Former Congressman Herbert C. Klein Joins IGA as Distinguished Fellow

Former Congressman Herbert C. Klein Joins IGA as Distinguished Fellow


New Brunswick, NJ – The Institute of Global Affairs (IGA) is pleased to announce that the Hon. Herbert C. Klein, one of New Jersey's leading trial lawyers and former U.S. Congressman for New Jersey's 8th district, has joined the institute as a Distinguished Fellow. Congressman Klein is Of Counsel at law firm Genova Burns.

“Former U.S. Congressman Herbert C. Klein has had an exemplary career in public service, in law, and in the world of business. We are honored that he is joining the Institute of Global Affairs. Congressman Klein’s extensive knowledge and understanding will be crucial in the IGA’s efforts to find actionable solutions for pressing global challenges,” said Edmund Janniger, President and Chairman of the IGA.

In the public sector, Congressman Klein has served on the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology during his tenure as Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He has played key roles in legislation revolving around interstate banking and the closure of the Resolution Trust Corporation, which re-established the financial integrity of the savings and thrift industry. Since leaving Congress, he has also served as an official election monitor for parliamentary elections in Yugoslavia and Ukraine. Additionally, Congressman Klein served in the New Jersey General Assembly where he was Associate Majority Leader and wrote the legislation which created the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

In the courtroom, Congressman Klein has demonstrated his abilities as one of the leading trial and appellate lawyers in New Jersey having tried more than 1,000 cases and dozens of appeals to both the State Supreme Court and Appellate Division. Notable trials include Laganella vs. Braen, where he won the largest jury verdict awarded an individual in this State at the time, and Frugis vs. Board of Education of Elmwood Park which dealt with student rights.

Congressman Klein is also a leader in the business sector, having co-founded in 1961 First Real Estate Investment Trust of New Jersey, a publicly traded real estate investment company and the first of its kind in New Jersey. He also serves in principal and management roles in more than 20 private real estate companies.

Congressman Klein’s involvement in the community is also extensive. Congressman Klein served on the Board of Trustees of Rutgers University and now serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Overseers. He is a Life Member of the President’s Council and a Loyal Son of Rutgers. Congressman Klein is on the Board of Trustees of the Montclair Art Museum. He served as President of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Clifton and Passaic and as President of the Board of Passaic Beth Israel Regional Hospital.

Congressman Klein earned a Bachelor of Arts at Rutgers University, a Juris Doctor at Harvard University, and a Master of Laws at New York University.

About the Institute of Global Affairs

The Institute of Global Affairs (IGA) is a membership organization and think tank based in the New York metropolitan area. A New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation, the IGA is home to several centers and initiatives. Its mission is to improve understanding of the world by fostering dialogue on global affairs. The IGA also seeks to develop the next generation of decision-makers able to address pressing challenges.

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Justin Schulberg
Executive Vice President
Institute of Global Affairs
contact@instituteofglobalaffairs; 973-936-8595

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