Michael F. Klein

Partner, San Diego Office


Michael F. Klein is a partner in the Firm's San Diego office and chairs the Firm's Marketing Committee.  From 2000 to 2002, Mr. Klein served as outside general counsel to National Staff Specialists, Inc.

Mr. Klein's practice focuses on the representation of clients involved in business, consumer and class action litigation in a broad range of industries with an emphasis on serving clients in the health care, managed care, insurance, transportation, and real estate sectors. Mr. Klein has successfully litigated a multitude of high stakes matters such as:

  • The defense of a leading U.S. health insurer in a commercial arbitration involving reimbursement claims in excess of $25 million.
  • The defense of multiple insurers in a first party bad faith claim exceeding $15 million.
  • The defense of a leading U.S. HMO in a consumer class action involving allegations of deceptive business practices.
  • The defense of one of the world's largest technology direct marketers in multiple claims involving competition and civil rights.
  • The defense and prosecution of multiple claims involving employee raiding and competition on behalf of one of the largest independent insurance brokerages in the United States.
  • The defense of numerous California hospitals, physician groups and clinics in a wide variety of regulatory, administrative and statutory claims brought by, among others, the Office of the California Attorney General and the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Klein provides regulatory and governance advice to clients in the health care and insurance industries.  He also regularly assists health care clients in compliance matters and governmental investigations involving EMTALA, consent issues, Medicare/Medicaid billing, fraud and abuse, and transactions impacting the Stark and Anti-Kickback laws as well as the False Claims Act.

As part of his regulatory practice, Mr. Klein also advises clients regarding federal and state privacy and data security laws.  In this capacity, Mr. Klein works closely with clients to develop compliance and risk management plans to comply with relevant state and federal laws and the deployment of appropriate insurance strategies designed to hedge against the risk of a potential data breach or other cyber-liability claim.


  • State Bar of California
  • Health Care Law Committee of the State Bar of California (Member 2001-2005; Co-Secretary 2002-3, Vice Chair, Education 2003-2004; Co-Chairman 2004-2005)
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Member
  • California Society of Healthcare Attorneys, Member
  • Citrus Valley Medical Center's Ethics Committee, Member 2007-2008