Eric L. Klein is an environmental civil litigator and regulatory counselor in the Washington, D.C. office of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. He has handled cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States, litigating a variety of complex civil and commercial matters before juries, trial and appellate courts, arbitrators and administrative tribunals. Mr. Klein frequently litigates both statutory and common law claims, and specializes in challenging and defending technical experts in the litigation of complex environmental torts.
Mr. Klein’s litigation practice encompasses a variety of environmental matters, including the prosecution and defense of groundwater and site contamination cases, PCB cost allocations, environmental white-collar defense and internal investigations, and data compensation under FIFRA, the federal pesticide statute. On the regulatory side, Mr. Klein counsels clients under a range of environmental statutes, focusing primarily on FIFRA, the Clean Water Act, the Oil Pollution Act, and the federal laws and regulations governing onshore and offshore resource extraction. Mr. Klein also serves on Beveridge & Diamond’s Pro Bono Committee and maintains an active pro bono practice, specializing in the defense of tenants in the Landlord & Tenant Branch of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
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Mr. Klein is licensed to practice in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. He is a Professorial Lecturer in Law at The George Washington University Law School, teaching appellate and trial advocacy. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Chess Challenge in D.C., a nonprofit focused on academic achievement through chess instruction in elementary and middle schools.
As a second-year law student at The George Washington University Law School, Mr. Klein argued before U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who recognized Mr. Klein with "Best Oralist" and "Best Brief" awards. Following law school, Mr. Klein clerked for the Honorable Robert I. Richter at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Mr. Klein has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers Editions 2014-2017 as a "Rising Star."