Lawyers

Lawyer photo

Matthew G. Kleiner

Partner

(619) 230-7419
E-mail   |   vCard

San Diego
101 W. Broadway
Suite 2000
San Diego, CA 92101


Phoenix
111 W. Monroe Street
Suite 1600
Phoenix, AZ 85003


Education

J.D., cum laude, Santa Clara University School of Law, 2000

  • Technical Editor, Santa Clara Law Review

Study Abroad, International Human Rights, Oxford University, 1998

B.A., magna cum laude, Political Science, University of Arizona

Honors

Super Lawyers® distinction in the fields of Appellate, Employee Benefits/ERISA, and Insurance Coverage (2013-2015)

Certified by The State of California Board of Legal Specialization as an Appellate Specialist

Matthew Kleiner is a partner and has over fifteen years experience handling appellate matters before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, California Courts of Appeal and Arizona Courts of Appeals. He has been certified as an Appellate Specialist by the California Board of Legal Specialization, one of only 300 Appellate Specialists in California.  

Mr. Kleiner has handled multiple appeals to completion, argued in both the California and Arizona appellate courts and has decisions published in both states: Mathews v. Life Care Centers of AmericaInc. et al (2008) 217 Ariz. 606 [Adult Protective Services Act does not prevent the enforcement of a voluntary arbitration agreement entered into by an elderly person] and Service Employees Internat. Union, Local 99 v. Options—A Child Care & Human Services Agency (2012) 200 Cal.App.4th 869 [holding that an agreement to comply with a statute “cannot alter legislative intent or expand the scope of the statute.”].)  

Mr. Kleiner also has over ten years handling insurance coverage and bad faith litigation.  His practice covers important and complex issues confronting insurance companies in areas such as environmental, professional liability, directors and officers and general liability.

Additionally, Mr. Kleiner has extensive experience defending health and disability arbitration and litigation brought under the Employment Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”).   These cases involve a variety of issues including claims brought against health insurers by both their members and health care providers.  The member litigation relates to claims for benefits, bad faith, and breach of fiduciary.  The provider litigation involves claims brought by contracted and non-contracted health care providers for breach of contract, extra-contractual claims, and failure to pay.  Mr. Kleiner has also defended these claims where ERISA is not applicable.

Mr. Kleiner’s employment law practice includes defending employers both before the trial court and the court of appeal  in a variety of legal claims including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, wage-and-hour issues, retaliation, breach of contract, and other related employment matters.

Admissions

Arizona
California
United States District Courts, Arizona
United States District Courts, California
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit 

Professional Associations

Association of Business Trial Lawyers of San Diego

Lawyer photo

Contact

(619) 230-7419

mkleiner@gordonrees.com


Offices

San Diego

Phoenix

Education

J.D., cum laude, Santa Clara University School of Law, 2000

  • Technical Editor, Santa Clara Law Review

Study Abroad, International Human Rights, Oxford University, 1998

B.A., magna cum laude, Political Science, University of Arizona

Honors

Super Lawyers® distinction in the fields of Appellate, Employee Benefits/ERISA, and Insurance Coverage (2013-2015)

Certified by The State of California Board of Legal Specialization as an Appellate Specialist

Matthew G. Kleiner

Partner

Practices

Biography

Matthew Kleiner is a partner and has over fifteen years experience handling appellate matters before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, California Courts of Appeal and Arizona Courts of Appeals. He has been certified as an Appellate Specialist by the California Board of Legal Specialization, one of only 300 Appellate Specialists in California.  

Mr. Kleiner has handled multiple appeals to completion, argued in both the California and Arizona appellate courts and has decisions published in both states: Mathews v. Life Care Centers of AmericaInc. et al (2008) 217 Ariz. 606 [Adult Protective Services Act does not prevent the enforcement of a voluntary arbitration agreement entered into by an elderly person] and Service Employees Internat. Union, Local 99 v. Options—A Child Care & Human Services Agency (2012) 200 Cal.App.4th 869 [holding that an agreement to comply with a statute “cannot alter legislative intent or expand the scope of the statute.”].)  

Mr. Kleiner also has over ten years handling insurance coverage and bad faith litigation.  His practice covers important and complex issues confronting insurance companies in areas such as environmental, professional liability, directors and officers and general liability.

Additionally, Mr. Kleiner has extensive experience defending health and disability arbitration and litigation brought under the Employment Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”).   These cases involve a variety of issues including claims brought against health insurers by both their members and health care providers.  The member litigation relates to claims for benefits, bad faith, and breach of fiduciary.  The provider litigation involves claims brought by contracted and non-contracted health care providers for breach of contract, extra-contractual claims, and failure to pay.  Mr. Kleiner has also defended these claims where ERISA is not applicable.

Mr. Kleiner’s employment law practice includes defending employers both before the trial court and the court of appeal  in a variety of legal claims including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, wage-and-hour issues, retaliation, breach of contract, and other related employment matters.

Experience
Publications & Presentations
Meet Me

Admissions

Arizona
California
United States District Courts, Arizona
United States District Courts, California
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit 

Professional Associations

Association of Business Trial Lawyers of San Diego

Loading...