Mr. Adam T. Klein

Mr. Adam T. Klein: Attorney with Outten & Golden LLP
  • Managing Partner at Outten & Golden LLP (72 Attorneys)
  • 685 Third Avenue, 25th Floor, New York, NY 10017
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ADAM T. KLEIN is Managing Partner of Outten & Golden LLP, and founded the firm's class action practice area. His practice focuses on the prosecution of class actions and impact litigation of employment discrimination and wage and hour claims. Mr. Klein currently serves as lead or co-lead plaintiffs' counsel in numerous major class action lawsuits involving discrimination claims in the financial services industry, the high tech industry, and challenges to the use of credit and criminal history records for employment decisions. At present, Mr. Klein is co-lead plaintiffs’ counsel in lawsuits challenging employment practices at Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, and Sandia. Mr. Klein is lead class counsel in a now concluded lawsuit against the Census Bureau, which was filed in affiliation with a consortium of civil-rights organizations challenging the use of arrest and criminal history records as a screen for employment for 850,000 applicants. In 2016, the parties reached a landmark settlement with the federal government that requires the Census Bureau to reform its hiring practices for the 2020 decennial census as well as creating a class-member Records Assistance Project housed at the Cornell University ILR School and in coordination with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The Census Bureau legal team led by Mr. Klein won the Public Justice 2017 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. Mr. Klein represents the Metropolitan Council of the New York State Conference of the NAACP in challenges to the use of criminal history records as a screen for employment. In addition, Mr. Klein serves as co-lead plaintiffs' class counsel in now settled nationwide discrimination class action lawsuits against Smith Barney (gender - Amochaev v. Smith Barney), Bank of America/Merrill Lynch (gender – Calibuso v. Bank of America), and Morgan Stanley (race - Jaffe v. Morgan Stanley). Each settlement provides class members with substantial monetary relief and creates systematic changes to company practices. Mr. Klein also served as co-lead plaintiffs' class counsel in a "glass ceiling" gender discrimination class action against MetLife, based on discrimination in promotions and compensation, which resulted in a settlement that created beneficial changes in the company.

Mr. Klein is a Co-Chair of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. For numerous years, Mr. Klein has been selected as one of the Lawdragon 500 leading lawyers in America as well as Best Lawyers in America, New York’s Super Lawyers – Manhattan Edition, and as a member of the Hall of Fame in the Legal 500. Mr. Klein is a Fellow of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. Mr. Klein received his undergraduate degree from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University in 1987 and his law degree from Hofstra University in 1990. Mr. Klein was admitted to the New York state bar in 1991. He is also admitted to practice in the federal Second, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New York.

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Areas of Practice (4)

  • Class-Based Wage and Hour Litigation
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Litigation
  • Impact Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
929-900-3551  Phone
212-245-1000  Phone
646-509-2060  Fax
University Attended:
Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, B.S., 1987
Law School Attended:
Hofstra University, J.D., 1990
Year of First Admission:
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York; United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York; United States District Court for the Western District of New York; United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; 1991, New York
Incoming Co-Chair, Executive Committee of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; Member, National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and former co-chair of its Class Action Committee, and he served on the Executive Board of NELA’s New York Affiliate (NELA/NY) from 2000 to 2006; Served on the Executive Board of the Employee Rights Section of the American Trial Lawyers Association (now AAJ); Member, American Bar Association, where he served as the Plaintiffs' Co-Chair of the Committee on Technology and Federal Law Clerks Training Program, and is a member of the Committees on Equal Employment Opportunity and Employee Rights and Responsibilities of the Section of Labor and Employment Law and the Class Action and Derivative Suits Committee of the Section of Litigation; Past Plaintiffs’ Co-Chair of the largest committee within the Labor and Employment Section – the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee; Fellow, American Bar Foundation; Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers; Member, Advisory Boards of the Labor and Employment Law Program and the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations for Cornell University; Member, Advisory Board of the National Wage and Hour Clearinghouse
Birth Information:
Riverhead, New York, March 31, 1965
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