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Michael E. Klenov

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314 241 4844
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800 678 9529
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St. Louis, Missouri

Michael E. Klenov is a partner at Korein Tillery’s St. Louis office. He is licensed to practice law in New York, California, Illinois, Missouri, and the District of Columbia—as well as numerous federal trial and appellate courts. Michael concentrates his practice on complex civil litigation in the areas of Securities, Antitrust, ERISA/Pension Funds, and Qui Tam/Whistleblower claims. He represents individuals, governmental entities, and major companies in high-stakes lawsuits.

Michael’s recent work has focused on broad-ranging securities litigation spanning the Second, Seventh, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits on behalf of several clients seeking to recover losses arising from the collapse of residential mortgage-backed securities (“RMBS”). Michael’s efforts have helped these clients recover more than $4.4 billion to date. For example, Michael was one of the lead attorneys in the National Credit Union Administration’s coordinated litigation against the Royal Bank of Scotland that yielded recoveries exceeding $1.2 billion. See NCUA v. RBS Securities, Inc. et al., No. 11-cv-2340 (D. Kan.); No. 11-cv-5887 (C.D. Cal.); and No. 13-cv-06726 (S.D.N.Y.).

Beyond his securities work, Michael has been appointed as lead counsel in several nationwide class actions and has negotiated a number of multi-million-dollar class settlements. In 2012, Michael was part of the legal team that attained a settlement of $105 million in historic environmental litigation on behalf of a large number of municipalities and the country’s largest private water provider. Following the settlement, Public Justice named Michael and other members of the litigation team as finalists for their national Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. Michael has also been actively involved in multi-billion-dollar antitrust matters in the United States and abroad, served as the lead attorney in high-stakes ERISA litigation, and represented clients in lawsuits under the False Claims Act.

Michael has authored countless briefs filed in courts all across the country. He has taken and defended more than one hundred depositions, argued more than a dozen major motions in state and federal courts, and first-chaired a federal jury trial to verdict.

Michael was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and immigrated to the United States when he was ten years old.

Areas of Practice
  • Securities Litigation

  • Antitrust


  • Commercial Litigation

  • Whistleblower / Qui Tam

Bar Admission
  • New York

  • California

  • Illinois

  • Missouri

  • District of Columbia

  • Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri

    • J.D. magna cum laude

    • Order of the Coif

    • Scholar-in-Law Scholarship

    • Charles Wendell Carnahan Prize

    • Washington University Law Review, Senior Editor

  • Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois​

    • B.A. - Economics, International Studies, Business Institutions​

  • London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom​

    • General Course​

Published Works
  • Preemption and Removal: Watson Shuts the Federal Officer Backdoor to the Federal Courthouse, Conceals Familiar Motive, 86 Wash. U. L. Rev. 1455 (2009) (cited by Wright & Miller, 14C Fed. Prac. & Proc. § 3726 (4th ed.))

  • Russian

  • Spanish

Representative Cases
  • NCUA v. RBS Sec., Inc., et al., Case Nos. 11-cv-5887 (C.D. Cal.), 11-cv-2340 (D. Kan.), and 13-cv-6726 (S.D.N.Y.)

  • CMFG Life Ins. Co. v. RBS Sec. Inc., 12-CV-037 (W.D. Wis.)

  • Bond v. Marriott Int’l, Inc., 10-CV-1256 (D. Md.)

  • City of Greenville, Ill. v. Syngenta Crop Prot., Inc., 10-CV-188 (S.D. Ill. 2010)

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