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William Klein

William S. Klein

Shareholder

The Letitia Building
70 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95113
408.286.9800
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  • Bar Admissions
    • State Bar of California
    • American Bar Association
    • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Education
    • Juris Doctor (1985)
      Santa Clara University
    • BS, Political Science
      California State University, Sacramento

Be grateful that Bill Klein is still willing to wear a necktie.  Especially if you’re involved with a piece of land with complex legal and potentially costly environmental issues.

“The people in the office know when I’m on my way to a hearing or to the courthouse.  The tie is part of my game face.”

Bill is highly respected as a litigator, advisor and mediator who helps businesses and others with difficult and complex cases.  These comprise a broad range of contract and related disputes and environmental matters.  He represents clients in private cost recovery and consequential damages actions, governmental Superfund cases, toxic tort cases, contract disputes over environmental liabilities, Proposition 65 actions, and environmental insurance coverage disputes. He also counsels clients on environmental matters pending before federal, state and local administrative agencies, and on environmental issues arising in real property and business transactions.

“My clients will tell you that my experience representing either side of a dispute is a big advantage.  They begin every case with a head start, because I know the other side’s probable strategies.”

When he’s not putting on a tie
Bill served as Hopkins & Carley’s Managing Shareholder and President for over 15 years and oversaw the firm’s growth to triple its size, while making strategic strides towards measured, sustainable growth.”

“Singling out a practice area that I believe best models what we’ve become is a little like trying to pick my favorite child.  The reputations we’ve built in IP litigation and for our family wealth clients are pretty typical across the board…and really impressive in terms of effectiveness and cut-to-the-chase efficiency.”

Other than Hopkins & Carley
The San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce bought its headquarters building while Bill was the Chamber Chair.  He was also the General Counsel for the local repertory theatre during their successful capital drive and construction of a new theater.

Why a lawyer?
“I was the legislative director to a California Assembly member after college.  That’s when I figured the law was the best way to contribute and make a difference.” 

Leadership
  • Executive Committee, Legal Counsel, San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce (Past Member)
  • Board Chair, Good Karma Bikes
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