Widely regarded for his creative solutions and winning strategies, Steve Klein is not afraid to take an unorthodox approach to a case where it serves his clients’ interests. With a vision for the big picture and ability to keep things in perspective, Steve litigates complex cases in a diversity of areas, including construction and government contract disputes, toxic tort and pharmaceutical products defense, policyholder-side insurance coverage litigation, and environmental litigation.

For more than three decades, Steve has represented major construction and engineering firms and government contractors in complex construction litigation, contract disputes, bid protests, requests for equitable adjustment, and claims. He recently obtained a victory for a major construction and engineering client following a 4-week trial in Arkansas state court, in a dispute involving the design and construction of a billion-dollar ammonia plant. Steve expects to conduct a lengthy jury trial in Phase 2 of this bifurcated matter, involving hundreds of millions of dollars of cross claims between the project owner and his client. From representing a major debris removal and emergency management and logistics contractor in claims and bid protests against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, arising out of a $1 billion contract for post-Hurricane Katrina cleanup, to winning an eight-figure award for his client in a trial before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, to representing a bridge contractor in a 4-week jury trial against the State of Alabama, Steve enjoys developing winning strategies by cutting through the noise to identify and zero in on the most persuasive issues. Often described as balanced and steady, Steve brings a creative and critical analysis to all of his representations.

In the pharmaceutical and toxic tort areas, Steve has worked on major post-Daubert federal and state court cases and has extensive experience in presenting and defending against complex scientific proofs. He has served as the firm’s lead and national counsel for a major pharmaceutical defendant in mass litigation in a federal MDL and consolidated state court proceedings across the country. In that litigation, Steve engineered a Daubert victory for his client on general causation grounds, affirmed by the Eleventh Circuit, that set the stage for defeating the plaintiffs’ claims litigation-wide. He has defended industrial companies and manufacturers against cancer and other personal injury claims arising from alleged exposure to process chemicals and industrial wastes, and he regularly advises pharmaceutical and industrial clients on regulatory matters in multiple areas, including labeling, regulatory reporting, pharmacovigilance, product recalls (including with regard to insurance coverage), and the preparation and submission of regulatory filings such as supplemental New Drug Applications and the like.

Steve has successfully pursued insurance coverage on behalf of diverse corporate policyholders for mass-product liability exposures (involving claims by individuals, putative classes, and the United States and Canadian governments), environmental liability, and asbestos liability. In a particularly complex and multifaceted matter, Steve represented a major asbestos defendant with multiple independent lines of asbestos liability and consequently, multiple lines of potential insurance recoveries, including assisting the client in managing its insurance assets through a multi-year bankruptcy. He has also helped clients facing Superfund liability procure insurance recoveries by navigating around pollution exclusion and other impediments in their CGL policies and pursuing claims under specialty Pollution Liability and Cost Cap remediation policies. Steve has authored a number of articles and treatises to assist policyholders in maximizing their insurance recoveries.

Steve’s practice also includes defending clients against CERCLA, RCRA, natural resource damage, and state environmental and public nuisance claims arising from industrial operations and waste disposal. He has defended a major chemical and refinery client in a 15-year litigation in state and federal court involving claims by state environmental agencies and contribution claims by co-PRPs, and he has defended a major industrial client facing a billion-dollar NRD liability from decades of PCB discharges into a major waterway.

At the end of the day, what Steve appreciates most about practicing law, outside of working collegially with a smart team and mentoring younger lawyers, is vindicating his clients’ positions through the fine arts of logic and persuasion. When he’s not practicing law, he can be found enjoying long hikes with his family and Portuguese water dog, and he looks forward to continuing his passion for travel and foreign cuisines.

Education

University of Michigan School of Law (J.D., 1990, cum laude) University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1987, magna cum laude)

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Federal Claims

Accolades

  • 2023 Annual M&A Advisor Awards Winner “Professional Services Deal of the Year”, Deal Team Member
  • Super Lawyers, Government Contracts, 2023 and 2024

Memberships

  • Michigan Law Review, 1989 – 1990

Cases

Insights & Events

The Firm congratulates fifteen attorneys named as 2023 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for Washington, DC. The annual publication lists the top five percent of attorneys in each state, as chosen by their peers through a…
Following a three-day trial and extensive post-trial briefing, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals handed Firm client AshBritt, Inc. a complete victory on two claims under its large, emergency contract with the Army Corps of…