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Jose A. Klein

Employment and labor Attorney at Portland, OR

4.9   27 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 10 years
    Oregon - OR 15 years
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2014
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Jose

Learn Jose’s areas of practice.

Tenacious. Smart. Compassionate. A Harvard Law School graduate, Jose Klein specializes in client-focused representation in employment law and civil rights matters in Oregon and Washington. Achieving justice and fairness for his clients is his mission. Getting there requires understanding the unique needs and concerns of the individuals and small businesses who hire him. It also requires the courage to fight for what is right.

Prior to co-founding Klein Munsinger, Jose gained skills and insights as a litigator and labor negotiator at top local and national employment and labor law firms. He spent nearly a decade developing inside knowledge about how employers and employers’ attorneys approach workplace disputes. Now running his own shop, Jose applies those insights to vindicate the rights of victims of harassment, discrimination and retaliation at work. Jose represents victims of discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, disability and other protected classifications. He litigates wage and hour claims, violations of protected leave laws, and breach of contract cases.

Location

Klein Munsinger, LLC
1215 SE 8th Avenue Suite F
Portland, OR, 97214

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Teela | October 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Brilliant, compassionate, skilled lawyer
Jose Klein is a very intelligent, compassionate lawyer, and an overall really nice person! He listened to me rant and rave about the treatment I endured from my former employer, and never once made me feel silly or out of line. He was the only person who actually acknowledged that it was wrong how they treated me, and that was really huge for me in that moment. He isn’t only kind and attentive to your concerns, but he’s also a genius and can truly hear what you are saying, and articulate it back and into a way that actually makes sense. I have nothing but great things to say about Jose and Damien, and I definitely recommend them to anyone who needs a top notch labor/employment lawyer.
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Posted by Doug | March 17, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Assistants helpful and service-minded
I contacted this firm with some questions about employer privacy law, and slanderous behavior. While they didn't think they could help me, the Operations Manager I spoke with was diligent and respectful of my situation. She advised me about the manner in which my employer might act at this point, and directed me towards resources that might be helpful without charging a dime. I only wish they could take my case. Thank you for being a breath of fresh air!
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Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honestly, look no further.
Honestly, look no further. In my opinion, there is no better employment and civil rights attorney in Oregon or Washington. He represented me skillfully, and I would recommend Jose Klein, Esq. with zero hesitation. He’s super smart and will get you to the finish line with his ability to think about things as a whole. Employment and civil rights cases can be very emotional; and, trust me, you will need an intelligent, level-headed attorney working for you if you want to come out ahead.
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Posted by Darby | January 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
I was referred to Jose and his team by a contract attorney who I had used in the past. I had interviewed a few attorneys to represent me and after my initial meeting with him, it was a no-brainer. From the very start, I felt like I could trust Jose. He was an attentive listener and made me feel acknowledged, respected, and valued. I wanted an attorney who would fight for me, and someone who I could trust had my best intentions at heart. Jose and his team were diligent, meticulous, and incredibly talented when it came to handling and planning a strategy for my case. They very thorough when explaining certain scenarios, and what to expect throughout the entire process. Jose was aggressive when he needed to be, sympathetic to my emotions and completely exceeded my expectations. Jose and Russell were there for me from start to finish and answered every question and phone call even at inconvenient times. I never felt like I was bothering them or coming to them with a stupid or obvious question. I felt validated, safe, and important to them. The outcome of my case was a positive one and I can't sing their praises enough.
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Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Customer Service
The phone call was answered. My concerns were addressed. It took ten minutes. Very knowledgeable staff.
Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Advice that is priceless
I was having issues with my employer and felt powerless! After speaking with Laura I found my voice and able to get what I deserved. The compassion and understanding was priceless.
Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
High integrity, kind, and very intelligent
I was fortunate to be referred to Jose Klein by an attorney that had worked with him on the opposing side. The referral from the other attorney (there was a conflict for him to take my case) wasn't a simple "call this guy". He explained that his prior experience with Jose was unlike others with opposing counsel. He described him as honest, very bright, authentic, and that he believed he guided his clients with the client's best interest in mind. Legal matters are emotional for people and I wanted to work with someone who could understand my interests and position, would be a reflective listener, could be straight with me and if he believed in my case would guide me to a point of resolution. Jose Klein did just that and worked with me to resolve my case before needing to file a lawsuit. Although the situation was not pleasant, I really liked this person and felt very fortunate to have him representing me in the matter. I would highly recommend Jose Klein for representation in an employment matter. He knows what he is doing and he is clearly respected by his peers. That speaks volumes.
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Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you Jose!
Jose was my attorney that took care of an employment matter for me. Throughout the process, which was about 18 months, he listened to my concerns and walked me through each process. He is a kind soul, he would often check to make sure I was emotionally and mentally doing well. Although my matter was a challenging one, we had a positive outcome!
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Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An excellent experience
Jose was fantastic to work with. He was quick to respond and get things done, easy to interact with and he achieved the result I was looking for in a very short time period. I had a somewhat odd set of circumstances surrounding my case, and Jose handled that incredibly deftly. I would recommend him unconditionally!
Posted by Anthony | November 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
When no one else would even listen...
Both Jose and Damien were quick to see that I had been wronged by my previous employer. Other attorneys basically told me to file a BOLI claim, which would have taken forever, and precluded me from seeking penalty wages. Jose took my case on quickly, and wasted no time getting to work. Damien then stepped in, and finished my case in amazing time! These gentlemen are extremely professional and proficient in their field, while at the same time retaining a personable relationship with me. I felt that at any time I could ask either of them anything about the status of my case, and they would respond without hesitation, and in a way that made me feel like I mattered to them. I can't say enough about Klein Munsinger. I would recommend them to anyone needing legal assistance with any wage issue.
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Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
I had a great experience with Jose. Right from the start he was straight-forward and clearly knows what he is doing. He provided great council in an unpaid wages case and quickly settled our case for exactly what we had hoped for. Would highly recommend.
Posted by Chris | October 13, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very knowledgable
Not only did Jose review my paperwork without asking to do so, he advised me when I could not get straight answer from others. He takes pride in his career and shows. Thank you Jose.
Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lawyer
Jose responded to my initial inquiry quickly, listened carefully, summarized my situation accurately, and provided several options to me, should I decide to hire him. I found him to be a responsive and strategic partner in resolving my legal matter. He was sincerely understanding, took no guff from opposing counsel's large law firm, and actively pursued (and got) the best outcome for me. While "sense of humor" was not on the list of qualities I considered when seeking legal representation, Jose happens to have a great sense of humor which helped me to keep my sense of perspective (and humor!) during a difficult time. I recommend him enthusiastically!
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Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Invaluable counsel
Jose is a very smart, caring, thorough, and generous attorney. I hired him on a sensitive, complex matter involving my employer. He not only provided expert legal analysis, but gave invaluable advice on how to approach difficult conversations with my employer—always with a view to my wellbeing. On top of that, he was always responsive and available for questions and clearly gave my case a lot of thought. He embodies every sense of the word “counsel.” I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Fernando | May 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, caring, experienced and very effective
I had a wonderful experience with Jose. He represented me and took the time to really understand the situation. From day one I felt that I was in really good hands with someone who made it his mission to make sure I was heard and taken care of. Aside from being extremely knowledgeable, he is a wonderful person. I highly recommend him
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Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expertise when the "little guy" needs help!
I contacted Mr. Klein when my employer, a national multi-million dollar health conglomerate, refused to honor a contract and promises I had from a previous administration. At first, it seemed bleak. My employer brought forth their corporate lawyers and the new CEO tried to bully me into settling. Mr. Klein was open-minded, listened to my needs, and fought back. In the end, he was able to call the company's "bluff" and win me my deserved benefits. Thank you, Mr. Klein!
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Posted by Daniel | May 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
HOPE you get legal help this great.
My legal issues revolved around employment: tortious interference, and slander. Mssrs. Klein and Munsinger were the perfect foil to my hot demand to blow up everything to avenge my sense of justice. In retrospect, I wish I had that initial meeting on video so I could watch their methodical way of teasing out the core(s) of my complaints, engaging me in ways that allowed/forced me to examine issues objectively, and with a human/humane mien that showed they clearly understood my mindset and ethos. Ultimately, my resolution was not as fabulous as I wanted it to be, but these gentlemen understood What Is Possible, and outlined paths to be taken, pros/cons, and helped me arrive at decisions that were the right ones. Oh, I'm still aggrieved, but now know that it would be more unsatisfying, and expensive, to pursue litigation. Whatever they got in law school, every other attorney needs to get some of it.
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Posted by Jason | January 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A genuinely kind, funny, and professional lawyer who was a pleasure to work with
I hired Jose to help me negotiate and resolve a dispute involving wrongful termination and the negotiations and deliverance of a severance package. There were many moving parts to my case as I was a contractor with several differing contracts with my client, and Jose helped me understand what was legal and what was reasonable, then helped me get it. Throughout the discussions with the other side, Jose was always quick to respond, kept me totally informed, and provided great legal advice and explanations for the different situations I found myself negotiating. I'd hate to have done this without his help.
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Posted by Jonathan | September 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
I worked with Jose when he was on the employer side. He was wonderful to work, maintained personal relationships, responsive and brilliant at the same time. We worked through several issues and his insight always helped open doors to successful outcomes. His analysis and legal strategy also helped turn cases in our favor, cases that could easily have gone the other way. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to a friend or family.
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Posted by anonymous | July 26, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Honest and trustworthy
I have had the pleasure to work with Jose Klein through our agency, Latino Network. Latino Network has a respectable relationship with Jose. Jose is always receptive to our calls and emails regarding legal advice. Even when we had to call him at moment’s notice, he always remained calm in crisis situations. He is super friendly, courteous, incredibly professional, honest, trusted, talented and very knowledgeable in his work. Our experience has been positive, highly recommended
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 1-550 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-42%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Klein Munsinger
  • 2017 - Present
  • Associate
  • Fisher Phillips
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Associate
  • Barran Liebman, LLP
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Oregon Department Of Justice
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Judicial Clerk
  • Oregon Supreme Court
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Volunteer
  • United States Peace Corps
  • 2002 - 2004
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Education

  • Harvard University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of Amsterdam
  • MA - Masters
  • 2000
  • Vassar College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Arbitration Decision
  • Grievance Dismissed

Associations

  • Oregon State Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2021 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Inns of Court
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Dutch
  • Spanish

Publications

  • ABA The Developing Labor Law
  • Contributing Editor (Chapter 11)
  • 2017
  • Professional Liability Fund and Oregon State Bar Legal Publications
  • Oregon Statutory Time Limitations - Employment Law and Civil Rights
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Quarterly Task Force
  • Non-Economic Damages
  • 2018
  • NPELRA- Academy 2
  • Grievance Response
  • 2017
  • NPELRA - Academy 1
  • Introduction to Collective Bargaining
  • 2016
  • Annual conference
  • Effective discipline and discharge
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (18)
Endorse Jose
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jose is not only provides kind and compassionate counsel for his clients, but is also a world-class advocate and extremely knowledgeable in employment and labor. I consistently refer potential clients to Jose, knowing they will be provided with excellent advice and advocacy."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jose has a depth of experience in employment law, which sets him apart from many others in the legal community. Jose also possesses the work ethic and tenacity to tackle even the most complicated legal problem."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jose Klein is an excellent attorney who brings a decisive intelligence and gift for strategic thinking to all aspects of litigation. He is also fantastic to work with and is a great client communicator."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jose's clients benefit from his extensive experience in employment law gained at some of the most highly respected law firms in the Portland area. He is a strong advocate for employees who have been wrongfully terminated. I highly recommend him."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Jose is a superb litigator. He is the rare attorney who is both an analytical powerhouse and a charming orator. With an Ivy League pedigree and a clerkship at the Oregon Supreme Court, Jose's impressive credentials have positioned him as one of Oregon's premier attorneys. He is a master of the law who devises brilliant legal strategies that confound his opponents. In spite of his preternatural legal skills, Jose is a humble, down-to-earth person who is equally able to connect with a juror or a judge. I unequivocally recommend him to any person seeking a litigation attorney."
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