Sheldon H. Klein is a Shareholder based in Butzel’s Troy office.
Mr. Klein regularly represents automotive industry suppliers in matters relating to upstream and downstream commercial relationships, including counseling on terms and conditions and litigation arising out of supply chain disruptions and disputes. He is Co-Chair of Butzel's Global Automotive Coordinating Committee. He is a contributor to and principal editor of the Original Equipment Supplier Association (OESA) “North American OEM Production P.O. Terms and Conditions Comparative Analysis,” the standard industry reference, which Butzel has prepared annually since 2008. He is also a regular speaker at automotive industry events, including the Original Equipment Supplier Association’s annual Automotive Suppliers Legal Issues Conference, in which Butzel attorneys address current and emerging legal issues affecting the industry.
Mr. Klein also regularly represents automotive and other clients in the areas of antitrust counseling and litigation and other forms of complex commercial litigation. Representative class action matters include representation of:
- A major hospital system in an antitrust class action alleging a conspiracy by area hospital systems to suppress nurse compensation.
- A major hospital system in an antitrust class action alleging a conspiracy to inflate reimbursement rates.
- A real estate multi-list service (MLS) in an antitrust enforcement proceeding and civil suit alleging a conspiracy to deny low cost brokers access to the MLS.
- A major name brand pharmaceutical company in an indirect purchaser name brand prescription drug antitrust class action, which alleging a conspiracy to inflate prescription drug prices to retail pharmacies.
- An international manufacturing conglomerate in an antitrust compliance investigation and audit.
- An automotive parts supplier in an antitrust class action alleging a horizontal price-fixing conspiracy.
- A second automotive parts supplier in an antitrust class action also alleging a horizontal price-fixing conspiracy.
- A CEO in securities fraud and ERISA breach of fiduciary duty class action litigation.
- A CFO securities fraud class action litigation.
- An insurer in a workers' compensation price fixing conspiracy class action.
- An entertainment company in a consumer fraud class action.
- An underwriter and its officers in a securities fraud and Interstate Land Sales Act fraud claims.
- A health insurer and its senior officers a securities fraud class action.
He has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Antitrust and has been rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell,
Mr. Klein is a 1978 graduate of Kalamazoo College and a 1982 graduate of DePaul University School of Law. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the American Bar Association.
Primary Practice Areas
All Related Practice Areas
- Antitrust & Trade Regulation
- Antitrust Investigations
- Automotive Industry Team
- Automotive Law
- Business & Commercial Litigation
- China International Team
- Connected Car and Autonomous Vehicles
- Litigation and Dispute Resolution
- Mediation and Arbitration Specialty Team
- Product Liability/Recall & Warranty
- Supply Chain Management
Kalamazoo College 1978
DePaul University College of Law 1982, J.D.
- State Bar of Michigan
- American Bar Association
Awards & Recognitions
Awards & Recognitions
The Best Lawyers in America, "Lawyer of the Year," Litigation - Antitrust, 2023
The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Antitrust, 2013-2023
DBusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Appellate Law, 2012; Antitrust Law, 2011-2012, 2014, 2017-2023; Litigation - Antitrust, 2014-2015, 2017-2022
Michigan Super Lawyers, Antitrust Litigation, 2014-2020
- Represented fastener supplier plaintiff in action for multiple breaches of a supply contract.
- Represents William Beaumont Hospital, a major hospital system, in a multi-billion dollar antitrust class action claim alleging a conspiracy by area hospital systems to suppress nurse compensation.
- Represented automotive supplier plaintiff in action for multiple breaches of contract in the U.S. District Court, E.D. Mich.
- Represented the financial officer of ProQuest in In re ProQuest Company Securities Litigation.
- Obtained dismissal of False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit against healthcare provider and affirmance of dismissal in appeal (Chesbrough, et al. v. VPA, P.C. (6th Cir. August 23, 2011))
- Represented Eli Lilly in Wood v. Abbott Laboratories, an indirect purchaser name brand prescription antitrust class action.
- Represented a senior officer of CMS Energy in securities fraud and ERISA breach of fiduciary duty litigation (In re CMS Energy).
- Represented United American Health Care and its senior officers in securities litigation.
- Represented Travelers Insurance against a workers' compensation price fixing conspiracy claim (American Association of Retired Persons v. National Surety Corp.).
News & Events
- Firm News, 11.15.2022
- Firm News, 11.9.2022
- Firm News, 9.15.2022
- Firm News, 8.18.2022
- Firm News, The Detroit News, 2.24.2022
- Automotive News, 3.28.2020
- The Detroit News, 2.28.2020
- The Wall Street Journal, 9.19.2019
- DBusiness Magazine, 11.26.2018
- 8.5.2013Butzel Long attorney Sheldon H. Klein quoted in Automotive News article titled "GM presses suppliers for future recall costs"
- Webinar, 3.25.2021
- Livonia, MI, 9.12.2018
- Troy, MI, 9.14.2017
- Livonia, MI, 8.29.2017
- Detroit, MI, 1.13.2017
Alerts & Publications
- Client Alert, 2.14.2023
- Client Alert, 2.13.2023
- Client Alert, 1.17.2023
- Client Alert, 8.1.2022
- Client Alert, 5.19.2022
- Client Alert, 4.11.2022
- Client Alert, 1.18.2022
- 3.18.2020Auto Plants to Close Due to COVID-19 Concerns