Gayle R. Klein is co-chair of the Litigation Group and a nationally recognized trial lawyer with a proven track record of success. Gayle focuses her practice on business litigation, including disputes over complex financial transactions, breaches of fiduciary duty, theft of trade secrets and violations of non-competition agreements. She has extensive experience representing hedge funds, private equity firms, public companies and universities in the areas of antitrust, commercial and securities litigation. She also has significant experience defending putative consumer protection class actions. 

Gayle represents both plaintiffs and defendants in high stakes litigation. Over the past decade, she has both recovered in excess of $1 billion for her clients, as well as won defense verdicts and achieved settlements vindicating her clients’ business decisions. It is, therefore, not surprising that Gayle’s litigation prowess is hailed by both her clients and peers alike. She is recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA for Commercial Litigation and Securities — Institutional Plaintiffs, which has noted that she is a ”very impressive” ”zealous advocate” and ”an effective trial lawyer.” Gayle also has been named a New York “Litigation Star” and one of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” nationally by Benchmark Litigation since 2015, and has been named among the “500 Best Lawyers in the United States” by Lawdragon since 2013. 

Publications

“SPAC Litigation Alert: CEO of Acquisition Target Charged in First Criminal Indictment Connected to a De-SPAC Transaction,” SRZ Alert, Aug. 9, 2021

Securities Enforcement Quarterly, SRZ Publication, July 2021

“SPAC Litigation Alert: SPAC Sponsor and CEO Agree to Pay Civil Penalties and Forfeit Sponsor Shares Following SEC’s Charge of Disclosure and Due Diligence Failures,” SRZ Alert, July 20, 2021

“SPAC Litigation Alert: SEC Cautions SPAC Participants that Claims of Reduced Liability Exposure Are Overstated,” SRZ Alert, April 13, 2021

“SPAC Litigation Alert: Kwame Amo v. MultiPlan,” SRZ Alert, March 29, 2021

Distinctions

  • The Best Lawyers in America

Prior Experience

  • McKool Smith
  • Weil Gotshal and Manges
  • Locke Lord