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Brian Klein

Brian Klein

Lecturer in Law

Last Updated: Monday, August 28, 2017

Telephone: (424) 652-7814
Fax: (424) 652-7850
699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

Brian Klein is an accomplished trial attorney who has successfully litigated in federal and state court. His practice focuses on high-stakes criminal and regulatory defense matters and civil litigation, and he aggressively and effectively advocates for his clients in a wide variety of state and federal forums. He is a former federal prosecutor with extensive trial experience, and he is known for his superior courtroom skills. He teaches a criminal practice seminar at the USC Gould School of Law.

Klein often represents successful entrepreneurs and professionals, iconoclastic companies, celebrities, and high-profile start-ups and fast growing businesses in connection with the most important legal issues facing them whether civil, regulatory, or criminal. As an example, he successfully defended Cesar Millan (the “Dog Whisperer”) when the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Control and District Attorney’s Office investigated allegations of animal abuse tied to one of Mr. Millan’s television shows. The authorities ultimately concluded Mr. Millan did nothing wrong and did not bring any charges. Based on his accomplishments, Klein has been repeatedly recognized as a “Super Lawyer,” and he is frequently sought ought by the media to comment on pressing legal issues.

He has extensive experience with cutting-edge technology cases, including representing entrepreneurs, start-ups, and early adopters in all types of criminal and regulatory defense matters and civil litigation (including bankruptcy proceedings). He founded and chairs the board of directors of the non-profit Digital Currency and Ledger Defense Coalition and chairs the American Bar Association’s blockchain technology and digital currency national institute, which was held this year at New York University School of Law. He serves as an advisor to BlockSeer, a blockchain analytics company, and formerly volunteered as the outside general counsel and chair of the legal advocacy committee for the Bitcoin Foundation. He speaks about Fintech around the world at, among other places, global law firms, major payments and technology companies, and industry conferences.

Klein is admitted to practice in the states of California, Washington, and New York and before numerous federal courts (including the Central and Northern Districts of California and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York). He graduated from New York University School of Law and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington.


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