Professor Kenneth Klee joined the UCLA Law faculty in July 1997 after teaching bankruptcy and reorganization law as a Visiting Lecturer. He taught at Harvard Law School during the 1995–1996 academic year as the Robert Braucher Visiting Professor from Practice and at Georgia State University College of Law during 2003 as the SBLI Visiting Professor.
From 1974 to 1977, Professor Klee was associate counsel to the Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives, where he was one of the principal draftsmen of the 1978 Bankruptcy Code. He served as a consultant on bankruptcy legislation to the U.S. Department of Justice in 1983 and 1984. Professor Klee served as a member of the Standing Committee on Discipline for the United States District Court for the Central District of California from 2001-2005. He served as a lawyer delegate to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference from 1988 to 1991 and 2000 to 2003. From 1992 to 2000 he served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy rules to the Judicial Conference of the United States. He also served as an adviser to the American Law Institute's Transnational Insolvency Project.
Professor Klee is a founding Member of Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP, specializing in corporate reorganization, insolvency, and bankruptcy law. Representative clients of Mr. Klee have included: Equity investors in 203 N. La Salle Street Assocs.; Boston Chicken Plan Trust as majority equity owner of Einstein/Noah Bagel Corp.; First Trust and Bank of New York, trustees, as appellees before the New York Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Chemical Bank v. First Trust (In re Southeast Banking Corp.); Maxwell Communication Corp. PLC, as appellant before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Maxwell Communication Corp. PLC v. Societe Generale, et al; the out-of-court Bondholders' Steering Committee in Primestar; 400 South Hope Street Associates L.P., in which he served as lead debtor's counsel; the debtors in Barney's Inc., et al, as debtors' special counsel; the debtors in Anacomp, Inc.; the debtors in Sun World; the debtors in the five administratively consolidated Standard Brands Paint Company cases; the debtor in Financial Corporation of America; the creditors' committees in the Adelphia, Del Taco, Iridium, Papercraft and Griffin Resorts, Inc. chapter 11 cases; the noteholders' committee in PG&E National Energy Group, the out-of-court bondholders' committees in the Charter Medical and Orion Pictures restructurings; and Pennzoil, in the Texaco Inc. chapter 11 case. He also has served as an expert witness in over 50 matters and also renders services as an arbitrator or mediator.
Professor Klee has served as a member of the executive committee of the National Bankruptcy Conference from 1985 to 1988, 1992 to 2000, and 2004 - 2007. He served as Chair of the National Bankruptcy Conference's legislation committee from 1992 to 2000. Professor Klee is past president of the Financial Lawyers Conference and serves on its board of governors. He has also served as chairman of the Subcommittee of New and Pending Legislation of the Business Bankruptcy Committee of the Section on Corporations, Business and Banking Law of the American Bar Association. He is a frequent lecturer and panelist on programs for bankruptcy lawyers sponsored by the American Law Institute/American Bar Association.
Professor Klee is the author of: Bankruptcy and the Supreme Court (Lexis-Nexis 2008) (Supreme Court bankruptcy case data base available at http://www.law.ucla.edu/home/apps/supremecourtcases/); and co-author of Business Reorganization in Bankruptcy (West 1996; 2d ed. 2001; 3d ed. 2006) and Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Law (ALI-ABA 4th Ed. 1996). He has authored or co-authored twenty nine law review articles on bankruptcy law. Among his most recent published works are "One Size Fits Some: Single Asset Real Estate Bankruptcy Cases," 87 Cornell L. Rev. 1285-1332 (September 2002); also published in 4 Legal Scholarship Network: UCLA School of Law Research Paper Series (Mar. 20, 2002), available at http://www.ssrn.com; "Asset-Backed Securitization, Special Purpose Vehicles and Other Securitization Issues," (with Brendt C. Butler), 35 U.C.C. Law Journal 23-67 (September 2002); "Teaching Transactional Law," 27 Calif. Bankr. J. 295-311 (2004); and "The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 -- Business Bankruptcy.