Hal Kleinman

Mr. Kleinman’s practice focuses on the areas of medical negligence, mass torts and class actions representing victims of dangerous and defective pharmaceutical products and medical devices, as well as victims of food poisoning. He is admitted to practice before all courts in the states of Illinois and Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, United States Court of Federal Claims, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Recently, Mr. Kleinman was our lead attorney in the successful appeal to the Oklahoma Supreme Court in Shull v. Reid, 2011 OK 72 in which the Oklahoma Supreme Court reversed the District Court’s order and held that under Oklahoma common law, “in a wrongful birth action alleging medical malpractice, the measure of damages allowable is the extraordinary medical expenses and other pecuniary losses proximately caused by the negligence. . . . [R]ecovery may be had only for extraordinary expenses, not the normal and foreseeable costs of raising a normal, healthy child, for the period of time of the child’s life expectancy or until the child reaches the age of majority, whichever is the shorter period.” Shull v. Reid, 2011 OK 72, ¶9. This was a case of first impression.

Prior to joining Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLP, Mr. Kleinman practiced law in Philadelphia and Chicago, where his practice concentrated in the areas of Medical Negligence, Complex Litigation, Mass Torts and Class Actions. Mr. Kleinman was appointed to the Class Counsel Management Committee in Cress, et al. v. Sara Lee Corporation, Case No. 98 L 15072 (Cir. Ct., Cook County, Ill.) that resulted in a Nationwide Class Action Settlement. The Cress class action alleged that Sara Lee had manufactured and distributed over 35 million pounds of BallPark brand hotdogs and Sara Lee deli meats that were contaminated with the listeria bacteria that resulted in almost 20 deaths and thousands of injuries. Mr. Kleinman represented individuals and the members of the settlement class overseeing all aspects of the litigation from filing the complaint, defending client depositions, issuing discovery to the Defendants, settlement negotiations and the claims administration process. For his work in this matter, Mr. Kleinman was asked to be a guest lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School’s Class Action Controversies Seminar and to discuss the Sara Lee litigation.

In addition, to his work in the Cress matter, he was a member of the law and briefing committee that successfully obtained class certification in In re Hartmarx Securities Litigation, Case No. 01 C 7832 (N.D. Ill.). Mr. Kleinman represented thousands of clients in various Multidistrict Litigations including, MDL-926, In re Silicone Gel Breast Implants Prod. Liab. Lit.; MDL-1014 In re Orthopedic Bone Screw Prod. Liab. Lit.; MDL-1203, In re Diet Drugs (Phentermine/Fenfluramine/Dexfenfluramine) Prod. Liab. Lit.; MDL-1348, In re Rezelin Prod. Liab. Lit.; MDL-1355, In re Propulsid Prod. Liab. Lit.; MDL-1431, In re Baycol Prod. Liab. Lit.; MDL-1477, In re Serzone Prod. Liab. Lit.; MDL-1481, In re Meridia Prod. Liab. Lit.; MDL-1507, In re Prempro® Prod. Liab. Lit.; MDL-1596, In re Zyprexa® Prod. Liab. Lit.; MDL-1598, In re Ephedra Prod. Liab. Lit.; MDL-1629, In re Neurontin Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation; MDL-1657, In re Vioxx Marketing, Sales Practices and Prod. Liab. Lit.; MDL-1708, In re Guidant Corp. Implantable Defibrillators Prod. Liab. Lit.; MDL-1724, In re Viagra Prod. Liab. Lit.; and MDL-1726, In re Medtronic, Inc., Implantable Defibrillators Prod. Liab. Lit.

Mr. Kleinman was also lead counsel in Ostrander v. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Case No. 05-1046V in the vaccine court of the United States Court of Federal Claims. Ostrander was settled in a structured settlement with an estimated value of $2,000,000.

Mr. Kleinman graduated from Ithaca College in 1990. Afterwards he entered The John Marshall Law School and graduated in 1994. During law school, Mr. Kleinman was an octo-finalist in the Wagner Moot Court Competition. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar in November 1994 and the Pennsylvania Bar in 2004.