Lang & Klain, PLC

 

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William G. Klain

Lang & Klain, PLC

8767 E. Via de Commercio, Suite 102
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
480-947-1911

Legal Assistant

Janel Rubert

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William G. Klain

Partner

Arizona commercial litigation and corporate lawyer Bill Klain represents clients in business litigation – including civil matters involving intentional torts and negligence – and in the formation and governance of corporations, limited partnerships and limited liability companies.

For over 20 years, Bill has successfully helped his clients navigate a wide range of disputes involving:

  • Business divorces and dissolutions

  • Fiduciary breaches

  • Business torts

  • Sales contracts

  • Buy-sell agreements

  • Non-compete, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements

  • A variety of other commercial disputes

A Best Lawyers® selectee and Super Lawyers honoree in business litigation, co-chairs the Arizona Supreme Court’s Task Force on the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure and has served on the State Bar of Arizona’s Civil Practice and Procedure Committee for 15 years (chairing the Committee from 2011 to 2014).

He is a member of the Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Rules of Evidence and the Arizona Judicial Council’s Committee on Superior Court.

Previously, Bill served on the Court’s Business Court Advisory Committee, which developed Arizona’s Commercial Court.

 

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Business Law

Appellate Law

Honors and Awards

Chief Justice's Outstanding Contribution to the Arizona Courts Award, 2016

Super Lawyers: Business Litigation, 2012-2016

The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, 2015, 2016

State Bar of Arizona “Member of the Year,” 2013

Arizona’s Finest Lawyers (Sustaining Member), 2014-present

Award of Excellence, Scottsdale Bar Association, 2012

State Bar of Arizona: President’s Award (Contributions to Civil Practice and Procedure), 2008

Professional Memberships

American Bar Association

State Bar of Arizona: Civil Practice and Procedure Committee (Chair, 2011-2014; member, 2000-present); Ethical Rule 1.15 Task Force; Business Section

Task Force on the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure, Arizona Supreme Court: Co-Chair

Committee on Civil Justice Reform, Arizona Supreme Court

Business Court Advisory Committee, Arizona Supreme Court

Advisory Committee on Rules of Evidence, Arizona Supreme Court

Committee on Superior Court, Arizona Judicial Council (State Bar of Arizona Representative)

Case Management and Trial Setting Task Force, Administrative Office of the Court, 2013

Committee on Civil Rules of Procedure for Limited Jurisdiction Courts, Arizona Supreme Court

Commercial Court Practices and Procedure Committee, Maricopa County Superior Court

Civil Study Committee, Maricopa County Superior Court

State Bar of Colorado

Scottsdale Bar Association, past president

Maricopa County Bar Association

Thurgood Marshall Inn of Court

Professional Presentations

"Civil Law Updates" (faculty member), Arizona Judicial Conference, June 2016

“Where We’re Going, We Still Need Rules: Back to the Future in Civil Litigation” (panelist), State Bar of Arizona Convention, June 2016

"Evidence Law Update" (panelist), State Bar of Arizona Convention, June 2015, June 2016

“Sea Changes in the Federal and Arizona Rules of Civil procedure: The Winter 2016 Civil Rules Update”
(panelist), State Bar of Arizona, February 2016

“2015 Amendments to the Arizona and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,” Chair and Co-Presenter, Arizona Attorney General’s Office, January 2016

“Civil Litigation Rules and Case Law Update” (panelist), State Bar of Arizona Convention, June 2015

“2015 Civil Practice and Procedure Symposium,” State Bar of Arizona, Seminar Chair and Panelist, April 2015

“The Rules They Are A-Changin’ (Again): 2015 Arizona Civil Rules Update,” State Bar of Arizona, Panelist, January 2015

“Civil Rules Update,” Scottsdale Bar Association, December 2014

“The Rules of Civil Procedure: An Examination of the Discovery and Trial Rules in Justice, State and Federal Court," Maricopa County Bar Association, 2014 Arizona Paralegal Conference, Faculty Member, October 2014

“Annual Bench and Bar Luncheon,” State Bar of Arizona, Seminar Chair, 2012-2014

“Integrating Technology into Pre-Trial Preparation,” State Bar of Arizona CLE by the Sea, Faculty Member, July 2014

“The Rules They Are A-Changin’ (Again): 2014 Arizona Civil Rules Update,” State Bar of Arizona, Seminar Chair and Co-Presenter, January 2014

“They’re Changing Again?! 2014 Arizona Civil Rules Update,” Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona, Seminar Chair and Panelist, December 2013

“Know Your Appeal (and Avoid Losing It Before It Starts),” State Bar of Arizona CLE by the Sea, Seminar Co-Chair and Panelist, July 2013

“Rules Maintenance: Civil Rules Update, the Restyled Arizona Rules of Evidence, and the Adoption of Daubert in Arizona,” State Bar of Arizona CLE by the Sea, Seminar Co-Chair and Panelist, July 2013

“Current Trends in Discovery, Disclosure, ADR and Expert Witness Preparation and Testimony,” State Bar of Arizona CLE by the Sea, Seminar Co-Chair and Panelist, July 2013

“Challenges of Technology in 21st Century Law Practice,” State Bar of Arizona CLE by the Sea, Panelist, July 2013

“2013 Civil Rules Update,” Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Seminar Chair and Co-Presenter, February 2013

“The Rules They Are A-Changin’ (Again): 2013 Arizona Civil Rules Update,” State Bar of Arizona, Seminar Chair and Co-Presenter, January 2013

“The Rules Are Changing! Litigators Beware!” Scottsdale Bar Association, December 2012

“The Challenges of New Technologies in Law Practice,” State Bar of Arizona, Panelist, March 2012

“Nuts & Bolts of Civil Practice & Procedure: Views from the Bench and Bar,” State Bar of Arizona, Seminar Chair, 2006-2009, 2011, 2012

“Effective Deposition Practice,” DNA People’s Legal Services, Inc. (Guest Lecturer), October 2011

“Civil Litigation Rules and Case Law Update,” State Bar of Arizona, Seminar Chair, 2008-2011; Faculty Member, 2003-2007

“Overview of the American Justice System,” Western International University (guest lecturer), June 2010

“Update on Changes in the Federal and Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure and Rules of Evidence,” Civil Division, Arizona Attorney General’s Office, April 2010

“The New E-Discovery Rules,” Thurgood Marshall Inn of Court, 2008

“Case-Dispositive Motions: Rules 12 and 56 Compared and Contrasted,” In-House Associate Seminar, 2007

“Strategic Use and Timing of Discovery Devices,” In-House Associate Seminar, 2006

“Objective-Driven Pleading,” In-House Associate Seminar, 2006

Articles

Employee Misuse of Confidential Information, Litigation Advisor, December 2014

A Long and Winding Road: How We Reached the 2014 Amendments, Arizona Attorney, February 2014

Fixing Holes Where the Rain Gets In: Seven Recent Arizona Civil Rule Amendments Dissected, Record Reporter, February 2014

Restrictive Covenants in Employment Agreements, January 2014

Customer List: Not Necessarily a Trade Secret, November 2013

Significant Differences Between Arizona and Federal Civil Procedure, Litigation Advisor, May 2013

In a Lawsuit Arising from an Online Transaction, Where Should an Unhappy Buyer File Suit?, Litigation Advisor, September 2010

Much Ado About Cullen: Twombly Not Arizona Law ... for Now, Arizona Attorney, December 2009

Asset Transfers and the Doctrine of Successor Liability, Litigation Advisor, August 2008

Court Admissions

All Arizona Courts

U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Colorado State Courts

Education

J.D., University of Denver, 1994

B.S., University of Richmond, 1991

Birthplace

Mexico City