Benjamin D. Klein represents clients in complex commercial, regulatory, and white collar criminal matters, including government investigations by the US Department of Justice (DOJ), US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and other enforcement agencies. Ben regularly advises clients on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and UK Bribery Act 2010 compliance, cross-border investigations, and anticorruption due diligence for acquisitions, joint ventures, and other transactions. In 2016 and 2017, Super Lawyers recognized Ben as a Rising Star for his white collar criminal defense work.
Ben has conducted internal investigations, risk assessments, and compliance reviews in countries spanning Europe, Asia, and South America. He has also advised clients—from Fortune 100 energy companies to technology startups—on the development and improvement of corporate compliance programs. Ben has drafted numerous compliance policies, guidelines, and codes of conduct, and led dozens of compliance trainings—including trainings of officers, directors, and corporate executives.
With experience in international criminal law matters, Ben has worked on cases brought before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (Khmer Rouge Tribunal) and the Special Court for Sierra Leone (Sierra Leone Tribunal). Most recently, he served as Assistant Independent Counsel in two Sierra Leone Tribunal witness-tampering prosecutions: Independent Counsel v. Taylor and Independent Counsel v. Senessie.
As a law student, Ben worked as a DOJ intern in the Office of the Solicitor General and the Criminal Division’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (formerly named the Domestic Security Section). Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Ben clerked for Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi of the US District Court for the District of Hawaii.
Ben currently serves as the co-head of the firm’s Washington Associates’ Committee and is a member of both the Recruiting and Pro Bono Committees.
In 2013, he helped prosecute and convict Prince Taylor, a former investigator for the Charles Taylor defense team, of witness tampering. In 2012, he similarly helped convict Eric Senessie, a former member of the Revolutionary United Front, of related charges. In 2010, Mr. Klein worked as a Bates fellow in the Office of the International Co-Prosecutor for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (Khmer Rouge Tribunal), where he assisted with the appeal of the Kaing Guek Eav (aka Duch) judgment and the trials of Nuon Chea, Ieng Sary, Ieng Thirith, and Khieu Samphan.
London School of Economics and Political Science, 2007, M.S.c.
University of Michigan Law School, 2010, J.D.
University of Pennsylvania, 2006, B.A.
District of Columbia
Awards and Affiliations
Named, Washington DC Super Lawyers "Rising Star" for White Collar (2016, 2017)
Recipient, Clara Belfield and Henry Bates Overseas Fellowship (2010)
Recipient, Rotary International Ambassadorial Fellowship (2006)