OC Metro
  • 2012
  • The Dean's List - OC's Top Attorneys
  • OC Metro Magazine
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • The Dean's List - OC's Top Attorneys
  • OC Metro
  • 2011
  • The Legal Eagles - OC's Top Attorneys
  • OC Metro Magazine
  • 2010
  • The Legal Eagles - OC's Top Attorneys
  • OC Metro
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year, Professional Negligence
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 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
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Last Dash Seminar
  • Legal Malpractice and Fiduciary Duty Claims: Ethical Considerations, Avoicance and Defense
  • 2021
  • Last Dash Seminar
  • Everday Ethical Problems That Can Lead To Disaster
  • 2021
  • Orange County Bar Association Business Litigation Section
  • Preparing Experts for Deposition and Trial Testimony
  • 2020
  • Last Dash Seminar
  • Everyday Ethical Problems That Should Keep You Awake at Night
  • 2020
  • Last Dash Seminar
  • Legal Malpractice Claims: Elements, Avoidance, Prosecution, and Defense
  • 2020
  • Orange County Bar Association Business Litigation Section
  • Learning to try cases and training the next generation of trial lawyers
  • 2019
  • Last Dash Seminar
  • Legal Malpractice Claims: Elements, Avoidance, Prosecution, and Defense
  • 2019
  • Last Dash Seminar
  • Ethical Issues that Should Keep You Awake at Night
  • 2019
  • Lecture
  • Building Your Law Firm
  • 2018
  • Lecture
  • Ethical Issues That Should Keep You Awake at Night
  • 2018
  • Last Dash Seminar
  • Legal Malpractice
  • 2018
  • Last Dash Seminar
  • ABOTA Masters in Trial
  • 2018
  • Avoid Crippling Lawsuits and How to Win Them
  • Lecture
  • 2018
  • Lecturer
  • Legal Ethics for Large Firms
  • 2017
  • Lecturer
  • Mini Opening Statements and Voir Dire
  • 2016
  • 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
  • Construction Law
  • N/A
  • Seminar
  • Modern Trial Tactics
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (2)
Endorse Gerald
Litigation Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"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."

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Newport Beach Litigation Lawyer Gerald A. Klein
Gerald A. Klein
Litigation Attorney
Newport Beach, CA
Licensed for 40 years