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Robert Dale Klein

P.O. Box 551
104 West Street
Annapolis, Maryland 21404-0551


Communication Center
Phone: (410) 263-5900
E-mail: rdk@wlekn.com
Fax: (410) 263-6583


Recognized by his peers as a Maryland SuperLawyer, Mr. Klein is one of the Firm's name shareholders. Since 1976, Mr. Klein has focused on civil litigation, especially on the defense of products liability, mass tort and complex commercial matters. Mr. Klein also is a trained mediator, with emphasis on the mediation of complex matters, and a member of ADR Maryland. Admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia, Mr. Klein also has been admitted pro hac vice as lead counsel in at least nine states and in federal multi-district proceedings.

Mr. Klein's experience includes serving as national coordinating counsel in toxic tort, product defect and construction defect cases filed in nearly every state in the U.S.A, as well as its territories and in foreign countries. In those roles, Mr. Klein successfully developed, implemented, and coordinated the defense strategies of more than 50 law firms nationwide and in foreign jurisdictions. With more than 35 years' experience as the chief strategist and negotiator in the resolution of complex tort and commercial litigation matters across the country, Mr. Klein has successfully resolved more than 125,000 product liability and other complex claims.

First appointed in 1994 by the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Maryland, Mr. Klein served eighteen years as a member of the Court's Standing Committee on the Rules of Practice and Procedure. He has chaired or been a member of the following subcommittees: Trial, Management of Litigation, Discovery, Form Interrogatories, Computer-Generated Evidence, Alternative Dispute Resolution, General Provisions, and CLE Liaison with the MSBA. In these roles, Mr. Klein has helped develop and draft the procedural rules governing all aspects of litigation in the Maryland court system. Mr. Klein's more recent work in this regard has particularly focused on technologic and scientific issues, such as computer-generated evidence, discovery of electronically stored information,and developing rules to implement electronic filing of pleadings and papers at all levels of the Maryland court system (a $50 million project).

Mr. Klein is the author of a well-respected two-volume treatise on civil procedure and trial practice, Maryland Civil Procedure Forms, With Practice Commentary, which he has supplemented annually since the book's original publication in 1984. Mr. Klein has taught at the Maryland Judicial Institute, and also has published and lectured extensively on product liability law and civil practice in the United States and abroad.

Mr. Klein has a distinguished history of involvement with professional and civic organizations, including service as President and a Director of the North American Foundation for the University of Durham in England (a/k/a Dunelm USA), as a Sustaining Member and Executive Committee Member of the Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc., as a President of Maryland Defense Counsel, Inc., and in numerous leadership positions within the Bar Association of Baltimore City.

Mr. Klein is a biographee in Marquis' Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in American Law, and Who's Who in Finance and Industry. He is a recipient of the Defense Research Institute's Exceptional Performance Award, and is the first recipient of the Dunelmensis Award issued by England's third oldest university, the University of Durham, for exemplary service by an alumnus.

Mr. Klein is AV® Peer Review Rated in Martindale-Hubbell.


Current Employment Position(s):

Shareholder


Bar Admissions:

Maryland, 1976

U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 1977

U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1977

District of Columbia, 1983

U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1983


Education:

Columbia Law School, New York, New York, 1976 J.D.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1973 S.B.


University of Durham, Durham, England, 1972


Published Works:

"Maryland Civil Procedure Forms -- Practice", 2 Vols., Lexis Law Publishing, 3rd Edition, Supplemented annually, 2000


"Managing E-Discovery and ESI: From Pre-Litigation Through Trial", American Bar Association, 2011 (Co-author of Chapter 3)


"A Comparison of the Restatement (Third) of Torts: Products Liability and the Maryland Law of Products Liability", 30 University of Baltimore Law Review 273, 2001


"Old Products -- The Admissibility of State of the ArtEvidence in Product Liability Actions", 9 Journal of Products Liability 233, 1986


"Caps in the Hat: Legislative Lids on Runaway Verdicts", For the Defense, July, 1986


Co-Author: "Caps in the Hat Come Back: Revisiting Legislative Lids on Runaway Verdicts", For the Defense, September, 1993


"Comparative Fault in Maryland: The Time Has Come", 41 University of Maryland Law Review 275, 1982


Honors and Awards:

Appointed to the Standing Committee on the Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Court of Appeals of Maryland, 1994 - 2012


Maryland SuperLawyer, 2009 - Present


Defense Research Institute, Exceptional Performance Citation, 1987


Biographee in Marquis Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in American Law, and Who's Who in Finance and Industry


Dunelmensis Award (2010), University of Durham (England) (the first recipient of this annual Award)


Professional Associations and Memberships:

The District of Columbia Bar


Maryland State Bar Association
Member, Litigation Section


Maryland State Bar Association, 1990 - 1994
Co-Chair, Products Liability Committee


Anne Arundel County Bar Association

Maryland Defense Counsel, 1986 - 1987
President


Maryland Defense Counsel, 1983
Editor, The Defense Line


Maryland Defense Counsel, 1992 - 1994
Chairman, Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure


Maryland Defense Counsel, 1989 - 1991
Product Liability Committee


Maryland Defense Counsel, 1991 - 1992
Member, Judicial Selections Committee


Products Liability Advisory Council, Inc.
Sustaining Member


Products Liability Advisory Council, Inc., 1997 - 2000
Member, Executive Committee


Products Liability Advisory Council, Inc., 1991 - 1998
Co-Chair, Rules of Civil Procedure Action Group


Defense Research Institute, 1980 - present
Member


The Bar Association of Baltimore City, 1984 - 1987
Member, Executive Council


The Bar Association of Baltimore City, 1987 - 1988
Chairman, Product Liability Committee


The Bar Association of Baltimore City, 1986 - 1987
Standing Committee on Long Range Planning


The Bar Association of Baltimore City, 1984 - 1986
Standing Committee on Public Relations


The Bar Association of Baltimore City, 1987
Member, Special Committee on Tort Reform


The Bar Association of Baltimore City, 1983
Chairman, Special Committee on Video


The Bar Association of Baltimore City, 1982 - 1987
Member, Standing Committee on Legislation


The North American Foundation for the University of Durham, Inc. a/k/a Dunelm USA, 1992 - 2016
President/Treasurer/Director


Paralegal Studies Advisory Board, Stevenson University
(f/k/a Villa Julie College), 1984 - 2012
Member


ADR Maryland (Panel of Neutrals), 2006 - Present
Member