A seasoned trial attorney and skilled negotiator, Mark B. Wilson has won nearly every case he has tried or arbitrated. In fact, he has lost only one jury trial and obtained a complete reversal in an appeal. Mr. Wilson represents clients in federal and state courts in a variety of matters, including business litigation, legal malpractice, real estate, trade secrets, unfair competition, copyright infringement, construction disputes, and commercial unlawful detainer.
Mr. Wilson and his partner have recovered over $100 million in plaintiffs' cases and have won defense verdicts in "bet the company" cases where millions of dollars were at stake. As a meticulous attorney, he brings to court an eye for detail and a sense of organization essential to winning complex trials.
Mr. Wilson has been selected to the Southern California Super Lawyers® list since 2005 in the areas of business litigation, construction litigation, and intellectual property litigation. He is also recognized as one of the elite trial attorneys in Orange County by OC Register Metro magazine. He achieved an "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell, denoting the highest level of professional excellence from his peers.
In 2015, Mr. Wilson was elected to chair the Business Litigation Section of the Orange County Bar Association ("OCBA"), the largest section of the OCBA.
In 2002, Mr. Wilson was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association ("OCTLA") and remained on the Board for several years. In 2006, OCTLA selected Mr. Wilson as a finalist for the "Business Litigation Trial Lawyer of the Year." In addition, OCTLA twice recognized Mr. Wilson as "Board Member of the Year" for his contributions to the organization and the legal profession.
Mr. Wilson is a frequent lecturer to bar organizations on modern trial techniques and legal ethics and has authored several articles on trial practice. He is also a contributing author to one of the leading legal treatises on construction law.
Mr. Wilson obtained his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School in 1988 and graduated from the University of Southern California in 1985. He was selected to be on Loyola's Moot Court team and participated in Loyola's trial advocacy program which U.S. News and World Report ranked as a top 10 in the nation. Mr. Wilson began trying cases in law school in a program sponsored by the Los Angeles District Attorney's office.
Areas of Concentration
$5.7 Million Result — In May 1999, Klein & Wilson won a verdict of approximately $5 million on behalf of one of its software clients against Siemens Business Communications, Inc., one of the largest companies in the world. Affinitec prevailed on all of its breach of contract claims and recovered 99 percent (99%) of all the damages it requested from the jury. Siemens filed a cross-complaint against Klein & Wilson's client, but recovered nothing.
$2.25 Million Result — In April 2000, Klein & Wilson won a verdict of $2.25 million in a premises liability action stemming from a sexual assault of a tenant of a residential apartment complex. This was one of the largest verdicts of its kind in California.
$1.4 Million Result — In 2004, Klein & Wilson won a verdict of $1.4 million in a breach of implied contract and copyright infringement case against one of the largest retailers in the United States. The jury awarded every penny Klein & Wilson requested. The Court commented that Klein & Wilson's multimedia trial presentation was the best it had ever seen.
$2.8 Million Result — Klein & Wilson represented the chief financial officer (CFO) of an international corporation that abruptly terminated the CFO in violation of his employment agreement. Before filing a lawsuit, Klein & Wilson negotiated a $2.8 million settlement for the CFO, which far exceeded the mandated severance package in the employment agreement.