Eric L. Klein,
Principal

Legal Administrative Assistant:Juanita Jones
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Biography

Making complex subjects simpler.

Eric is an environmental litigator in the Boston office of Beveridge & Diamond, with a national practice representing major companies and municipalities in a wide variety of matters including environmental and mass torts, class actions, and federal citizen suits under environmental statutes including the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the Clean Air Act. He has handled cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States, litigating complex civil and commercial matters before juries, trial and appellate courts, arbitrators and administrative tribunals. He specializes in challenging and defending technical experts in complex environmental litigation.

Eric’s litigation practice encompasses a broad range 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. In particular, Eric has defended some of the most significant environmental citizen suits filed in recent times, including the successful resolution of a $4 trillion Clean Water Act citizen suit filed against a major U.S. transportation company.

As a second-year law student, Eric argued before U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who recognized Eric with "Best Oralist" and "Best Brief" awards. Following law school, Eric clerked for the Honorable Robert I. Richter at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He also serves as co-chair of B&D’s Pro Bono Committee and maintains an active pro bono practice, specializing in defending tenants in eviction actions. Eric is selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers Editions 2014-2018 as a "Rising Star."

Eric’s life outside the law mostly involves building furniture, playing the occasional game of chess, and singing Disney songs with his daughter. Additionally, throughout his career, Eric has worked consistently to maintain side jobs as a teacher in some form. For many years, he was a Professorial Lecturer in Law at The George Washington University Law School, teaching appellate and trial advocacy. He also taught chess to elementary and middle school students at the KIPP AIM Academy and served on the Advisory Board of Chess Challenge in D.C.; a nonprofit focused on academic achievement through chess instruction. Before that, Eric taught and tutored high school students in English and math during college and law school.

Eric’s core professional belief spans his careers in education and law: Success lies in making complex subjects simpler.

Education

  • George Washington University  (B.A., summa cum laude, 2000)
    • Political Science
  • Northwestern University  (M.S., 2003)
    • Journalism
  • George Washington University  (J.D., cum laude, 2008)
    • Jacob Burns Award for Excellence in Oral Advocacy

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court - Maryland
  • U.S. District Court – District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Virginia

Professional Affiliations

  • Maryland State Bar Association