St. Louis MISSOURI
ABOUT Michael Klenov
Michael E. Klenov is an attorney at Korein Tillery's St. Louis office. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Missouri, New York, California, the District of Columbia, as well as a number of federal courts around the country. Michael concentrates his practice on complex aggregate civil litigation in the areas of ERISA/Pension Funds, Environmental Contamination, Consumer Rights, Securities, and Qui Tam/Whistleblower claims.
Michael received his B.A. in Economics, International Studies, and Business Institutions from Northwestern University. While completing his undergraduate degree, Michael spent a year studying economics and philosophy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Subsequently, Michael attended the Washington University School of Law where he received a Scholar-in-Law scholarship. He graduated Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, and received a number of academic awards, including the Charles Wendell Carnahan Prize. While in law school, Michael served as a Senior Editor of the Washington University Law Review, where he also published his Note. See Preemption and Removal: Watson Shuts the Federal Officer Backdoor to the Federal Courthouse, Conceals Familiar Motive, 86 WASH. U. L. REV. 1455 (2009). During his third year of law school, Michael clerked for the Honorable David R. Herndon, United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.
Michael has worked for Korein Tillery in some capacity for over ten years and has participated in some of the firm's most prominent cases. As a legal assistant, he was part of the trial preparation team in class action tobacco litigation that resulted in a $10.1 billion verdict. He was also part of the legal team in consumer protection litigation against AT&T that yielded a $350 million settlement. While in law school, Michael worked for two summers at a major national corporate firm, but ultimately chose to return to Korein Tillery to pursue his litigation practice on behalf of plaintiffs. Today, he routinely and successfully briefs dispositive and class certification motions in state and federal courts around the country.
Michael was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and immigrated to the United States when he was ten years old. He is still conversant in Russian, as well as Spanish. He attended high school at John Burroughs School in St. Louis, which he largely credits for laying the groundwork for his personal and professional development, as well as for introducing him to his life-long friends.