Beveridge & Diamond
 
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Eric L. Klein

Principal


1350 I Street, N.W.
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005-3311
Washington

Practices
Practices
Education
Education
  • The George Washington University (B.A., Political Science, 2000; summa cum laude)
  • Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism (M.S., Journalism, 2003)
  • The George Washington University Law School (J.D., 2008; cum laude; Jacob Burns Award for Excellence in Oral Advocacy)
Bar Admissions & Memberships
Bar Admissions & Memberships
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • U.S. District Courts: District of Maryland; District of Columbia; Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals: First Circuit, Fourth Circuit, District of Columbia Circuit

Eric L. Klein is an environmental civil litigator and regulatory counselor in the Washington, D.C. office of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.  He has handled cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States, litigating a variety of complex civil and commercial matters before juries, trial and appellate courts, arbitrators and administrative tribunals.  Mr. Klein frequently litigates both statutory and common law claims, and specializes in challenging and defending technical experts in the litigation of complex environmental torts.

Mr. Klein’s litigation practice encompasses a variety of environmental matters, including the prosecution and defense of groundwater and site contamination cases, PCB cost allocations, environmental white-collar defense and internal investigations, and data compensation under FIFRA, the federal pesticide statute.   On the regulatory side, Mr. Klein counsels clients under a range of environmental statutes, focusing primarily on FIFRA, the Clean Water Act, the Oil Pollution Act, and the federal laws and regulations governing onshore and offshore resource extraction. Mr. Klein also serves on Beveridge & Diamond’s Pro Bono Committee and maintains an active pro bono practice, specializing in the defense of tenants in the Landlord & Tenant Branch of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

Significant litigation outcomes include:

  • Defense verdict in 6-week federal jury trial – A Massachusetts jury returned a verdict of no liability for major global manufacturer in a $12 million cost recovery case involving cleanup of PCBs in a historically industrial area of Boston.  Mr. Klein served as second chair and handled plaintiff and defense expert causation witnesses.
  • Landmark preliminary injunction in smoking nuisance action – Mr. Klein persuaded a Washington, D.C. court to enter one of the first preliminary injunctions in the country to enjoin cigarette smoking in a residential rowhouse on the basis of structural defects that caused heavy smoke to flow regularly into the interior of a neighboring property.
  • Indemnification in groundwater contamination lawsuit – Cross-claims resulted in a complete indemnification for judgment and defense from a fuel company of the owner of a gasoline service station in a $1 billion claim for damages from groundwater contamination following a fuel spill in Maryland.
  • Dismissal of putative commercial class action – A Delaware court refused to certify a class and dismissed an action against Mr. Klein’s client where a plaintiff attempted to bring a cause of action against a title company based solely on professional rules governing the practice of law in Delaware.
  • Dismissal of asbestos-related tort and statutory claims – A federal court dismissed asbestos-related common law and statutory claims against the owner of a residential apartment complex and enjoined the plaintiff from further action against Mr. Klein’s client.

Mr. Klein is licensed to practice in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. He is a Professorial Lecturer in Law at The George Washington University Law School, teaching appellate and trial advocacy.  He also serves on the Advisory Board of Chess Challenge in D.C., a nonprofit focused on academic achievement through chess instruction in elementary and middle schools.

As a second-year law student at The George Washington University Law School, Mr. Klein argued before U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who recognized Mr. Klein with "Best Oralist" and "Best Brief" awards.  Following law school, Mr. Klein clerked for the Honorable Robert I. Richter at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

Mr. Klein has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers Editions 2014-2017 as a "Rising Star."