Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance
Justin Klein currently serves as the Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware, having joined the Center as its Director in 2021. He served as a member of the Weinberg Center's Advisory Board since 2015.
Prior to joining the Center, Justin Klein was a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP from 1992 through 2019 and most recently has served as senior counsel at the firm. He has represented public and private companies and their boards and board committees in a variety of transactions, including securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions. He also has advised firms in the securities industry, including broker-dealers and investment banks, and has assisted clients in day-to-day corporate governance, disclosure and other transactional matters. Before entering private practice, Klein served for nine years at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, holding positions including assistant director of the Division of Corporation Finance.
Mr. Klein has been recognized by Chambers USA, receiving its highest ranking in corporate/M&A and securities law (2003-2021) and was named one of the Best Lawyers in America in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions law and securities capital markets law (2006-2021) and Lawyer of the Year in Mergers and Acquisitions Law (Philadelphia/2020).
Mr. Klein is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association. He is a past Chair of the Business Law Section, Executive Committee, and past Chair of the Committee on Securities Regulation. He served on the Attorney Advisory Committee of the Pennsylvania Securities Commission. Mr. Klein has been a frequent speaker at securities law conferences. He writes extensively on a wide variety of securities law issues, including corporate governance, executive compensation and securities regulation.
At Ballard Spahr, Mr. Klein was a member of the Elected Board and a member of the firm's Diversity Council. He is active in community service, having served as board chair and a board member of The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, president of the board of Settlement Music School and board chair at Pomfret School.
Mr. Klein earned his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and J.D. from George Washington University Law School.