Joel N. Klevens is a partner in Glaser Weil’s Litigation Department. In his more than four decades as a labor lawyer and business litigator, Joel has represented an exceptionally diverse range of clients — from the County of Los Angeles to a member of a rock band to the Exxon Mobil Corporation. His extensive experience includes handling complex civil litigation in both the state and federal courts, in arbitrations and on appeal, and his experience enables him to handle a broad variety of matters with a high level of efficiency and success.

Joel has tried and co-tried significant jury and bench trials with multi-million-dollar results. He has handled disputes in a wide variety of areas, including employment, entertainment, contract, business torts, legal malpractice, insurance coverage and real estate. He represents both individuals and corporate clients.

Joel is sought after for his depth of experience in:

  • Complex civil litigation
  • Employment litigation
  • Entertainment litigation

Joel received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his law degree from Stanford University Law School. While attending law school, Joel was the Note and Recent Developments editor of the Stanford Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif. After admission to the California Bar, Joel clerked for two years for Justice Stanley Mosk, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court.


Joel’s notable experience includes his representation of:

  • The County of Los Angeles in defending significant retaliation, employment and breach of contract claims in multiple lawsuits.
  • Both plaintiffs and defendants in handling significant legal malpractice claims.
  • Medical providers in defense against RICO allegations.
  • Major title insurance companies in litigations involving issues of duty, coverage, bankruptcy and fraudulent conveyance law.
  • A public employee union in complex pension litigations.
  • A major bank in litigations involving alleged breach of contract, personal guarantees and alleged misappropriation of funds.
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation as co-counsel in a jury trial which defeated a $750 million breach of contract and bad faith claim, and co-tried a plaintiff’s contract case against Walt Disney Company resulting in a $14.9 million jury verdict for plaintiff.
  • A band member in litigating their rights against the rock-and-roll band that employed him.

Awards and Recognition

Awards and Recognition

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Rated

Related links


Stanford University Law School, J.D.; Order of the Coif; Stanford Law Review editor

University of California, Berkeley, B.A., American History


  • California
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