Andrew Klein is Counsel in the firm's Commercial Litigation Practice Group. His primary focus is complex construction, land use and real estate litigation. Andrew joined the firm in 1999 after serving as an assistant district attorney for the City of Philadelphia. He is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried hundreds of cases to verdict.
Construction. Andrew has represented owners, developers, contractors, engineers and architects in a broad range of construction-related disputes. These include the construction of a 225-mile fiber-optic network running from Washington, D.C. to New York; the development and financing of office buildings, apartment complexes and farm land; multimillion dollar residential renovation and construction projects; build-outs of commercial shopping center spaces; construction of telecommunication towers and systems; construction of the Atlantic City Convention Center; a labor dispute before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regarding the construction of the Burlington Center Mall; the remediation of commercial and residential buildings; and construction and mechanics' lien matters. Andrew also advises clients concerning construction contracts, bid documentation and the claims process.
Land Use and Real Estate Litigation. Andrew has represented clients in numerous land use and real estate matters. These include commercial landlord/tenant disputes, mortgage foreclosures of office buildings and commercial properties, cases concerning easements and adverse possession issues, regulatory matters before Philadelphia's Department of Licenses and Inspections, and numerous environmental engagements, including the removal of underground and aboveground storage tanks, the remediation of contaminated sites, and trials before Pennsylvania's Environmental Hearing Board.
General Litigation. Andrew has also represented clients in a broad range of complex commercial litigation, including telecommunication, securities, intellectual property, environmental and labor and employment litigation. He has represented wireless telephone and cable television providers in class action and complex business litigation (including age discrimination, sales practices, and quality-of-service class actions), and in litigation with current and former agents. Andrew was a member of a team of Drinker Biddle lawyers who won summary judgment for Ernst & Young in a securities fraud class action, IKON Office Solutions, Inc. Securities Litigation, and he has represented broker-dealers and asset managers in NASD arbitrations and investigations. Andrew has defended clients in patent enforcement and trade secret litigation, and in addition to his work on environmental land use matters, he has represented haulers and manufacturers of hazardous, residual and municipal waste throughout Pennsylvania. He has also defended corporations in wrongful discharge and personal injury matters and has successfully represented clients in obtaining and defending against preliminary and permanent injunctive relief.
Investigations. Drawing on his experience as a prosecutor, Andrew has provided advice to a number of public and private companies both in internal Sarbanes-Oxley investigations and in responding to subpoenas from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other governmental agencies.
Prior Experience. Prior to joining the firm, Andrew served for four years as an assistant district attorney for the City of Philadelphia, where he tried hundreds of bench and jury trials and handled numerous death penalty cases while assigned to the office's Post-Conviction Relief Unit. Andrew also served as a special assistant to Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr's staff on the United States Senate Judiciary Committee during the confirmation process of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and he clerked for the Honorable Vincent A. Cirillo of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.
Community Service. Andrew is dedicated to community service and has represented many clients in pro bono matters. For over six years, he has served as a volunteer advocate for the Support Center for Child Advocacy, where he has represented abused and neglected children through all phases of the dependency court process. In addition, Andrew represented an innocent man, who was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to eleven-years imprisonment, and succeeded in overturning his conviction following a three-year post-conviction relief process. Andrew has also represented indigent clients in divorce, immigration, landlord-tenant and other civil matters.
Organizations and Affiliations. Andrew serves on the Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention of the Philadelphia Bar Association and is a member of the Bar Association's Professional Responsibility Committee. He is a member of the American Bar Association's Forum on Construction. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Crime Victims Legal Assistance Foundation and is on the board of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Alumni Association. Andrew was a barrister of the University of Pennsylvania Law School's American Inn of Court and served on the alumni board of the Widener University School of Law. He is a member of the Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey Bars and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. In 2004, Andrew was recognized as a Pennsylvania Lawyer on the Fast Track by American Lawyer Media.