David Klein

David Klein

New York, New York
877-390-8732 (Toll Free)
“Teaching a class of about 250 workers the basics of workers’ compensation law, at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx.”

I am proud to say that workers' compensation and social security disability law has been a part of my life almost from childhood. My father, Lawrence Klein, was a pioneer in the field of workers' compensation. I began my apprenticeship at the age of fifteen, working summers in my father's growing law practice. In the many years since, I have expanded and refined my knowledge of the law and of the Byzantine system that can sometimes obstruct the ends of justice for the injured worker and small businessman, unless it is negotiated by an aggressive and experienced practitioner.

I have given classes and workshops for many local unions and Teamsters, including asbestos workers, hazardous waste carters, drivers of baked goods and dairy products, EMS paramedics, butchers and meat-wrappers, the Municipal Police Benevolent Association, and the Mason Tenders Training Fund, SEIU 1199 and Locals 108 and 79, DC 9, Painters and Allied Trades. I have also taught for La Colmena - Staten Island, El Centro Del Inmigrante, The National Day Laborers Network, The Workers' Justice Project, the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, the New York City & Vicinity Carpenters Latino Association, the Chinese Community Center in Manhattan, the Flushing Workers Center and Chinese Staff & Workers Association, Obreros Unidos De Yonkers Y Caridades Catolicas, The Latin American Workers Project, Parents in Action and the Workers Education Resource Center acting in collaboration with the New York City Comptroller's Bureau of Labor Law, and the Mexican Consulate. I have taught at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx and New York - Presbyterian Hospital in Washington Heights, Manhattan.  

Articles and interviews appear in Labor Press, the State Bar News, the chiropractic journal New Directions, the China Press, SingTao Daily, and the Ming Pao Daily News, and Univision Channel 41.

I have been presented with Certificates of Appreciation from the Latino Laborers Culture Association Local 79, and a Certificate of Appreciation from La Colmena and Nani Migrante, from Fundación Tapori Quito - Federación de Instituciones de Pichincha, and from The World Trade Center Medical Monitoring Program Clinical Center at Mount Sinai.

I have authored, with Julio Torres Quintanilla, English for Day Laborers and Construction Workers, a publication designed for ESL classes for Spanish-speaking working men and women, which I have provided free to many non-profits in New York and across the country, including the Nani Migrante Transnational Project, El Sol, the Underground Construction Company, the Center for Immigrant Education of Louisiana, and to English of North Georgia.

I am proud to have given key support to the development of the Jornalero Wage Theft App, that I fully expect will change for the better, the lives of many thousands of New York's working men and women.

I have been voted a Super Lawyer for 2014 and 2015.

Areas of Practice

  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Personal Injury - Plaintiff
  • Workers' Compensation Law
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents - Plaintiff
  • Premises Liability - Plaintiff
  • Wrongful Death - Plaintiff
  • Construction Accidents

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2005


  • New York Law School, New York, New York - 2004
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Honors: High Honors


  • Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury, Wages & Hours, and Social Security Disability Law for Continuing Visions: Continuing Education For The Funeral Profession

Pro Bono Activities

  • The Workplace Project