PRACTICE AREAS


Alan M. Klinger serves as the firm's Co-Managing Partner and also functions as the Co-Chair of Stroock's Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Klinger is also a member of Stroock's Executive Committee, and chairs its Legal Personnel Committee.

He represents parties in complex civil litigation and has a proven track record of achieving successful results, whether through negotiation or litigation. Mr. Klinger is integrally involved in the firm's representation of public sector unions and employee benefits funds. He also functions in the Government Relations group, concentrating on administrative proceedings, healthcare and land use matters.

Mr. Klinger has served as an adjunct professor of civil procedure.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

Among his many successful cases, Mr. Klinger has:
 
  • On behalf of public employee unions, successfully arbitrated contract impasse proceedings before the New York State Public Employment Relations Board and the New York City Office of Collective Bargaining; prevailed against the City in "scoping" and contract enforcement proceedings; obtained a judgment against the City and related governmental entities to enforce statutorily mandated inspection and repair of public premises; successfully brought suit against retirement system and governmental entities accomplishing change in method for computation of retirement benefits; and submitted amicus briefs on behalf of labor unions in issues of public import.
  • On behalf of an educational institution, prevailed in litigation that allowed the school to take down buildings to construct a new law center in the face of challenges to attorney general review and approval and claims of landmark status.
  • On behalf of high-profile client owning renowned New York City nightclubs, defeated City claims that nightclubs were operated as a public nuisance; prevailed against State Liquor Authority attempts to suspend liquor license summarily; obtained court order compelling City Department of Consumer Affairs to issue cabaret license. Negotiated settlement of prior "nuisance abatement" proceedings commenced by the City on terms favorable to the client, allowing club to reopen with minimal disruption.
  • Enabled client to form a professional affiliation with major hospital by defeating challenge of rival hospital. As counsel to hospital, successfully defended award of government contract to client.

HONORS & AWARDS

Mr. Klinger has perennially been recognized by Best Lawyers for his work in multiple areas of litigation (including Labor & Employment, ERISA and Land Use & Zoning) and currently serves on its Board of Advisors. Mr. Klinger is also regularly recognized by New York Metro Super Lawyers for excellence in Labor and Employment law and has been nationally recommended by The Legal 500 United States.

Mr. Klinger has also been recognized as a "Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation.

In addition, he has received the Lawyers Alliance for New York's "Cornerstone Award" for outstanding pro bono legal service for work on behalf of Partnership with Children, Inc.


MEMBERSHIPS

  • Chairman, Board of Trustees, New York State Higher Education Services Corp., an agency that assists students in paying for college, providing need-based grants, scholarships and loan guarantees
  • Member, Board of Trustees, New York University School of Law Foundation
  • Trustee and Chair, Education Committee, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a non-partisan, non-profit organization created by President Kennedy that seeks to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law
  • Director, Partnership with Children, Inc., a not-for-profit entity that assists in strengthening the emotional, social and cognitive skills of at-risk children
  • Executive Committee, Lawyers Division, UJA-Federation of New York
  • Chairman's Council, Anti-Defamation League

SPEECHES & EVENTS

Mr. Klinger is a frequent lecturer and co-author on issues relating to attorney-client privilege/work product doctrine and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Co-author, "Practice Before the Commercial Division," Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts, Thomson West, Third Edition, September 2013
  • Co-author, "The Role Of Strategic Thinking In Legal Training," New York Law Journal, April 22, 2013
  • Co-author, "Employee-Friendly Labor Arbitration Awards Under Attack;" "Transit Workers Union Victorious: Regains Dues-Checkoff and Vindicates Free Speech Rights;" "Appellate Division, First Department: NYC Has No Automatic Right to Appeal from a TRO," Stroock Special Bulletin, May 2009
  • Co-author, "The Taylor Law At 40: Preparing For The Battle Over Reform;" "Garcetti v. Ceballos Two Years Later: How Are Public Employees Faring?" and "Trading First Amendment Rights For Dues Checkoff," Stroock Special Bulletin, May 2008
  • Co-author, "The United States Supreme Court Limits Public Employees' First Amendment Speech Rights," Stroock Special Bulletin, August 2006
  • Co-author, "Recent Developments in Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine," Civil Practice and Litigation Techniques in Federal and State Courts, ALI-ABA
  • Co-editor, Stroock Reports: Public Employee Law, analyzing developments on issues relevant to public sector unions

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

New York, 1982

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1982; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1982; U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 1982; U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1982; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1985; U.S. Supreme Court, 1989


CLERKSHIPS

Clerk, Justice Sidney Schreiber, New Jersey Supreme Court


EDUCATION

J.D., New York University School of Law, 1981; Editor-in-Chief, Moot Court Board, 1980–1981

A.B., magna cum laude, Princeton University, 1978

 

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