Brian Klein

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Baker Marquart LLP
 | 777 South Figueroa St., Suite 2850
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 424-652-7800
Fax: 424-652-7878
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2008
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (80%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

Brian Klein is an accomplished trial attorney who has successfully litigated in federal and state court. His practice focuses on high-stakes criminal and regulatory defense matters and civil litigation, and he aggressively and effectively advocates for his clients in a wide variety of state and federal forums. He is a former federal prosecutor with extensive trial experience, and he is known for his superior courtroom skills. He teaches a criminal practice seminar at the USC Gould School of Law.  

Brian often represents successful entrepreneurs and professionals, iconoclastic companies, celebrities, and high-profile start-ups and fast growing businesses in connection with the most important legal issues facing them whether civil, regulatory, or criminal. As an example, he presently represents Marcus Hutchins, who is worldwide hero due to his assistance stopping the “WannaCry” ransomware attack in May 2017, in a prosecution based out of the Eastern District of Wisconsin for cyber-related crimes dating back to 2014-15. As another example, he currently represents Arthur and Kathleen Breitman, as well as their company, in connection with securities class action lawsuits involving the Tezos crowdfunding, which raised over $230 million. He also successfully defended Cesar Millan (the “Dog Whisperer”) when the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Control and District Attorney’s Office investigated allegations of animal abuse tied to one of Mr. Millan’s television shows. The authorities ultimately concluded Mr. Millan did nothing wrong and did not bring any charges. Based on his accomplishments, Brian has been repeatedly recognized as a “Super Lawyer” (including for 2018 as a Top 100 lawyer overall in Southern California) and he is frequently sought ought by the media to comment on pressing legal issues.

He has extensive experience with cutting-edge technology cases, including representing entrepreneurs, start-ups, and early adopters in all types of criminal and regulatory defense matters and civil litigation (including bankruptcy proceedings). He founded and chairs the board of directors of the non-profit Digital Currency and Ledger Defense Coalition and chairs the American Bar Association’s blockchain technology, digital currency, and ICO national institute, which will be held in New York City this year. He serves as an advisor to BlockSeer, a blockchain analytics company, and formerly volunteered as the outside general counsel and chair of the legal advocacy committee for the Bitcoin Foundation. He speaks about Fintech around the world at, among other places, global law firms, major payments and technology companies, and industry conferences. Chambers recently recognized as Brian as “the leading cryptocurrency trial attorney in the USA.”

Brian is admitted to practice in the states of California, Washington, and New York and before numerous federal courts around the country (including the Central and Northern Districts of California and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York). He graduated from New York University School of Law and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington.

 

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense: White Collar (80%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Business Litigation (20%)

Focus Areas

White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 5 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2019

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About Brian Klein

Admitted: 2008, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.bakermarquart.com/attorneys/brian_klein

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Bar Association
  • California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Founder and Chair, Board of Directors, Digital Currency and Ledger Defense Coalition
  • Chair, American Bar Association’s Blockchain Technology and Digital Currency National Institute

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Panelist, “Law Enforcement & Anonymous Transactions,” Consensus 2016, New York, NY, May 2016
  • Panelist, “21st Century Tools for Design, Delivery and Payment of Goods and Content,” International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition Annual Spring Meeting, San Diego, California, April 2015
  • Panelist, Regulatory Compliance Issues and Law Enforcement Efforts, MecklerMedia’s Inside Bitcoins Conferences, Berlin, Germany, March 2015 (and February 2014); Las Vegas, Nevada, October 2014 (and December 2013); London, England, September 2014; New York, New York, April 2014 (and April 2015); Hong Kong, China, May 2015; Chicago, Illinois, July 2015; Seoul, Korea, December 2015; and San Diego, California, December 2015
  • Guest Lecturer, “The Law and Business of Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies,” New York University School of Law, November 2014
  • Speaker, “Game Changers (Bitcoin),” Defense Research Institute’s Annual Conference, San Francisco, California, October 2014
  • Moderator, “Keynote Debate: Bitcoin” (Barry Silbert of SecondMarket, Jeremy Liew of Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Jennifer Shasky Calvery, Director of FinCEN), Future: Mobile 2014, San Francisco, California, June 2014   
  • Panelist, “Perspectives on Government Relations,” Bitcoin 2014: Building the Digital Economy (the Bitcoin Foundation), Amsterdam, Netherlands, May 2014
  • Panelist, “Regulatory and Legal Challenges,” CoinSummit 2014, San Francisco, California, March 2014
  • Panelist, “Information Governance & eDiscovery,” Intermountain eDiscovery Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 2013
  • Co-Presenter, “Bitcoins Move Into the Mainstream,” Dropbox, San Francisco, California, July 2013
  • Panelist, "Issues of Regulatory Compliance," Bitcoin 2013: The Future of Payments (Bitcoin Foundation), San Jose, California, May 2013
  • “The Fifth Amendment and Bitcoin: Why the Battle is About to Begin,” Coindesk, February 18, 2016
  • “The CFTC’s Not-So-Hidden Message: Traders Beware,” Coindesk (co-authored with Geoffrey Aronow of Sidley Austin), October 3, 2015
  • “Does 18 U.S.C. § 1960 create felony liability for bitcoin businesses,” Coin Center, July 21, 2015
  • “Why The SEC Delay Over Crowdfunding Rules Is Stifling Bitcoin Innovation,” Coindesk (co-authored with Molly White of McGuireWoods), June 13, 2014
  • “US Tax Man Speaks For The First But Not Last Time,” Coindesk (co-authored with Jay Weill of Sideman & Bancroft), April 6, 2014
  • “Treasury Department Wary of Virtual Currencies,” The Daily Journal, April 10, 2013

Educational Background:

  • University of Washington
Office Location for Brian Klein

777 South Figueroa St.
Suite 2850
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Phone: 424-652-7800

Fax: 424-652-7878

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Last Updated: 11/19/2018

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