Randy E. Kleinman is an established trial and appellate attorney with experience litigating complex commercial and civil rights matters. He brings his skills and expertise to Gerstman Schwartz LLP, to work in areas where traditional law and litigation intersect with public policy and politics.
Prior to joining the private sector, Professor Kleinman was an assistant corporation counsel for the New York City Law Department, where he served as a trial specialist. In this role, he tried cases throughout the five boroughs, earning a reputation as a passionate and effective trial lawyer. He has represented the city, law enforcement officials, and firefighters in cases involving allegations of false arrest, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, assault, battery, excessive force, and negligence, at both the state and federal levels. Among these matters, he played a leading role defending police officers in several high-profile matters including police shootings, videotaped instances of police misconduct, and prisoner deaths. He has also argued winning appeals in both the First and Second Appellate Departments.
Professor Kleinman received his J.D. from New York Law School, where he graduated with honors and was awarded the Professor Robert R. Rosenthal Award for Excellence in New York Practice. While in law school, he was a member of the Moot Court Association, where he competed in appellate competitions throughout the country, earning multiple awards for both his writing and oral advocacy skills.
He is admitted to the bars of the states of New York and California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.