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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Jeffrey Klein

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP


Chairs Weil’s global Labor and Employment Practice and is recognized as one of the nation’s top management attorneys. For more than 30 years, global companies, financial institutions, industry leaders and hall of fame athletes have turned to Mr. Klein for advice on their most difficult matters, including MasterCard, UnitedHealthcare, Sterling Jewelers, Godiva Chocolatier, Jumeirah Hotels and Dave Winfield. Mr. Klein focuses on class actions, restrictive covenant/trade secret disputes, terminations and workforce restructurings, internal investigations, and counseling.


Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers; Amherst College (BA, magna cum laude, 1978); Columbia University Law School (JD, 1981).

United States: Industry focus


Within: Sport

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is known for acting for major league athletes, managers, staff, owners and broadcasters in all manner of sports litigation and negotiations. Practice co-heads Yehudah Buchweitz and Eric Hochstadt defended Showtime Networks against a suite of putative class actions arising out of the August 2017 Mayweather and McGregor fight. Hochstadt is currently also assisting the direct help non-profit organization We Stand With Oakland with a potential challenge to the NFL’s relocation of the Raiders from Oakland to Las Vegas with the aim of maintaining a professional sports team in Oakland. Employment litigation practice head Jeffrey Klein has advised a range of current and former athletes, coaches and other high profile sporting individuals on their employment law concerns. On the transactional side, Boston-based Kevin Sullivan assisted Providence Equity Partners with the sale of its interest in Soccer United Marketing and handled Providence Strategic Growth Partners’ disposal of a majority stake in its portfolio company Blue Star Sports, a developer of youth sports software solutions, to Genstar Capital.

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United States: Intellectual property

Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

Within: Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s team handles a wide range of contentious as well as non-contentious matters, and boasts expertise across a range of sectors and on a nationwide scale. The group is favored by technology clients for restrictive covenants disputes as well as internal investigations and pre-litigation counseling. Jeffrey Klein and Nicholas Pappas are defending WoodSpring Hotels against allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information filed by Extended Stay America. Meanwhile, Gary Friedman is acting for Kroll in a breach of restrictive covenant and non-solicitation clause claim against one of its former managing directors, who joined BRG. In Silicon Valley, Christopher Cox maintains a steady workload of employee mobility disputes and trade secrets theft cases. Attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation

Within: ERISA litigation

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP recently bolstered its ERISA litigation practice with the promotions to partner of Jared Friedmann and Adam Banks, who operate respectively within the complex commercial litigation and appellate litigation groups. The team is currently representing the University of Miami in a putative class action filed by a former ‘voluntary faculty’ staff member claiming the university breached its fiduciary duties when it denied the claimants the opportunity to participate in a number of plans open to regular employees. The team also represented an insurance company in a nationwide class action related to the inflation rider on its long-term care insurance policies, and continues to counsel an investment management entity on its response to a series of DoL subpoenas in the context of its investigation into a pension plan. Other key clients include Genworth, UnitedHealth and Washington Mutual. The New York-based team is led by Nicholas Pappas, Jeffrey Klein and Paul Wessel.

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Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

Within: Leading lawyers

Jeffrey Klein - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Within: Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP delivers an ‘exceptional service’, is ‘outstanding for big-ticket mandates’ and handles large class and mass action litigation as well as significant single-plaintiff cases. Department head Jeffrey Klein represented Sterling Jewelers in several matters, including a significant class arbitration in which a putative class of female Sterling sales employees claimed sex discrimination and a corresponding gender bias EEOC suit (the firm acted as co-counsel alongside Seyfarth Shaw LLP). Gary Friedman represented Elite Model Management in a putative class action challenging the classification of models as independent contractors. Perella Weinberg Partners and WoodSpring Hotels are also clients. Nicholas Pappas is a ‘great ERISA attorney and employment litigator’, and counsels Lawrence Baer and Millie Warner, who is a ‘talented, thorough lawyer’, and senior associate Ami Zweig, are also recommended. Named individuals are based in New York.

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Workplace and employment counseling

Within: Leading lawyers

Jeffrey Klein - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Within: Workplace and employment counseling

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s ‘knowledgeable and strategic team’ is adept at handling complex and sensitive counseling matters such as board-level internal investigations, compliance audits, diversity initiatives, and compensation arrangements, in addition to issues arising from M&A, corporate restructuring and bankruptcy. Signet Jewelers, WoodSpring Hotels, Tiffany & Co. and UnitedHealth Group are clients for the New York-based team. Department head Jeffrey Klein is a ‘great negotiator and an excellent counselor’, ‘very good at reading the room’ and ‘tough when he needs to be’. Gary Friedman regularly advises on internal investigations and matters such as whistleblowing and other claims of misconduct, discrimination, and harassment. Nicholas Pappas, who is a highly regarded ERISA expert, counsel Millie Warner and ‘responsive’ associate Ami Zweig are also recommended.

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