Hal J. Kleinman is an experienced litigator who joined Stutman Law in 2016, where he is a member of the mass tort subrogation department. For the past twenty-five years, Mr. Kleinman’s practice focused on the area of mass torts and class actions representing of victims of dangerous and defective products including pharmaceutical products, medical devices, motor vehicles, tobacco products, as well as victims of food poisoning. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Kleinman practiced law in Chicago, Philadelphia and Baltimore where his practice concentrated in the area of Complex Litigation, Mass Torts and Class Actions. Mr. Kleinman was appointed to the Class Counsel Management Committee in Cress, et al. v. Sara Lee Corporation, Case No. 98 L 15072 (Cir. Ct., Cook County, Ill.) that resulted in a Nationwide Class Action Settlement. For his work in this matter, Mr. Kleinman was asked to be a guest lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School’s Class Action Controversies Seminar and to discuss the Sara Lee litigation.
Mr. Kleinman has represented thousands of clients in various mass tort Multidistrict Litigations including, MDL-926, In re Silicone Gel Breast Implants Prod. Liab. Lit.; MDL-1014 In re Orthopedic Bone Screw Prod. Liab. Lit.; MDL-1203, In re Diet Drugs (Phen-Fen/Dexfenfluramine) Prod. Liab. Lit.; MDL-1348, In re Rezelin Prod. Liab. Lit.; MDL-1355, In re Propulsid Prod. Liab. Lit.; MDL-1431, In re Baycol Prod. Liab. Lit.; MDL-1477, In re Serzone Prod. Liab. Lit.; MDL-1481, In re Meridia Prod. Liab. Lit.; MDL-1507, In re Prempro Prod. Liab. Lit.; MDL-1596, In re Zyprexa Prod. Liab. Lit.; MDL-1598, In re Ephedra Prod. Liab. Lit.; MDL-1629, In re Neurontin Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation; MDL-1657, In re Vioxx Marketing, Sales Practices and Prod. Liab. Lit.; MDL-1708, In re Guidant Corp. Implantable Defibrillators Prod. Liab. Lit.; MDL-1724, In re Viagra Prod. Liab. Lit.; and MDL-1726, In re Medtronic, Inc., Implantable Defibrillators Prod. Liab. Lit.
Mr. Kleinman and Mr. Carey obtained a successful decision before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co. v. EZ-FLO International, Inc., No. 17-56523 (9th Cir. 2017). The Ninth Circuit rejected an argument that the Class Action Fairness Act allowed removal of a mass tort action brought by subrogated insurers against a product manufacturer to the federal district court, as an exception to the requirement for diversity jurisdiction.
Mr. Kleinman graduated from Ithaca College in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Industry where he studied classical opera and earned his Juris Doctorate from The John Marshall Law School in 1994. He is admitted to practice before all courts in the states of Illinois, Pennsylvania and Maryland; as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, District of Nebraska, District of Maryland; the Seventh, Third and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals; and the United States Court of Federal Claims. Mr. Kleinman has also been admitted to practice pro hac vice in numerous state and federal courts around the country.