Stephen Klein

Stephen Klein

Partner

202.804.6676
steve@statecraftlaw.com

Steve Klein defends his clients’ civil rights against local, state and federal regulators. Steve’s advocacy has led to the successful amendment of state statutes to respect individual rights and prevented the enactment of overburdensome laws.

Noteworthy experience includes the following:
  • Counsel to Project Veritas and Project Veritas Action Fund, nonprofits engaged in cutting-edge investigative journalism. Steve’s representation concerns undercover journalism and combatting aggressive efforts to silence newsgathering.
  • Drafted and lobbied on behalf of bills to reform the practice of civil asset forfeiture in Wyoming (House Bill 76, 2014; Senate File 14, 2015). In 2016, the reform measure passed the legislature 90-0 and was signed into law (Senate File 46, 2016).
  • Co-author of amici curiae briefs for the Texas Third Court of Appeals and Court of Criminal Appeals in former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s appeals for money laundering convictions, arguing against vague and overbroad state laws criminalizing political speech. The Third Court adopted the brief’s arguments and overturned DeLay’s convictions, an opinion affirmed by the Court of Criminal Appeals in 2014.

Ave Maria School of Law, J.D. (2009)

  • Managing Editor, Ave Maria Law Review
  • President, Ave Maria Federalist Society

Hillsdale College, B.A. (2005)

Pillar of Law Institute
  • Co-counsel in a successful First Amendment lawsuit against an Illinois statute that banned certain industries from making campaign contributions without specific justification.
  • Authored an amicus curiae brief for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals arguing against the unconstitutional prosecution of bribery for campaign violations. The opinion reversing the convictions cited the amicus curiae.
  • Counsel in successful cases challenging Michigan and Colorado statutes prohibiting polling place photography and ballot exposure, including photographs of one’s own ballot (“ballot selfies”).
Wyoming Liberty Group
  • Co-counsel in successful federal lawsuits against a local sign ordinance as an unconstitutional limitation of political speech, Wyoming’s asymmetrical campaign finance limitations between major party and minor party candidates, and the state’s aggregate campaign contribution limitations.
  • Consulted with Wyoming legislators and provided expert testimony to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees regarding the Health Care Freedom Amendment (Senate Joint Resolution 2, 2011). The bill passed the Senate 23-7 and the House 49-11, achieving the 2/3 majorities required for a state constitutional amendment. In November 2012, the people of Wyoming adopted the amendment with 77% approval.
The Federalist Society
  • Executive Board, Free Speech & Election Law Practice Group (2008-present)
Republican National Lawyers Association
William B. Bryant American Inn of Court
  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court