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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.”  


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Practice areas


  1. Business: 20%
  2. Real Estate: 20%
  3. Commercial Real Estate: 20%
  4. Construction: 20%
  5. Litigation: 20%



Hourly ($550/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Mark Bradley Wilson

    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 Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Klein & Wilson Attorneys

4770 Von Karman Avenue
Newport Beach, CA, 92660


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2012
The Dean's List - OC's Top AttorneysOC Metro Magazine2011
Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2011
The Legal Eagles - OC's Top AttorneysOC Metro Magazine2010
Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2010
Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2009
Trial Lawyer of the Year, Professional NegligenceOrange County Trial Lawyers Association2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyer Corporate Counsel Edition2008
Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2008
Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2007
Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2006
Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2005
Trial Lawyer of the Year for Business LitigationOrange County Trial Lawyers Association2003
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerKlein & Wilson1994 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
The American Board of Trial AdvocatesAssociate2009 - Present
Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Orange County chapter)Board of Governors2004 - Present
Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Orange County chapter)Board of Trustees2004 - Present
Orange County Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2002 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Orange County chapter)Annual Event Chair2008 - 2009
Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Orange County chapter)Program Chair2007 - 2007
Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Orange County chapter)Educational Chairman2006 - 2006
College of Trial AdvocacyChairman2002 - 2002
Orange County Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors2002 - 2006
Orange County Bar Association, Business Litigation SectionChairman2001 - 2001
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Los Angeles School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
State University of New YorkGreek and Roman Classics and HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SeminarEveryday Ethical Problems that Should Keep You Awake at Night2015
SeminarRepresenting Financial Institutions: Ethics, Etiquette, and Crisis Management2014
Class lecturerTelling the Story at Trial2014
SeminarTelling a Winning Story at Trial2013
SeminarConflicts, The Silent Killer2013
SeminarTaking Apart an Expert2013
SeminarConstruction LawN/A
SeminarModern Trial TacticsN/A