Dana B. Klinges has a broad commercial litigation practice with an emphasis on class actions and on litigation in the securities, financial services and real estate areas.
Ms. Klinges has represented defendants in at least 50 class actions alleging consumer fraud and/or violations of state or federal consumer protection statutes. The underlying businesses have included mortgage lending, equipment leasing, credit cards, retail department stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, retail energy, copying services and health care, and the venues have included state and federal courts throughout the United States. Relatedly, she often advises clients on avoidance of liability under consumer statutes.
In the securities area, Ms. Klinges defends corporate clients against claims under federal and state securities laws, including claims brought as shareholder class actions and derivative suits. She advises clients on internal fraud investigations as well as investigations brought by regulators, and she represents corporations and individuals in connection with FINRA arbitrations and SEC investigations. Her cases often involve complex financial products, such as collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), collateralized loan obligations (CLOs), trust preferred securities (TruPS), residential mortgage backed securities (RMBS), auction rate securities, and tender option bonds. She also advises corporations and limited liability companies on corporate governance issues.
Ms. Klinges has represented corporations as plaintiffs or defendants in numerous breach of contract claims, involving businesses as diverse as political telemarketing, beverage distribution, and communications satellites. In the business tort and employment fields, Ms. Klinges has represented both plaintiff and defendant corporations in suits alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and breaches of restrictive covenants; has defended a senior executive in a claim for breach of multimillion-dollar employment contract; and has defended corporations against claims of defamation and discrimination.
Ms. Klinges has been involved in several complex procurement matters, representing private entities in bid protests and government entities in taxpayer suits and bid protests.
In the recent past, as alternative dispute resolution has become more prevalent, Ms. Klinges has been involved in a number of complex arbitration matters, including several protracted hearings before the American Arbitration Association. She has been lead counsel at arbitration hearings ranging from a single day to many weeks.
Although her office is located in Philadelphia, Ms. Klinges is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York and often handles matters in those jurisdictions. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 1982 and received her J.D. in 1986 from the Fordham University School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review.
Ms. Klinges is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation), Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (General Commercial Litigation) and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (Business Litigation).
•Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 2009-present
- Member, Partners' Board, 2013-present
- Partner, 1995-2009
- Chair, Litigation Department, 2007-2009
- Vice-Chair, Litigation Department, 2001-2007
- Associate, 1989-1995
•Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
- Associate, 1986-1989
Honors & Awards
•Listed in Best Lawyers Greater Philadelphia, 2016
•Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (General Commercial Litigation), 2008-present
•Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation, 2008-present
•Listed in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (Business Litigation), 2014-present
•Selected as a Philadelphia Business Journal Woman of Distinction, 2007
•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Civic and Charitable Activities
•Board Member, Trenton After School Program, 2005-2011
•Board Member, Dartmouth Club of Princeton, 2007-present
•Swarthmore Democratic Committee, 1994-1999
•Volunteer, New Image/Gaudenzia, 1992-present
•Leadership, Inc., 1997-1998 Core Leadership Program
Selected Speaking Engagements
•Panelist, What Do You Tell Your Clients When They Ask About ADR?, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2013 Business Lawyers' Institute, November 13, 2013
•Speaker, Attorney/Client Privilege for In-House Counsel, Duane Morris Institute Webinar, May 2, 2013
•Speaker, Ethical Issues & Attorney-Client Privilege, Continuing Legal Education program, King of Prussia, PA, April 22, 2013
•Panelist, ADR Provisions in Agreements, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2011 Business Lawyers' Institute, November 9, 2011
•Speaker, How Do Recent Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Impact Experts Testifying in Federal Court? SEAK, Inc. 20th Anniversary National Expert Witness Conference, Naples, FL, April 15, 2011
•Moderator and Panelist, What In-House Counsel Need to Know About the Changing Landscape in Litigation: Experienced Lawyers Report from the Front Lines on Attorney-Client Privilege, E-Discovery, and Long-Arm Jurisdiction, Association of Corporate Counsel (DELVACCA Chapter), 3rd Annual In-House Counsel Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 7, 2011
•Speaker, Attorney-Client Privilege, Work Product Doctrine, and Confidentiality as Applied to In-House Counsel, Continuing legal education program, Plymouth Meeting, PA, July 27, 2010
•Speaker, Recent Supreme Court Decisions Impacting Corporate Liability, National Association of Women Lawyers, General Counsel Institute, New York City, November 5, 2009
•Speaker, Ethics in the Electronic Era, Continuing legal education program, King of Prussia, PA, May 12, 2009