Susan Klein has represented clients for more than 25 years in a wide range of business, entertainment and employment litigation matters, including partnership and private equity disputes, copyright and trademark actions, fraud and other business torts and securities litigation.
Ms. Klein joined Valle Makoff from The Walt Disney Company where she was Vice President-Counsel in the litigation department. During her more than 18 years at Disney, Ms. Klein handled litigation and related matters involving Disney’s diverse entertainment and media operations which include theme parks and resorts, motion pictures and television shows, consumer products, retail stores, internet offerings and cable networks.
In 2005, 2006 and 2007, Ms. Klein was named a Southern California “Super Lawyer” by Los Angeles Magazine. This designation results from an evaluation process based on peer recognition of outstanding professional achievement.
Ms. Klein began her legal career in the Los Angeles office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP where she worked in the litigation department from 1984 until 1988, handling intellectual property, franchise, entertainment, securities, antitrust and general business litigation matters.
Ms. Klein earned her J.D. in 1984 from the University of California at Berkeley (“Boalt Hall”). She received her A.B. degree in Political Science, with distinction, from Stanford University, in 1980.
Active in pro bono matters, Ms. Klein was a member of the Executive Committee and served on the Board of Directors of the Western Center on Law and Poverty and on the Board of Directors of the Women Lawyers' Association of Los Angeles. Ms. Klein also served on the Board of Directors for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles.