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Linda A. Klein

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Linda A. Klein is senior managing shareholder at Baker Donelson and recently completed a six-year term on the Firm's Board of Directors.

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Linda Klein: ABA Veterans Legal Services will serve those who have risked their lives defending the rule of law August 9, 2016
Linda Klein Outlines Her Year as ABA President August 8, 2016
Linda Klein: Every child has a right to a high-quality education August 9, 2016
Linda Klein: ABA Blueprint will help members be more efficient and productive August 9, 2016
Linda Klein Explains the Work of the ABA House of Delegates (Part 1) August 20, 2012
Linda Klein Explains the Work of the ABA House of Delegates (Part 2) August 20, 2012

Professional Biography

Overview

Ms. Klein practice includes most types of business dispute resolution, including contract law, employment law and professional liability. She has worked extensively with clients in the construction, higher education and pharmaceutical industries.

Ms. Klein is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Who's Who in America and Chambers USA. She is regularly named to the Super Lawyers top 100 lawyers in Georgia, an honor bestowed upon only nine women in 2014. She is also regularly named one of the top 50 female lawyers in Georgia by Super Lawyers. In 1998, following her term as the first woman to serve as president of the State Bar of Georgia, Georgia Trend Magazine named her one of the 100 most powerful and influential Georgians.  

Ms. Klein is the current president for the American Bar Association (ABA), the world's largest voluntary professional association. She previously served as chair of the ABA's House of Delegates, the association's policy making body. She has also served as chair of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, chair of the Committee on Rules and Calendar of the House of Delegates, chair of the Coalition for Justice, and chair of ABA Day, the Association's Congressional outreach effort. She is a recent member of the Council of the ABA Section of International Law and also served as a columnist and on the Board of Editors of Law Practice Management Magazine. In 2013 Ms. Klein had the honor of being a McGlothlin fellow on the campuses of William and Mary's Business and Law Schools. In 2012 she delivered the commencement address at the Washington and Lee School of Law. In 2009 Ms. Klein was honored with the Randolph Thrower Award for Lifetime Achievement and was named to the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers. In 2004 the American Bar Association honored Ms. Klein with the prestigious Margaret Brent Achievement Award.

She currently holds numerous board of director positions, including for Southface Energy Institute, and serves on the executive committee of the Buckhead Coalition. She also serves on the advisory boards of Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers. She is a past president of the Board of Directors' Network, past president of the Caucus of State Bars, and past chair of both the Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia and the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia.

Ms. Klein has authored numerous published works. Her lecture schedule has included presentations in France, Sweden, Spain, Russia, Great Britain and Canada, but most extensively in the southeast United States. She is a member of the American Law Institute, and a mediator and arbitrator, frequently serving as a neutral as well as a client advocate.

Professional Honors & Activities

State Government-Related Activities

  • Vice Chair – Georgia Supreme Court Commission on Equality (1998 – current)
  • Member – Georgia Superior Court Clerks Co-operative Authority (2002 – 2005)
  • Blue Ribbon Commission on the Judiciary (1999 – 2001)
  • Judicial Council Committee to Distribute Domestic Violence Funding (1998 – current)
  • Treasurer – Law Related Education Consortium (1999 – 2001); Executive Committee (current)
  • Board of Directors – Institute for Continuing Judicial Education (1998 – 1999)
  • Judicial Nominating Commission, State of Georgia (1997 – 1998)
  • Judicial Qualifications Commission, Committee to Study Canon 7, Judicial Campaigns (1997)
  • Committee to Advise Sen. Cleland on Judicial Vacancy in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, (1997 – 1999)
  • Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism (1997 – 1999)
  • Ex-Officio, Council of Superior Court Judges, Committee on Uniform Rules (1990 – 1997)
  • Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution (1997 – 1998)

Local Bar-Related Activities

  • Atlanta Legal Aid Society Campaign Chair (2004)
  • Atlanta Bar Association – Board of Directors, Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers (1985 – 1989); Chair, Commission on Uniform Rules of Court (1985 – 1989)
  • Georgia Association for Women Lawyers
  • Charter Member, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Georgia Chapter
  • Gate City Bar
  • Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys

Caucus of State Bar Associations

  • President (2001 – 2002); Executive Committee (1998 – 2005); President-Elect (2001)
  • Delegate (1998 – current)
  • Southern Conference of Bar Presidents (1996 – current)

Community Activities

  • Board of Directors – Buckhead Coalition
  • Co-chair – Friends Committee of  the National Association of Women Judges Mid-Year Meeting and Southeastern Leadership Conference (2009)
  • Board of Directors – Brain Injury Association of Georgia (1998 – 2003); Executive Committee (2000 – 2001); Chair, Public Affairs Cabinet (2000 – 2001); Chair, Legislative Committee (1998 – 1999); Chair, Special Committee on Legislation (1993 – 1998)
  • Board of Directors – Southface Energy Institute (Not-for-profit organization that promotes sustainable development) –  (1994 – current); Chair, Board Development Committee (1999 – current); Chair, Legal Committee (1994 – 2000)
  • Board of Directors – Board of Directors Network (Not for profit organization with a mission to diversify corporate boards of directors), President (2001); Board of Directors (1998 – current); Chair, Women of Color in Corporate Governance Program (2001); Chair, Program Committee (2002); Moderator, Women Presidents Forum (2000); Co-chair, Membership Division (1999)
  • Board of Directors and Secretary – Neighbor to Family, Inc. (2005 – current)
  • Women's Forum of Georgia (local affiliate of the International Women's Forum), (1999 – current); Board of Directors (2005 – current)
  • Atlanta Women's Alliance (2000 – 2001); (non-profit) Women Presidents and Board Chairs
  • Scholarship Fundraising Committee –  Cool Girls (2003 – 2004)
  • Leadership Georgia, Class of 1997; Leadership Georgia Foundation (1997 – current)
  • Leadership Atlanta, Class of 2000; Leadership Atlanta Foundation (2000 – current)
  • Co-chair – National Association of Women Judges, Local Friends Committee (1996)

Recent Awards

  • Named to the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (2016)
  • Recipient of the State Bar of Georgia's "Distinguished Service Award" (2015)
  • Recipient of the Daily Report's First "Lifetime Achievement Award" (2015)
  • Recipient of the Susan E. Rich Women's Initiative Award (2015)
  • Recognized as one of Atlanta's "Top 20 Women in Business" by the Atlanta Business Chronicle (2014)
  • Named to Profiles in Diversity's 2013 Women Worth Watching
  • Named a "Champion for Justice" by the Georgia Legal Services Program (2013)
  • Recipient of the State Bar of Georgia's Chief Justice Thomas O. Marshall Professionalism Award (2010 – 2011)
  • Recipient of the inaugural "Fastcase 50" award (2011)
  • Fellows of the American Bar Association Outstanding State Chair Award (2010)
  • YWCA Women of Achievement Award (saluting women who embody the YWCA's mission of empowering women and eliminating racism), (2009)
  • State Bar of Georgia Randolph W. Thrower Commitment to Equality Award (2009)
  • Listed since 2009 in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers in the area of Construction and Commercial Litigation
  • Listed in Georgia Super Lawyers since 2004; listed among the top 100 attorneys in Georgia; listed among the top 50 female attorneys in Georgia
  • Named to Lawdragon 3000 (2010)
  • Named by Georgia Trend magazine in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 as one of Georgia's Legal Elite 
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2006 in the areas of Commercial and Construction Litigation, Insurance Law, and Arbitration and Mediation
  • Recipient of the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award (2004)
  • First recipient of Atlanta Bar Association's Outstanding Woman in the Profession Achievement Award (2001)
  • Atlanta magazine's Woman Making a Mark (2001)
  • Sol H. Clark Pro Bono Award (1999)
  • Georgia Association for Women Lawyers Woman Lawyer of Achievement Award (1999)
  • Partnership Against Domestic Violence Award (1998)
  • Georgia Minority/Elected and Appointed Officials Naomi Henson Humanitarian Award (1998)
  • ABA/TIPS Pro Bono Honor Roll (2005)

State Bar-Related Activities

  • President – State Bar of Georgia (June 1997 – June 1998); Immediate Past President (June 1998 – June 1999)
  • President-elect – State Bar of Georgia (June 1996 – June 1997); Secretary (June 1994 – June 1996)
  • Chair – Board of Trustees, Georgia Institute for Continuing Legal Education (1998 – 1999); Board Member (1994 – 2000);
  • Vice Chair – Equality Commission (2000 – 2005)
  • Chair – Task Force on Multidisciplinary Practice (1999 – 2001)
  • Chair – State Bar of Georgia Uniform Rules Committee (1992 – 1996)
  • Board of Directors – Georgia Bar Foundation (1996 – 1998, 2005 – 2007)
  • Chair, Lawyers' Foundation of Georgia (2005 – 2007), Board of Directors and Vice Chair (1998 – 2005)
  • Board of Directors – Georgia Access to Justice Project (1998 – 1999)
  • Co-Chair – Statewide Judicial Evaluation Committee (1994 – 1997)
  • Chair – Personnel Committee (1992 – 1997)
  • Chair – Program Committee (1995 – 1997)
  • Vice Chair – State Bar of Georgia Professional Liability Committee (1988 – 1994)
  • Advisory Committee on Legislation, State Bar of Georgia (1994 – 1999)
  • Bench & Bar Committee, Fifth Judicial District, Atlanta (1990 – 1996)
  • General Counsel Overview Committee (1994 – 1997)
  • Law Practice Management Advisory Committee (1994 – 1997)
  • Evidence Code Revision Committee (1988 – 1994)
  • Post-Conviction Study Committee (1991 – 1997)
  • Budget Committee (1994 – 1997)
  • Bar Center Committee (purchase of the Federal Reserve Building for a Bar Center), (1996)

ABA-Related Activities

  • President (2016)
  • President-Elect (2015)
  • Special Advisor, Standing Committee on Membership (2013 – current)
  • ABA Board of Governors (2012 – current)
    • Special Advisor – ABA Program, Evaluation & Planning Committee
  • Council Member, Section of International Law (2012 – current)
  • Chair – ABA Day (2012 – current) 
  • Member and Subcommittee Co-Chair – Magna Carta 2015 Committee (2012 – current)
  • Co-Chair – Section of Litigation, ABA Resource Committee (2012 – current) 
  • Member – ABA International Operations Task Force (2012 – current)
  • Program Committee, National Conference of Bar Presidents (2012 – current)
  • Columnist – "Taking the Lead," Law Practice Management Magazine (2012 – current)
  • Women Rainmakers Committee, Law Practice Management Section (2013)
  • Editorial Board, Law Practice Management Magazine (2012 – current)
  • Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Law Practice Management Section (2012 – current)
  • Chair of the House of Delegates (2010 – 2012)
  • Chair of the Committee on Rules & Calendar of the House of Delegates (2006 – 2008)
  • Chair of the Coalition for Justice (2006 – 2010)
  • Select Committee of the House of Delegates (2004 – 2006)
  • Standing Committee on State and Local Bar Activities (2001 – 2004)
  • Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services (2000 – 2001)
  • Standing Committee on Publication Oversight (2004 – 2010)
  • The Commission on the American Judiciary (2005)

Section of Tort & Insurance Practice (TIPS)

  • Section Chair (2003 – 2004)
  • Section Chair-elect (2001); Vice Chair (2003)
  • Council Member (1998 – 2005)
  • Chair – Trial Techniques Committee (1991 – 1992); Chair-elect (1990 – 1991); Newsletter Editor (1988 – 1990)
  • Chair – Task Force Outreach to State & Local Bar Associations (1998 – 2001)
  • Chair – Annual Meeting Program Committee (1996 – 1997)
  • ABA/TIPS Committee (2002 – 2005); Chair-elect (2005 – 2006)
  • Diversity Committee (2005 – 2007)
  • Financial Committee (1998 – 2000)
  • Membership Committee (2000 – 2001)
  • Long Range Planning Committee (1993 – 1996, 2001 – 2002) – Committee Chair (2001 – 2002); Chair, Subcommittee on Publications (1995 – 1996); Chair, Subcommittee on Empowerment and Governance (1994 – 1995); Chair, Subcommittee on Section Name (1993 – 1994)
  • CLE Board (1996 – 1997)
  • Communications Coordinating Group (1995 – 1997)
  • Professionalism Committee (1996 – 1998)
  • Vice Chair – Fidelity & Surety Committee; Co-Chair, Membership Division (1993 – 1994); Chair, Legislative Division (1994 – 1995)
  • Membership Involvement Committee (1992 – 1993)

National Conference of Bar Presidents

  • Executive Council (1998 – 2001)
  • Nominating Committee (2002, 2003)
  • Chair – Sponsorship Committee (1997 – 2000)
  • Chair – Emerging Issues Committee (2000-2001, premier year for this committee)
  • Producer – "One Minute to Midnight, Dealing with Crisis in Your Bar Association" (2000)
  • Producer – "Multidisciplinary Practice and Legal Services to the Poor" (2000)
  • Producer – "Raising Your Bar," Atlanta (1999)
  • Presenter – "How to Make Your Annual Meeting a Hit," San Antonio (January 1997)

Section Officers' Conference

  • Chair – Class of American Bar Association Section Vice Chairs (2001 – 2002)
  • Chair – Class of American Bar Association Section Chair-elects (2002 – 2003)
  • Chair – Annual Section Officers' Conference Programming (2003)
  • Speaker – Section Officers' Conference Meeting (2004)

Other Section Activities

  • Council Member of the International Law Section
  • Litigation Section – Annual Meeting Planning Committee, Atlanta meeting (1999)
  • Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Law Practice Management Section (Board of Editors, Law Practice Management Magazine)

Other Law-Related Activities

  • Best Lawyers Advisory Board (2011 – current)
  • Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference – Conference Planning Committee (1999)
  • Life Fellow – American Bar Foundation
  • American Law Institute – Elected Member (2002 – current); Program Committee, ALI-ABA (2006 – 2008)
  • College of Law Practice Management (2005 – current); Board of Trustees (2012 – current) 
  • American Arbitration Association – Panel of Arbitrators (Commercial and Construction Panels; Certified Mediator)
  • Founding Member – The Georgia Academy of Mediators & Arbitrators
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Linda Klein of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC represents clients in an array of commercial disputes. Areas of expertise include breach of contract and professional liability matters.

Linda Klein of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC is described by one client as 'one of the best I have ever met.' Peers regard her as a 'precise lawyer' and an 'efficient arbitrator.' Klein's recent clients include architects, engineers and subcontractors.

Linda Klein of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC is described by sources as 'a tremendous leader in the state Bar' who is 'well known for her civic work.' Her portfolio of work encompasses a wide range of corporate litigation matters. 

Linda Klein of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC is highly experienced in a wide range of construction law matters. Clients note that 'her knowledge of the construction industry is unbelievable.'

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