Gerald A. Klein P.C.

Gerald A. Klein P.C.

Klein & Wilson
  • Business Law, Intellectual Property, Legal Malpractice...
  • California
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Gerald A. Klein has tried more than 40 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, legal malpractice, real estate, trade secrets, unfair competition, and insurance bad faith. He has also served as an expert witness 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
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.

Education
SUNY
Undergraduate Degree
UCLA School of Law
Law Degree
Professional Experience
Managing Partner
Klein & Wilson
Current
Awards
Best Lawyers
U.S. News & World Report
Southern California Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers
Top 100 Southern California List
Super Lawyers
Top 50 Orange County List
Super Lawyers
Best Law Firms
U.S. News & World Report
Since 2016, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Klein & Wilson in its annual edition of "Best Law Firms." Klein & Wilson achieved a "Tier One" ranking in Orange County, California in the category of Commercial Litigation.
Best Lawyers
U.S. News & World Report
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AV
Martindale-Hubbell
Martindale-Hubbell awarded Mr. Klein Wilson, as well as the firm, its highest rating of "AV." The "A" represents the highest rating a lawyer can receive for professional skills, as ranked by other lawyers and judges. The "V" is the highest rating an attorney can receive for ethical standards. Accordingly, when clients hire Klein & Wilson, they can be assured they will be represented by attorneys judged by their peers to have the highest professional standards and ethics.
10.0 Superb
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Top 5% in Orange and Los Angeles Counties
Super Lawyers
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Southern California Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers
Best Lawyers
U.S. News & World Report
Southern California Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers
America's Top 100 Attorneys
America's Top 100 Attorneys
Membership in America’s Top 100 Attorneys is meant to identify and highlight the accomplishments of the nation’s most esteemed and skilled attorneys in all areas of practice. Only 100 attorneys in each state received this honor.
Best Lawyers
U.S. News & World Report
Southern California Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers
Top 50 in Orange County
Super Lawyers
Each year, Super Lawyers® recognizes the top lawyers in Southern California via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research, and peer evaluation. The Southern California lawyers who receive the highest point totals during this selection process are further recognized in Southern California Super Lawyers Top Lists.
Best Lawyers
U.S. News & World Report
Southern California Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers
Southern California Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers
Top 50 Orange County List
Super Lawyers
OC's Top Attorneys - Raising the Bar and Setting New Precedents
OC Metro
Southern California Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers
OC's Most Notable Lawyers
OC Metro
Southern California Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers
The Dean's List - OC's Top Attorneys
OC Metro
Southern California Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers
The Legal Eagles - OC's Top Attorneys
OC Metro
Southern California Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers
Trial Lawyer of the Year for Legal Malpractic
Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
In 2009, the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association selected Gerald A. Klein as Trial Lawyer of the Year for legal malpractice. While Mr. Klein was deeply flattered by the award, he recognizes the award truly belongs to the firm whose efforts led to consistently outstanding results for Klein & Wilson's clients. The Orange County Trial Lawyers Association is the leading Orange County bar association for lawyers primarily involved in trial work. Each year, the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association recognizes a trial lawyer for outstanding achievement throughout his career.
Southern California Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers
Southern California Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers
Southern California Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers
Southern California Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers
Southern California Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers
Trial Lawyer of the Year for Business Litigation
Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
In 2003, the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association selected Gerald A. Klein as Trial Lawyer of the Year for business litigation. While Mr. Klein was deeply flattered by the award, he recognizes the award truly belongs to the firm whose efforts led to consistently outstanding results for Klein & Wilson's clients. The Orange County Trial Lawyers Association is the leading Orange County bar association for lawyers primarily involved in trial work. Each year, the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association recognizes a trial lawyer for outstanding achievement throughout his career.
Professional Associations
American College of Trial Lawyers
Fellow
- Current
American Board of Trial Advocates
Member
- Current
Activities: Gerald A. Klein was granted membership to the American Board of Trial Advocates on October 3, 2009. ABOTA is one of the most respected trial advocacy bar associations in the country and membership in ABOTA is by invitation only. Members must meet strict requirements of trial experience. ABOTA was founded in 1957 and is a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. First and foremost, ABOTA works to uphold the jury system by educating the American public about the history and value of the right to trial by jury.
Association of Business Trial Lawyers - Orange County
Board of Governors
- Current
Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
Member
- Current
Orange County Bar Association
Member
- Current
California State Bar # 107727
Member
- Current
Orange County Bar Association
Solo Practitioner/Small Firm Section, Chairman
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Association of Business Trial Lawyers - Orange County
Annual Event Chair
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Association of Business Trial Lawyers - Orange County
Program Chair
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Orange County Bar Association
Education Chair
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Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
Board of Directors
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College of Trial Advocacy
Chairman
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Orange County Bar Association Business Litigation Section
Chairman
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
9th Circuit
U.S. District Court Central District of California
U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court Northern District of California
U.S. District Court Southern District of California
U.S. Supreme Court
Fees
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Hourly rates for lawyers have gotten out of hand. At some firms, lawyers are charging over $1,000 per hour. At a rate of $1,000 per hour, a lawyer should be able to tell you the secret of eternal youth. But fee structures are not the only problems at law firms. At many firms, especially large firms, there are too many people working on a case. As a result, there is inevitable redundancy with several attorneys billing for the same work. Often, inadequately supervised associates run amok, billing many hours for which the client receives little value. Klein & Wilson's small firm structure gives clients more value for their litigation dollar. Moreover, Klein & Wilson's billing rates are a fraction of the firm's competitors. Klein & Wilson is willing to consider alternative billing methods such as flat fees and contingency fees. Flat fee arrangements are ideal for clients who have a limited budget they cannot possibly exceed because of their own financial issues. Under a flat fee billing arrangement, Klein & Wilson will quote a flat fee for specified work, and the client must pay for out of pocket expenses such as court filing fees, witness fees, and transcript costs. In cases where (a) the client's compensatory damages unquestionably exceed $2 million and (b) we can confirm the target defendant has sufficient assets to satisfy the anticipated judgment, Klein & Wilson will consider accepting a case on a contingency fee basis or a modified contingency fee basis - where all or a portion of Klein & Wilson's fees are based on money collected in settlement or after a trial. Klein & Wilson will accept cases on a contingency fee basis when the client advances all expenses (e.g., expert witness fees and deposition costs). Before calling us to discuss a case you want handled on a contingency fee basis, please read this article. https://www.kleinandwilson.com/Media/How-to-Interview-an-Attorney-to-Handle-a-Business-Dispute-on-a-Contingency-Fee-Basis.pdf Feel free to discuss with Klein & Wilson which fee structure works best for you. To reach our experienced attorneys call us at 949-478-0521 for a consultation.
Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Real Estate Law
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Trademarks
Additional Practice Areas
  • Breach of Contract
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Partnership, Shareholder, LLC and LLP Disputes
  • Fraud
  • Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets
  • Copyright
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Commercial Unlawful Detainer
  • Commercial Landlord Tenant
  • Mediation
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