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Robert H. Klonoff

Robert Klonoff is the Jordan D. Schnitzer Professor of Law at Lewis & Clark Law School. He served as Dean of the Law School from 2007-2014. He is the co-author of a leading casebook on class actions, the author of the West Nutshell on class actions, and the author of numerous law review articles on the subject.

Professor Klonoff is a member of the American Law Institute (ALI) and served as an Associate Reporter for the ALI’s class action project, “Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation.” He is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and served as a Reporter for the 2005 National Conference on Appellate Justice. In addition, he is an elected member of the International Association of Procedural Law. In 2011, Chief Justice Roberts appointed Professor Klonoff to serve as the academic member of the Federal Civil Rules Committee. Professor Klonoff was reappointed in May 2014 for a second three-year term. He is also a member of the Civil Rules Subcommittee on Class Actions.

After graduating from Yale Law School, Professor Klonoff clerked for the Chief Judge John R. Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He then served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in D.C. and as an Assistant to the Solicitor General. He was also a partner at Jones Day for more than a decade. He has taught at Georgetown University Law Center, the University of San Diego Law School, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. In addition, he has lectured on class actions at dozens of universities throughout the world.

Professor Klonoff has extensive litigation experience. He has argued eight cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and has argued dozens of cases in other federal and state appellate courts throughout the country. He has served as counsel in more than 100 class action cases. In addition, he has served as a class action expert in a number of high-profile cases , including the British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon oil spill litigation and the National Football League concussion litigation. His pro bono cases have included death penalty, civil rights, and veterans’ rights cases.


Klonoff, Robert H.: COVID-19 Aggregate Litigation: The Search for the Upstream Wrongdoer [PDF]


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