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Professional Background

Roy Klein is a 1974 honors graduate of S.U.N.Y. Binghamton (B.A. in History) and a 1977 honors graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a two-time Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. This means that he graduated in the top quarter of his class in what was generally regarded at the time as the third best law school in America.

Before establishing Loorak, Roy was a partner in the Manhattan office of Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn, a prominent Washington, D.C., law firm, and its predecessor, McGarrahan & Heard.  He represented such major companies as R.J. Reynolds, Fieldcrest Cannon, Loral Fairchild (later a Lockheed Martin and then a BAE Systems subsidiary that, along with Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics Surveillance Systems in Archbald, Pennsylvania, became a client of his when he formed Loorak), Chubb/Federal Insurance, Hilton Hotels, Olympia & York, Sea-Land Services, Morse-Diesel, Schal Associates and Cubic Corporation.  He was also responsible for the day to day supervision and management of the firm's New York litigation department, and for the training of its associates, summer associates and paralegals. 

Loorak’s practice involves representing both plaintiffs and defendants in all phases of litigation in New York state and federal courts, as well as in domestic and international arbitrations.  His areas of concentration include breach of contract, business torts, international commercial law, employment discrimination litigation, construction litigation and insurance cases (especially fidelity bond claims), with some experience in defamation,  RICO, unfair competition, antitrust, government contract and securities cases.

Roy is admitted to practice in New York State, in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, in the United States Courts of Appeal for the Second and Federal Circuits and in the United States Supreme Court.  He is also a member of the Nassau County, New York State and American Bar Associations. 

Personal Background

Roy is a lifetime resident of the Long Island area.  He was born in Queens and raised in the Bayswater section of Far Rockaway.  He graduated from Far Rockaway High School in 1970 before going on to SUNY Binghamton and Columbia Law School.  His late father, a prominent labor lawyer who represented public employee unions, told Roy not to become an attorney.  Roy didn’t listen.

Roy is an avid sports fan, rooting especially hard for the Mets and football Giants.  Growing up, he spent virtually every spare moment at the P.S. 104 schoolyard, playing punchball, handball, stickball, softball, basketball, football and something called foot hockey.  During his adolescence, he suffered seven broken bones in seven years.  These days, he pitches in an over-35, modified fast-pitch softball league, and works out regularly with a personal trainer.  He still gets injured all the time.

A mediocre guitarist, Roy loves classic rock & roll and jam band music.  He considers himself one of the world’s leading authorities on the Allman Brothers Band, which he sees in concert twice a year.   Roy lives on Long Island with his wife, Marcia.  The couple’s three children have pretty much left the nest.  Their oldest son is now a lawyer.  Their other son and daughter are contemplating law school.


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