Keith Klein is a Partner with the firm, serving as an integral contributor to the technology, franchise and distribution, and commercial litigation practices. He is the creator and leader of the firm’s start-up and emerging growth incubator in Santa Monica, serving as outside general counsel for developing companies. His clients include demographic-specific networks, social commerce companies and international direct marketing companies offering a broad range of products and services. The firm’s incubator, launched in December 2010, has contributed significantly to the incorporation, development and financing of high profile businesses and has become a prominent contributor to the Santa Monica Silicon Beach business community.
Mr. Klein is certified by the State Bar of California’s Board of Specialization as a Franchise and Distribution Law Specialist. He represents franchisors and large qualified franchisees in a broad spectrum of industries, including lodging and hospitality, fast food and fast casual dining, retail and specialty stores, real estate brokerages, and automobile-related servicing systems. He has argued key franchise-related issues before the California Supreme Court and in other courts throughout the country.
As part of Mr. Klein’s commercial litigation practice, he has served as the lead counsel defending the largest financial institution against more than 30 mass actions filed throughout the country. Mr. Klein’s team of lawyers from across the country has successfully defended the bank against lawsuits seeking substantial damages, including some which sought to place the financial institution in receivership. In doing so, Mr. Klein’s team obtained a significant appellate victory for the banking industry in Bank of America v. Superior Court, 198 Cal.App.4th 862 (2011).
Mr. Klein is an author of the book entitled California Franchise Law & Practice published by the Continuing Education of the Bar in February 2009. He is also an author of a chapter on franchising and the Internet in a book entitled Collateral Issues in Franchising, published by the American Bar Association in 2014. He is regularly interviewed by franchise publications on social media and Internet issues, and he has also participated in local, national and international panels on these issues.