Gerald A. Klein

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Newport Beach, CA

Klein & Wilson
 | 4770 Von Karman Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: 949-478-0521
Fax: 949-631-3703
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (50%)
    Attorney Profile

    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.  In 2014, 2015, and 2019, he was listed in the Super Lawyers® Top 50 Orange County list.  Mr. Klein was also listed in the Super Lawyers® Top 100 Southern California list in 2019.  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.

    Practice Areas
    • 50%Business Litigation
    • 50%Professional Liability
    Focus Areas

    Legal Malpractice


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 16 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2020

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    About Gerald Klein

    Admitted: 1982, California

    Professional Webpage:


    • America's Top 100 Attorneys
    • Top 50: 2015 Orange County Super Lawyers ® List
    • OC's Top Attorneys - Raising the Bar and Setting New Precedents, OC Metro (2013)
    • The Dean's List - OC's Top Attorneys, OC Metro (August 2011)
    • Trial Lawyer of the Year, Professional Negligence, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, 2009
    • Super Lawyers® 2005-2008
    • Fellow of American College of Trial Lawyers
    • Best Lawyers, 2015 - Present
    • OC's Most Notable Lawyers, OC Metro (August 2012)
    • The Legal Eagles - OC's Top Attorneys, OC Metro (August 2010)
    • Super Lawyers® Corporate Counsel Edition 2008
    • Trial Lawyer of the Year Business Litigation, Orange County Trial Lawyers, 2003
    • SuperLawyers, 2005 - Present
    • Super Lawyers ® 2014
    • Super Lawyers ® 2012
    • Super Lawyers® 2010
    • Trial Lawyer of the Year, Business Litigation, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, 200

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Association of Business Trial Lawyers - Orange County, Board of Governors, 2004 - Present
    • College of Trial Advocacy, Chairman, 2002
    • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1983
    • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 2017-Present
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2013
    • California, 2016
    • Chair, Business Litigation Section of Orange County Bar Association, 2001
    • Orange County Bar Association, Business Litigation Section, Chairman, 2001
    • Association of Business Trial Lawyers - Orange County, Annual Event Chair, 2008 - 2009
    • California, 1982
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1990
    • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, 2002 - Present
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1986
    • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2007 - Present
    • Association of Business Trial Lawyers - Orange County, Program Chair, 2007
    • Orange County Bar Association, Member, 1991 - Present
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1985
    • American Board of Trial Advocates, Associate, 2009 - Present
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1986
    • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 2002 - 2006

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Animations - Star Wars Technology in the Courtroom, Forum (December 1998)
    • Taking Care of Business on a Contingency Fee, OCTLA Gavel (April 2003)
    • The CEO as Witness: Super Hero or Arch Villain, ABTL Report (Summer 2005)
    • Multi-Media Presentations at Mediation, Advocate (January 2006)
    • Creating a Masterpiece: The Art of Direct Examination, OCTLA Gavel (Spring 2010)
    • Legal Malpractice, Klein & Wilson Website (June 2010)
    • The Art of Cross-Examination, OCTLA Gavel (Fall 2010)
    • Proving Evidence of Financial Condition in Punitive Damage Cases, OCTLA Gavel (Winter 2013)
    • Telling a Winning Story at Trial, ABTL Report (Fall 2013)
    • Making Your Partnership a Success, The Recorder (October 2013)
    • Training for Tomorrow: Teaching the Expert Who is Leader of the Band, Business Law Today (March 2014)
    • Lecturer, Effective Use of Multimedia at Trial, College of Trial Advocacy, Orange County Bar Association, 2017
    • Lecturer, Mini Opening Statements and Voir Dire, Orange County Bar Association, 2016
    • Instructor, Telling The Story at Trial, University of California Irvine School of Law, 2014
    • Lecturer, Everyday Ethical Problems that Should Keep You Awake at Night, Orange County Bar Association, 2015
    • Lecturer, Representing Financial Institutions: Ethics, Etiquette, and Crisis Management, Orange County Bar Association Banking and Lending Section, 2014
    • Lecturer, Taking Apart an Expert, American Bar Association Business Law Section, 2013
    • Lecturer, Conflicts, The Silent Killer, Orange County Bar Association Trusts & Estates Section, 2013
    • Lecturer, Telling a Winning Story at Trial, American Bar Association, 2013
    • Instructor, Modern Trial Tactics, Law Firms and Government Agencies
    • Instructor, Modern Trial Tactics, University of California
    • Instructor, Construction Law, California State University
    • Panelist, Continuing Education of the Bar
    • Panelist, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
    • Panelist, Orange County Bar Association
    • Panelist, Orange County Bar Association Business Litigation Section
    • Prop. 51 and the House that Tech-Bilt, California Lawyer (November 1986)
    • Multimedia Trial Presentations Increase Chances of Defense Verdicts at Trial, Claims People (June 1996)
    • Litigation: Using Mock Trials Effectively, California Lawyer (May 1998)

    Representative Clients:

    • TriMas Corporation
    • Transammonia Corporation
    • Venture Communications, Inc.
    • Baldwin Lock
    • Utility Trailer
    • SunCoast Development
    • Delta Faucet
    • Dacor Corporation
    • Fulton Trailer Products
    • Spectrum Properties
    • Masco Corporation

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Chairman, Business Litigation Section of Orange County Bar Assn.Board of Governors, Association of Business Trial LawyersBoard of Directors, Orange County Trial Lawyers

    Educational Background:

    • State University of New York, Albany, New York, B.A., magna cum laude, Honors: New York State Regents Scholar, Honors: Phi Alpha Theta Award for History and Classics, Major: Greek and Roman Classics and History, 1978
    • Juris Doctor, University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California, 1982
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    Office Location for Gerald A. Klein

    4770 Von Karman Ave
    Newport Beach, CA 92660

    Phone: 949-478-0521

    Fax: 949-631-3703

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