Richard A. Klass

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in Brooklyn, NY

Law Offices of Richard A. Klass
 | 16 Court Street, 28th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11241-0102
Phone: 718-643-6063
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1992
Education: New York Law School
Practice Areas:
  • General Litigation (30%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Richard A. Klass is the quintessential “Court Street lawyer,” as defined by The New York Times, a “street‑smart sharpie with verve, hustle and a striver’s charisma.” Practicing law much like a critical care doctor functions, Klass is the lawyer clients appreciate when the issue is so vital. Practicing primarily in the areas of commercial litigation, debt collection and enforcement of judgments, legal malpractice, and real estate litigation, his firm also represents clients in bankruptcy, civil appeals, and federal court litigation. Mr. Klass lectures and writes extensively for lawyers and industry professionals.

Mr. Klass serves as a Trustee of the Brooklyn Bar Association, Member of the Grievance Committee for the Appellate Division, Second Department, Former Chair of the General Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association, Co-Editor of the New York State Bar Association’s General Practice Section One on One Publication, and an Arbitrator, Small Claims Part of the Civil Court of the City of New York, County of Kings. He also served as a representative to the Statewide Special Counsel for the Supreme Court’s Commercial Division. Mr. Klass also serves as a Fee Arbitrator in the Part 137 Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Program. He has been selected for the New York Super Lawyers List.

In 1989, Mr. Klass received his Bachelor of Arts at Hofstra University and his Juris Doctorate at New York Law School in 1992. He was the Recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award in Conflict of Laws. Mr. Klass is admitted to the following jurisdictions: State of New York (1992); State of New Jersey (1993); U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (1992); U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (1992); U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey (1993); U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (1999); and the U.S. Supreme Court (1997).

Richard Klass has been a formative voice within New York law circles both for the high standards of his work as well as his extensive writings, lectures, and appearances in the media. He reaches an audience of lawyers and non-lawyers equally through publications which include his quarterly newsletter, Law Currents and his blogs Law Currents and The Legal Malpractice Blog, New York. His books include Killing the “Zombies”: Recent Changes to New York State’s Foreclosure Laws (published 2017), Attorney’s Liens and Legal Fee Enforcement (2015), Retention and Withdrawal of Counsel: a guide for attorneys (2015), and Successfully Defending Your Credit Card Lawsuit: What to do if you are sued for a credit card debt (2013). The newsletter and blog, Law Currents, with tens of thousands of readers combined, is particularly popular. Written in a style that appeals to nearly anyone who likes a good story, this two-page illustrated quarterly features entertaining and informative case studies written in plain English.

 

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

General Litigation (30%)

Civil Litigation (50%)

Professional Liability (20%): Professional Malpractice - Other

Focus Areas

Professional Liability: Professional Malpractice - Other

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 3 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2017

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About Richard Klass

Admitted: 1992, New York

Professional Webpage: http://www.courtstreetlaw.com/attorneys_and_staff.html

Honors and Awards:

  • Recipient of Award in Conflict of Laws, American Jurisprudence Award, 1992
  • Recipient, Distinguished Service Award of the Brooklyn Bar Association, May 2011

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Arbitrator, Part 137 Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program
  • Arbitrator, Small Claims Part of the Civil Court of the City of New York, County of Kings

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Lecturer on “An Analysis of Collection Ethics,” Brooklyn Bar Association, December 2011
  • Member, Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability of the American Bar Association
  • Representative to the Statewide Special Counsel for the Commercial Division of the New York State Unified Court System, 2007-2009
  • Chair, Mentor Committee of the Brooklyn Bar Association, 2010-2014
  • Co-Chair of the Publications Committee of the New York State Bar Association General Practice Section
  • Co-Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee, Brooklyn Bar Association
  • Chair, New York State Bar Association General Practice Section, 2014-2015
  • Trustee, Brooklyn Bar Association, Classes of 2007, 2010 and 2013

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Secretary to Board of Directors, Congregation B'nai Avraham, 1999-2005
  • Mentor, New York County Lawyers Association Group Mentoring Program
  • Pro Bono Counsel, Brooklyn Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Fellow, The New York Bar Foundation

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Successfully Defending Your Credit Card Lawsuit: What to Do If You Are Sued for a Credit Card Debt (2013)
  • Attorney’s Liens and Legal Fee Enforcement: What to do if your client stops paying you (2015)
  • Killing the “Zombies”: Recent Changes to New York State’s Foreclosure Laws (2017)
  • Presenter of speaker on “Social Media: Tips and Ethical Issues,” New York State Bar Association General Practice Section’s Fall Meeting, September 2014
  • Moderator for “Social Media: Tips and Ethical Issues,” Trade Brooklyn, April 2014
  • Public forum speaker on “Consumer Debt and Bankruptcy,” Brooklyn Bar Association Foundation Law Program, March 2014
  • Judge of mock hearing on “The Mechanics and Merits of Fee Dispute Arbitration,” Brooklyn Bar Association, May 2013
  • Lecturer on “Scanning and Electronic Document Production: Technical and Ethical Concerns,” Brooklyn Bar Association, December 2012
  • Lecturer on “Attorney’s Liens,” New York State Bar Association, November 2012
  • Lecturer on “Ethical Issues in Debt Collection,” National Business Institute, November 2011
  • Lecturer on “Attorney’s Liens and Fee Arbitration,” Joint Program of the Network of Bar Leaders, Asian American Bar Association of New York and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, October 2011
  • Moderator for “Do’s and Don’ts in Landing a Law Firm Job,” Brooklyn Bar Association, November 2010
  • Moderator for “What Supreme Court Justices Want You to Know,” St. Francis College, May 2010
  • Moderator for “Foreclosure Update 2009,” Volunteer Lawyers Project, September 2009
  • Instructor on “A Lawyer’s Understanding of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act,” Marino Institute for Continuing Legal Education, December 2009
  • Lecturer on “The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act,” National Business Institute, November 2009
  • Lecturer on “Post-Judgment Collection: Getting Consumer Debtors to Pay,” National Business Institute, April 2009
  • Lecturer on “Analysis of the Exempt Income Protection Act,” Kings County Housing Court Bar Association, February 2009
  • Moderator, “Foreclosure Scams, Short-sales and Workouts,” Brooklyn Bar Association, November 2008
  • Panelist on “The Civil Court Experience,” at the New York City Debt Working Conference: A Blueprint for Reform, for The Feerick Center for Social Justice at Fordham Law School, June 2008
  • Trainer on debt collection issues for the Civil Court of the City of New York Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office (CLARO), Civil Court, New York County, February 2007
  • Lecturer, “Successful Judgment Collection in New York,” National Business Institute, March 2004, March 2006; May 2008
  • Article on “Equitable Estoppel of a Mortgagee’s Claim,” New York State Bar Association – General Practice Section publication, Spring 2007
  • Article on “Insurance Needs for your Law Firm,” New York County Lawyer, January/February 2008
  • Article on “New York’s Adherence to Zubulake v. UBS Warburg,” NYSBA One on One Journal, Spring 2012
  • Article on “Client cannot sue his lawyer for nonpecuniary damages,” NYSBA One on One Journal, Summer 2012

Newsletters:

  • LawCURRENTS is a free and entertaining quarterly newsletter written by Richard Klass., Law Currents

Industry Groups

  • Brooklyn Bar Association; New York State Bar Association; New York County Lawyers' Association;
  • Office Location for Richard A. Klass

    16 Court Street
    28th Floor
    Brooklyn, NY 11241-0102

    Phone: 718-643-6063

     

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