Kenneth D. Kleinman Elected Fellow of College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
PHILADELPHIA, PA, June 28, 2016 – Stevens & Lee Shareholder Kenneth D. Kleinman has been elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
The organization promotes achievement, advancement and excellence in the practice of labor and employment law. Fellows are recognized by colleagues and must meet standards of integrity, professionalism and character. Membership is by nomination only.
Mr. Kleinman represents management in all areas of employment counseling, employment litigation and labor relations law. He is recognized as one of the leading authorities in occupational safety and health matters.
Mr. Kleinman maintains an active national litigation practice. He has specific expertise in wage and hour collective actions, representing employers across the country in matters involving thousands of employees’ claims under the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and applicable state law. Mr. Kleinman has been lead counsel in dozens of employment discrimination actions across the country. He has successfully tried numerous employment cases in federal and state courts, including a week-long ERISA trial which resulted in costs being awarded to his client and a two-week long wrongful discharge trial in which the jury awarded damages to the company defendant Mr. Kleinman represented. He is also experienced in litigating restrictive covenant matters in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. He successfully defended an employer in Montgomery County that hired an employee subject to a non-compete clause in a week-long preliminary injunction trial and has enforced non-compete clauses against employees who attempted to breach their agreements.
In the labor relations arena, Mr. Kleinman has acted as chief negotiator for many union negotiations, including 1,000 person nursing units for a major Philadelphia hospital system, and other negotiations with unions such as the Teamsters, Steelworkers, Operating Engineers and Service Employees. Mr. Kleinman’s traditional labor practice also includes representing employers in arbitrations and unfair labor practice proceedings. Mr. Kleinman assisted a client that moved from Philadelphia to the suburbs in successfully withdrawing recognition from one of the most powerful Teamster unions in Philadelphia. He has tried numerous employment contract arbitrations, including a contract/age discrimination claim that took 19 days of hearing and resulted in a decision in favor of, and counterclaim damages awarded to, the employer.
Mr. Kleinman has also successfully negotiated or tried dozens of high-profile, six-figure OSHA citations, including cases involving fatalities, multiple-employer work sites and criminal prosecutions. He is co-editor of the nationally recognized treatise, Occupational Safety and Health Law, published by the American Bar Association and the Bureau of National Affairs. He is also a former Management Chair of the ABA Occupational Safety and Health Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section.
In addition to his litigation, labor relations and OSHA practice, Mr. Kleinman regularly provides advice to Fortune 500 firms and executives with respect to the drafting and enforcement of employment, confidentiality, restrictive covenant and severance agreements. He also advises clients on hiring, training, discipline and termination issues, particularly in connection with employment discrimination statutes, the ADA and the FMLA.
He received a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a B.S., summa cum laude, from Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.