As the co-chairman of the firm’s Litigation Department, Steve combines a keen business acumen with zealous advocacy to consistently achieve the highest level of success in his litigation matters. Chambers U.S.A.: America’s Leading Lawyers For Business describes him as “a key player in the New Jersey Bar” with “an active practice that spans a full range of corporate and commercial disputes, with a particular niche in real estate cases. ... Steven Klein can be brought in to deal with even the most difficult of cases, sources confirm, and he boasts a wide array of civil litigation experience. He is also a successful arbitrator and appellate attorney…Steven Klein is an adept practitioner before both state and federal courts. Sources describe him as ‘a terrific lawyer and really solid guy who is very experienced and a very steady litigator.’" Benchmark Litigation has recognized Steve as a “local (New Jersey) litigation star.”
Recently recognized in Chambers U.S.A. 2015: " 'Excellent attorney' Steven Klein is also cochair of the litigation practice, and continues to assist clients with significant and complex matters. He is a highly regarded figure in the commercial litigation space, well known for his ability to represent clients in all manner of disputes, whether at the state, federal or appellate level, as well as in arbitration proceedings."
Steve has brought his expansive litigation experience and talents to a broad range of clients in litigation matters in a multitude of industries. His litigation practice, in both federal and state courts, spans arbitration, mediation, discovery, motions, trials and appeals. His complex commercial practice includes an expertise in chancery matters as well as disputes involving statutory and contract claims, real estate, shareholder, partnership and limited liability company member actions, tax, probate, trusts and estates, environmental litigation, employment law disputes, director and officer liability, foreclosure and lender liability matters, surety and insurance disputes and construction.
Steve joined the firm in 1980 as a summer associate, going on to serve as an associate. A Member of the firm since 1987, his numerous litigation accomplishments include:
Steve has been consistently awarded the highest ratings for his professionalism and the quality of his legal work. He has been lauded by Best Lawyers in America in the areas of “bet the company” litigation, commercial litigation, tax, labor and employment and trusts and estates litigation; New Jersey Super Lawyers in Business Litigation; and Martindale-Hubbell with a AV rating. He has been appointed by courts to serve as special fiscal agent, special officer, provisional director and custodial and/or liquidating receiver, arbitrator and mediator in major corporate and partnership disputes, and served as special litigation counsel for the New Jersey insurance commissioner in the Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company rehabilitation proceedings.
Steve has served as an adjunct professor teaching legal research and writing at Seton Hall University School of Law, has taught business law as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School of Business, and has lectured and written for various professional and civic organizations. He was president of the Bergen County Bar Association and has held numerous other titles and positions in the organization as well as the Bergen County Bar Foundation. He is also a member of the New Jersey State Supreme Court Advisory Subcommittee on Information Technology and Electronic Filing.
Steve earned his J.D. from Duke University School of Law, and his B.A., summa cum laude, from the State University of New York at Albany.
Duke Law School, J.D., 1981
State University of New York at Albany, B.A., summa cum laude, 1978
New Jersey, 1981
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1981
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1982
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