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Neil Klein

Neil is a partner at McKasson & Klein LLP in Irvine, California, a boutique law firm established in 1995, near the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

Neil is a litigator and a transactional lawyer. His practice focuses on international transactions and disputes, maritime, commercial/business and employment matters, licensing, corporate formation and set up. Among others, he represents foreign and US entrepreneurs, manufacturers, suppliers, importers and exporters, vessel owners and charterers, P&I Clubs, container lessors, bunker suppliers, and several US ports.

He handles maritime Rule B, C and D vessel arrests & attachments, bunker claims, charter party disputes, port tariffs, regulatory matters and creditors in maritime bankruptcies. He also advises manufacturers, construction companies and related business interests on offshore wind farm and energy related projects, including US Jones Act compliance.

Neil has been recognized as one of the “Top 5” commercial lawyers in Southern California since 2015, and has been an expert witness on US maritime and California commercial law issues in China, England and the Bahamas. He also acts as an arbitrator in shipping disputes.
He grew up in Durban, South Africa and was admitted to the South African Bar before coming to California.

Neil is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences, and has published many articles on maritime and international issues and disputes. He is a Proctor member of the Maritime Law Association, and a member of the International Bar Association, Maritime & Transport Law Section.

Reported Decisions:

Krish v. Balasubramaniam | 2007 WL 1219281 (C.D. 2007)
A true international case of forum non conveniens – California was held to be a “convenient forum,” not India, despite application of Indian law with regard to real estate contract dispute.
Trans-Tec v. M/V Harmony Container | 437 F. Supp 2d 1124 (D. Cal. 2006)
Application of U.S. “choice of law” clause to bunker fuel contract; no U.S. maritime lien applicable with regard to foreign supplier, foreign supply, foreign vessel and foreign port.
Trans-Tec v. M/V Harmony Container | 435 F. Supp 2d 1015 (D. Cal. 2005)
Application of Malaysian law to breach of contract claim in U.S. federal court.
Neil Klein

Practice Areas:

Admiralty / Maritime Law
Business Law
Employment and Labor Law


Natal University, Pietermaritzburg: Law (1977)




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Neil Klein

Neil Klein