Christian Klein

Nominations Committee Chair

Occupation : Partner, Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, P.L.C.

Biography

Mr. Klein

Class of '92

Mr. Klein is an experienced public affairs and political communications professional.  For 15 years, Klein has represented trade association clients before Congress and the executive branch as a registered lobbyist, and served as his clients’ primary media spokesperson on public policy issues. 

In addition to having worked on Capitol Hill, while a law student, Mr. Klein founded his own political organization – PAC 20/20 – which gained national media attention for efforts to educate young Americans about Social Security reform. 

Currently a partner in the Alexandria, Virginia law firm of Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, P.L.C., Mr. Klein manages the firm’s legislative practice group.  In this capacity, he serves as vice president of government affairs for the Associated Equipment Distributors and executive vice president of the Aeronautical Repair Station Association. 

He earned a juris doctorate and master’s degree in congressional politics from the Catholic University of America in 1995; received a Bachelors of Arts degree with honors in international relations from the College of William and Mary in 1992; and earned a certificate in public relations from the University of Virginia in May 2005.  Since the fall of 2005, Klein has been a member of the adjunct faculty at UVA, where he teaches Political Public Relations and PR Ethics and Law. 

He is admitted, inter alia, to the bars of the Commonwealth of Virginia, District of Columbia, State of North Carolina (inactive), the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and United States Supreme Court. 

Klein is the president of the Washington, D.C. chapter of La Confrérie St. Etienne d’Alsace (an Alsatian wine society) and is an avid home brewer and mead maker.  He resides in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife Lona Carwile Klein, also a 1992 William & Mary graduate, and their daughters Caroline and Courtenay.

Appointed: 2011
Current Term: Class of 2014