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Terel L. Klein

Phone: (973) 763-6060
Fax: (973) 763-6090

Terel L. Klein's practice is focused on civil and commercial litigation. He has varied experience in a broad array of practice areas, including construction litigationestate litigation, appeals and criminal defense.

Upon graduation from law school in 2008, Mr. Klein served a judicial clerkship with the Honorable John F. Malone (ret.), then the Presiding Judge of the General Equity Part of the Chancery Division in the Superior Court in Union County, New Jersey. In New Jersey, general equity judges preside over disputes relating to, among other things, probate of wills, administration of estates, corporate dissolutions, and the enforcement of non-compete agreements or restrictive covenants. 

After completing his clerkship, Mr. Klein joined the Law Offices of Alan L. Zegas, where he litigated cases in the areas of general civil litigation, criminal defense (including white collar), appeals, commercial litigation and administrative law. Mr. Klein frequently represented members of the teachers’ union (NJEA) in employment, criminal and disciplinary matters with school districts and before the Office of Administrative Law. Mr. Klein regularly appeared in municipal courts and Superior Court throughout the State of New Jersey, as well as the United States District Court for the State of New Jersey. After nearly 5 years, and prior to joining the Law Office of Bart J. Klein, Mr. Klein joined a boutique firm specializing in sophisticated estate and tax planning, estate administration and litigation.

Some highlights of Mr. Klein’s experience to date include:

  • A Settlement of $1.35 million for the plaintiff in a corporate dissolution case in New Jersey Superior Court after 14 months of acrimonious litigation.
  • A settlement in a $2 million securities fraud case, involving breach of fiduciary duty and civil RICO claims, in New Jersey District Court after 2 years of intense litigation.
  • The temporary release of a father convicted of second degree child endangerment pending sentencing based upon the existence of serious issues of prosecutorial misconduct and unfair prejudice at trial, including attacks on his credibility based upon his deafness, which were being raised on appeal.
  • Securing admission to PTI for a defendant charged with 2nd degree unlawful possession of a handgun.
  • The dismissal of indictments on first amendment grounds against a psychologist unfairly indicted for maintaining a sexual relationship with his former patient.
  • The dismissal of tenure charges against two teachers wrongly accused of orchestrating cheating during administration of the NJ ASK exam.

Mr. Klein is licensed to practice law in the State and Federal courts of New Jersey and the State courts of New York.

Admitted to Practice

  • New Jersey (2008)
  • New York (2009)
  • U.S. District Court - District of New Jersey (2008)
  • Pennsylvania (2016)

Professional Associations

  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member, Somerset County Bar Association

Education

  • Rutgers University School of Law - Newark, J.D. (2008)
  • Lafayette College, B.A., magna cum laude (2005)

Reported Decisions

  • Vas v. Roberts, 418 N.J. Super. 509 (App. Div. 2011)
  • State v. Agathis, 424 N.J. Super. 16 (App. Div. 2012)
  • United States v. Salahuddin, 765 F.3d 329 (3rd Cir. 2014)
  • State v. T.J.M., A-76072419 (Decided January 13, 2015)
  • State v. Sumulikoski, Docket No. A-3/4-13 (Decided March 18, 2015)

Publication

  • Combating Sexual Predators Online and Conflicts with Free Speech: An Analysis of Legislative Approaches in New Jersey, 34 RUTGERS COMPUTER & TECH. L.J. 366 (2008).
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