Robert D. Klausner

Robert D. Klausner, ESQUIRE

Mr. Klausner is the principal in the law firm of Klausner Kaufman Jensen & Levinson. For more than 45 years, he has been engaged in the practice of law, specializing in the representation of public employee pension funds. The firm represents state and local retirement systems in more than 25 states and territories. He is admitted to practice in Florida, Texas and Wisconsin. Mr. Klausner has assisted in the drafting of many state and local laws on public employee retirement throughout the United States. Mr. Klausner is a frequent speaker on pension education programs and has also published numerous articles on fiduciary obligations of public employee pension trustees. He is co-author of the book State and Local Government Employment Liability, published annually by Thomson-West Publishers and is the author of the first comprehensive book on the law of public employee retirement systems, State and Local Government Retirement Law: A Guide for Lawyers, Trustees, and Plan Administrators, published annually by Thomson-West Publishers. Mr. Klausner graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts and from the University Florida College of Law with the degree of Juris Doctor. For more than 25 years, Mr. Klausner has been listed in the publication The Best Lawyers in America and holds an AV Pre-eminent rating, the highest rating for competence and ethics, from Martindale Hubbell national lawyer rating service. In 2008, Mr. Klausner successfully represented the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Kentucky Retirement Systems in the United States Supreme Court in Kentucky Retirement Systems v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 128 S. Ct. 2361 (2008). Mr. Klausner lives in Cooper City, Florida with his wife of 46 years, Kathy. They have four daughters, four sons-in law and seven grandchildren. 

Born Jacksonville, Florida, December 20, 1952; admitted to the Florida Bar in 1977; Texas Bar 2019, Wisconsin Bar 2021; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1978; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1981; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1997; U.S. Court of Claims,1998; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2000; U.S. Supreme Court, 2000; U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2004; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2005; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2011; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 2012.

Education: University of Florida (B.A. with honors, 1974); University of Florida College of Law (J.D., 1977).  Adjunct professor, Nova University Law School (1987 – 2005); adjunct professor, New York Institute of Technology, School of Labor Relations (1999-2003); instructor, Florida State University Center for Professional Development and Public Service; instructor, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans; instructor, Florida Division of Retirement Pension Trustees School; instructor, Georgia Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems; instructor, Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems; instructor, Louisiana Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems

Member: The Florida Bar; Texas Bar; Wisconsin Bar; American Bar Association; Fellow of the American Bar Foundation; Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi.

Publication: Author, State and Local Retirement Law, West Publishing Co.,
Co-Author, State and Local Government Employment Liability
West Publishing Co.

Honors: Best Lawyers in America – 20-plus years
Rated AV Pre-eminent – Martindale Hubbell

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Klausner Kaufman Jensen & Levinson
7080 NW 4th Street
Plantation, Florida 33317
(954) 916-1202
FAX (954) 916-1232