Richard D. Klein

Attorney Richard Klein

Richard Klein has 20 years of experience as a trial lawyer. Since 1995, Richard D. Klein has fought his clients' legal battles, giving a voice to those who are going through some of the most emotionally exhausting times of their lives. Taking on the burden of clients' personal injury and wrongful death suits, he gives a voice to those individuals and families whose lives have been changed by accidents involving semi-trucks, cars, motorcycles, boats, and aircraft. Drawing on his many years of experience, Richard Klein expertly represents and defends his clients with dignity.​

Experience

  • Richard has tried over 125 bench and jury trials, since 1995 when he began his career trying cases immediately at the law firm Charles Shaw, renown as the best and most liked criminal defense lawyer in St. Louis history. After trying more than a dozen cases at the Charles Shaw Law Firm, he began trying cases in Personal Injury, to help those who have been harmed and are in great need of help.
  • He had a Jury Verdict published in MATA’s publication for best result.
  • Had numerous settlements and judgments reported in Missouri Lawyers Weekly throughout career.
  • Attorney Klein has been listed in TOP Verdicts & Settlements annual report in Missouri Lawyers Weekly in multiple years.

Licensed to Practice Law

  • Missouri, 1995
  • Illinois, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 1995

Legal Employment

  • Missouri State House of Representatives, 1992 Legislative Assistant
  • Missouri State Public Defender, Rule 13 Certified Intern, St. Louis County 1993-94
  • Charles M. Shaw Law Firm, Associate 1995-1996
  • Stahlhuth & Rudder Law Firm, Associate 1996-1999
  • James C. Ochs, Attorney, P.C., Associate 1999-2005
  • Ochs & Klein Attorneys, P.C.,, Partner 2006-present

Education

  • SMSU, n/k/a Missouri State University, cum laude, B.S., 1992
  • Washington University School of Law
  • University of Tulsa College of Law, Juris Doctorate, 1995
  • Phi Delta Phi Honors Fraternity, SBA Delegate
  • Mock Trial Team Captain, ATLA Award for Trial Advocacy

Member

  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • American Association for Justice
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
  • MATA Hall of Fame
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association

Author/Lecturer

  • “Damages in Civil Cases” Published by NBI

Community Involvement

Rich has lived his whole life in St. Louis. He grew up in Fenton and went to John F. Kennedy H.S. He worked to pay his way through college and law school. Both of his parents were union members. His father was an auto mechanic/technician and his mother was a grocery clerk. He appreciates the benefits that labor unions obtain for families through collective bargaining agreements. As a young boy, Rich walked the picket lines with his dad during the 1970's. He understands how tight money can be for most families. He fights to help families through difficult financial times when their income earners are injured and unable to work because of the dangerous actions of others. Rich's wife, Michelle, is also a JFK alum. They have three children and are members of Ascension Parish in Chesterfield. Rich has served a five-year team as Trustee for Royalwood Subdivision. He has coached youth soccer, and he has been coaching competitive baseball since 2004 and is currently a manager / assistant coach with the St. Louis Pirates Baseball Club.

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