David Klein’s practice includes litigation before federal and state courts, arbitration, and private mediation. David represents corporations, private equity clients, and individuals in a variety of complex litigation matters, including disputes involving acquisitions, shareholders, entertainment, unfair competition, intellectual property, as well as government and regulatory investigations. He has years of experience counseling clients in high-profile matters, arguing major motions and taking key depositions.

David also devotes a portion of his practice to pro bono matters. He has played an integral role on Kirkland teams in two groundbreaking cases involving education policy, one of which resulted in a California court becoming the first in the U.S. to verify a “parent trigger” petition to authorize parents to take control of an underperforming school in Southern California.


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

American Bar Association

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 & Historywith Distinction in Political Science, with Highest Honors2007

    College Honors

    Academic Excellence Award