Alan M. KlingerCo-Managing Partner

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Services

Alan Klinger, Stroock’s Co-Managing Partner and Co-Chair of the Litigation Group, represents parties in complex civil litigation and has a proven track record of achieving successful results, whether through negotiation or litigation. He also leads the firm’s representation of public sector unions and employee benefits funds and is a member of our Government Relations Group.

Alan provides outside counsel to the United Federation of Teachers, Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association and New York City Employees Union Local 237 Funds. He also regularly represents the New York City Municipal Labor Committee, a consortium of the City’s municipal unions, in major litigation and amici curiae filings. His government relations work involves representing clients in administrative proceedings, health care and land use.

Long recognized by Best Lawyers for his work in multiple areas of litigation, including labor & employment, ERISA and land use & zoning, Alan also holds accolades from Super Lawyers and The Legal 500. Benchmark Litigation has also named him a “Litigation Star” in 2017 and in past years. He is a frequent lecturer and co-author on issues relating to labor law and collective bargaining, along with attorney-client privilege/work product doctrine. He has also served as an adjunct professor of civil procedure.

Alan serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the New York State Higher Education Services Corp., an agency that assists students in paying for college. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the New York University School of Law Foundation, a member of the New York University School of Law Center for Labor and Employment Law Advisory Board and a Trustee of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Alan is a Director of Partnership with Children, Inc., a not-for-profit that assists in strengthening the emotional, social and cognitive skills of at-risk children. He is also a member of the National Commission for the Anti-Defamation League, a Board member of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and Co-Chair of UJA Federation’s New York Lawyers Division.

Alan is the recipient of the Lawyers Alliance for New York’s “Cornerstone Award” for outstanding pro bono legal service for his work on behalf of children.


Representative Matters

Among his many successful cases, Alan 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 systems and governmental entities accomplishing change in the method for computation of retirement benefits; and submitted amicus briefs on behalf of labor unions in issues of national 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 government approval.
  • 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

  • Benchmark Litigation, Litigation Star
  • The Legal 500, Nationally Recommended
  • Best Lawyers, Labor & Employment, ERISA and Land Use & Zoning
  • Super Lawyers, Labor and Employment law
  • Anti-Defamation League, Edward Brodsky Founder’s Award for New York Region
  • Lawyers Alliance, New York’s Cornerstone Award for outstanding pro bono legal service for work on behalf of Partnership with Children, Inc.

Memberships

  • Member, Board of Trustees, New York University School of Law Foundation
  • Trustee, 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
  • National Commission, Anti-Defamation League
  • Member, New York University School of Law Center for Labor and Employment Law Advisory Board
  • Board Member, USCJ
  • Former 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

Speeches & Events

Alan is a frequent lecturer and co-author on issues relating to labor law and attorney-client privilege/work product doctrine.

Publications

  • Co-author, “Public Sector Pensions Under Attack,” New York Law Journal, November 7, 2016
  • 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

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; U.S. District Court, Western District of New York; U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court


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