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Gerald A. Klein

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Partner, Klein & Wilson
Newport Beach, California

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. Read more about the significant results Mr. Klein has achieved.

He has been acknowledged as a Southern California Super Lawyer® for eight consecutive years in the areas of business litigation, professional liability, and real estate matters. He 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.

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.

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 will also be teaching trial practice at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, beginning 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.

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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Bar Admissions

  • California, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1986


  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1982
    • Honors: Russell P. Serber Memorial Scholar
  • State University of New York, Albany, New York
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1978
    • Honors: New York State Regents Scholar
    • Honors: Phi Alpha Theta Award for History and Classics
    • Major: Greek and Roman Classics and History


  • 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

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Associate, 2009 - Present
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, 2002 - Present
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 2002 - 2006
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2007 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Business Litigation Section, Chairman, 2001
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers - Orange County, Board of Governors, 2004 - Present
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers - Orange County, Program Chair, 2007
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers - Orange County, Annual Event Chair, 2008 - 2009
  • College of Trial Advocacy, Chairman, 2002
  • Orange County Bar Association, Member, 1991 - Present

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