A.B., 1972, Harvard University
J.D., 1979, Yale Law School
William Mitchell College of Law: Emeritus Professor of Law, 2014-; Professor of Law, 1991-2013; Founding Director, Mitchell Fellows Program, 2006-2009; Vice Dean for Academic Programs, 2005-06; Associate Professor of Law, 1986-91.
3M, Office of General Counsel, St. Paul: division attorney, 1984-86; attorney, 1982-84.
Special Assistant Attorney General of Minnesota, St. Paul, 1979-82.
Admitted: Minnesota, 1979.
Leadership & Service
Reporter, Uniform Law Conference Drafting Committee on Series of Unincorporated Business Entities (2012- ); Consensual Special Master, State of Minnesota Conciliation Court Appeals Alternative Dispute Resolution Channel (2012- ); Chair, Task Force of the ABA LLC Committee (Business Law Section) to review the Uniform Power of Attorney Act and the Uniform Power of Appointment Act (2012- ); Co-Reporter, Uniform Law Commissioners – Drafting Committee to Harmonize the Unincorporated Business Entity Acts; Co-Reporter, Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, (2003- ); Reporter, Uniform Limited Partnership Act (2001) of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (1997-2001); Member, American Law Institute; Member, ALI Members Consultative Group for the Restatement (Third) of Agency; ABA Business Law Section Advisor to the NCCUSL-ABA Omnibus Organization Code Study Committee (2005); Chair, American Association of Law Schools Section on Agency, Partnerships, LLCs and Unincorporated Business Associations (2007); Referee, Ramsey County Conciliation Court; Member, Executive Council, Business Law Section, Minnesota State Bar Assn.; Reporter, Minnesota State Bar Assn. Joint Committee on the Minnesota Limited Liability Company Act (1991-92) and Amendments (1993, 1999) ; Reporter, Minnesota Limited Liability Partnership Provisions (1994) and Amendments (1995); Reporter, Chapter 319B Task Force of the Business Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Assn. (1996-97); Chair, Minnesota State Bar Assn. Joint Task Force on the Model Entity Transactions Act (2006-).
Research & Scholarship
Professor Kleinberger’s scholarship involves business law, particularly the law of business organizations. His books include a leading national treatise on limited liability companies and a popular student treatise on agency, partnerships, and LLCs. His articles sometimes conjoin the conceptual and the practical (e.g., “Respondeat Superior Run Amok” and “A User’s Guide to the New Uniform Limited Partnership Act”) and sometimes take a more theoretical perspective (e.g., “The Closely Held Business through the Entity-Aggregate Prism”).
Professor Kleinberger has been immersed in legislative drafting projects for more than two decades, and his scholarship and drafting work have been recognized by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, the American Law Institute, the American Bar Association Committee on Limited Liability Companies, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities, and the Section on Agency, Partnership, LLCs and Unincorporated Associations of the American Association of Law Schools.