David A. Klein is a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. With over a decade of experience as a litigator, David represents corporations, private equity clients, and individuals in complex commercial litigation, arbitration, mediation, investigations, as well as government and regulatory proceedings. David has extensive experience counseling clients in high-stakes and high-profile matters in federal and state courts, including disputes involving acquisitions, debt finance, shareholders, entertainment, unfair competition, and intellectual property. After arguing major motions and taking key depositions, David has obtained numerous dismissals for defendants and significant recoveries for plaintiffs.


Thought Leadership


“California Court of Appeal Holds That Forum Selection Clauses Are Not Enforceable in Contracts That Also Contain Jury Trial Waivers,” Kirkland & Ellis Alert, November 2019

"Crafting Separate Statements in Motions for Summary Judgment," Los Angeles Lawyer, December 2018

"Incontestability Clauses and Profit Participation Claims," Daily Journal, December 2017

Memberships & Affiliations

Association of Business Trial Lawyers


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2010California


  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California


  • University of California, Los Angeles, School of LawJ.D.2010

    Moot Court Honors Program

    Roscoe Pound Moot Court Tournament Semi-Finalist

    Comments Editor, Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs

  • University of California, Santa BarbaraB.A., Political Science with Distinction & History2007

    Highest Honors 

    College Honors

    Academic Excellence Award