Richard Klein, a seasoned trial lawyer, brings over 25 years of experience to the table. Since 1995, Richard D. Klein has passionately fought on behalf of his clients, offering a voice to those navigating through some of the most emotionally draining times of their lives. By shouldering the burden of personal injury and wrongful death cases, he advocates for individuals and families whose lives have been forever altered by accidents involving semi-trucks, cars, motorcycles, boats, and aircraft. Drawing upon his extensive expertise, Richard Klein provides exceptional representation and defense for his clients, always maintaining their dignity.
Richard has successfully litigated over 125 bench and jury trials throughout his career. He commenced his journey by immediately taking on cases at the prestigious Charles Shaw law firm in St. Louis, renowned for its outstanding criminal defense work. After gaining invaluable experience by handling numerous cases at Charles Shaw, Richard expanded his practice to include Personal Injury, driven by his desire to assist those in dire need after suffering harm.
His remarkable legal skills were recognized with a Jury Verdict published in MATA’s esteemed publication for achieving the best result.
Throughout his career, Richard has secured multiple settlements and judgments that have been reported in the esteemed Missouri Lawyers Weekly.
Attorney Klein has been consistently included in the TOP Verdicts & Settlements annual report published by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.
Richard Klein has been listed as one of the National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 Lawyers for Civil Plaintiffs.
He proudly holds a lifetime membership in the esteemed Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a testament to his exceptional legal achievements.
Richard Klein is also honored to be a lifetime member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Licensed to Practice Law
Richard has been licensed to practice law in several jurisdictions:
- Missouri, 1995
- Illinois, 1996
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2018
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 1995
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 1995
Throughout his career, Richard Klein has held multiple positions at esteemed legal organizations:
- Missouri State House of Representatives, 1992 Legislative Assistant
- Missouri State Public Defender, Rule 13 Certified Intern, St. Louis County, 1993-94
- Charles M. Shaw Law Firm, Associate, 1995-1996
- Stahlhuth & Rudder Law Firm, Associate, 1996-1999
- James C. Ochs, Attorney, P.C., Associate, 1999-2005
- Ochs & Klein Attorneys, P.C., Partner, 2006-present
Richard Klein’s educational background is as follows:
- SMSU, now known as Missouri State University, cum laude, B.S., 1992
- Washington University School of Law
- University of Tulsa College of Law, Juris Doctorate, 1995
- Phi Delta Phi Honors Fraternity, SBA Delegate
- Mock Trial Team Captain, ATLA Award for Trial Advocacy
Richard Klein is an esteemed member of the legal community, affiliated with the following organizations:
- Missouri Bar Association
- Illinois Bar Association
- Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
- American Association for Justice
- Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
- MATA Hall of Fame
- Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum – Life Member
- Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum – Life Member
- Top 100 National Trial Lawyers
- Selected to Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers
Richard Klein has contributed to the legal field as an author and lecturer. Notable publication:
- “Damages in Civil Cases” published by NBI
Rich has deep roots in St. Louis, having spent his entire life in the city. Growing up in Fenton and attending John F. Kennedy H.S., he worked his way through college and law school. Both of Richard’s parents were proud union members, with his father working as an auto technician and his mother as a grocery clerk. Richard understands and appreciates the advantages that labor unions provide for families through collective bargaining agreements. He vividly remembers joining his father on picket lines during the 1970s as a young boy. Consequently, Richard empathizes with the financial challenges many families face. He is committed to assisting families through difficult times when their breadwinners are injured due to the negligent actions of others. Richard’s wife, Michelle, is also a JFK alum, and they have three children. They are active members of Ascension Parish in Chesterfield. Richard has served as a trustee for the Royalwood Subdivision for five years. He has also coached youth soccer and competitive baseball from 2006 to 2019.
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