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Donald A. Klein

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Donald A. Klein


Parsippany, NJ





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Don is a very experienced litigator who has handled high profile litigations in state and federal courts in both New Jersey and New York. He has represented clients in a broad range of litigations, including complex commercial, defamation and invasion of privacy, reinsurance, trade secret and restrictive covenant, and land use lawsuits. Don also taught New Jersey Practice at Fordham Law School for 20 years and has extensive summary judgment and appellate experience.

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Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 2002
  • New York, 2003
  • New Jersey, 1972

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of New Jersey, 1972
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1972
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2003
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2003



  • Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut
    • J.D. – 1972
  • New York University
    • B.A. summa cum laude – 1969

Representative Cases

  • Aegis Ins. Servs. Inc. v. Port Auth. of NY and NJ, 2011 WL 2449494 (3d Cir. 2011) (affirming dismissal of various claims by Consolidated Edison against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey relating to the collapse of World trade Center 7 on Sept 11, 2001)
  • Blazer Corp. v. N.J. Sports and Exposition Auth., 199 N.J. Super. 107 (App. Div. 1985) (application of entire controversy doctrine where federal litigation involves both federal and state issues)
  • Cooper Distributing Co. Inc. v. Amana Refrigeration, Inc., 180 F.3d. 542 (3d Cir. 1999) (applying New Jersey Franchise Practices Act to damage issues)
  • Fortune v. Schiavone, 477 U.S. 21 (1986) (deciding limitation of actions and First Amendment issues)
  • Gomez v. Murdoch, 193 N.J Super. 595 (App. Div. 1984) (jockey held to be public figure)
  • In re Farber, 78 N.J. 259 (1978) (addressing protention of confidential information subpoenaed by defendant in murder trial)
  • In re Liquidation of Integrity Ins. Co. , 165 N.J. 75 (2000) (addressing the right of a liquidator to assert deliberative process privilege in discovery)
  • Schiavone Construction Co. v. Time, Inc., 847 F.2d. 1069 (3d Cir. 1988) (appeal from summary judgment involving public figure, “libel proof” fair report privilege, and constitutional actual malice issues)
  • State v. Grecco, 187 N.J. Super 421 (App. Div. 1982) (press entitled to transcripts used by court and counsel in pretrial hearing not closed to public even if such transcripts are not yet in evidence)
  • Suter v. Munich Reinsurance Co., 223 F.3d 150 (3d Cir. 2000) (involving the right of a foreign reinsurer to remove an adversary complaint from a state liquidation proceeding and demand arbitration of the dispute)
  • Tellado v. Time-Life Books, 643 F.Supp. 904 (D.N.J. 1986) (analyizing use of plaintiff’s photograph in advertisement for book series on Vietnam War)
  • Turf Lawnmower Repair, Inc. v. Bergen Record Corporation, 139 N.J. 392 (1995) (applying actual malice standard to consumer report under New Jersey common law)
  • Turco v. City of Englewood, New Jersey, 935 F.3d. 155 (3d. Cir. 2019) (remanding to district court for determination of whether City buffer zone ordinance is constitutional)
  • Turco v. City of Englewood, (D.N.J. August 12, 2022) (determining that City buffer zone ordinance is constitutional)
  • Williams v. Borough of Highland Park, (D.N.J. June 29, 2016) (successful defense of constitutional challenge to Borough sidewalk ordinance)

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale Hubbell – AV Rated*

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee, Member, 1992 – 1997
  • Bergen County District Ethics Committee, Member, 1997 – 2000

Past Experience

  • Fordham University School of Law, Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, 1979 – 2001
  • U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Legal Officer, 1973 – 1975


  • Phi Beta Kappa