Michael R. Klein

Michael Klein

Michael Klein advises clients with infrastructure, mining, trade, or energy projects on the environmental issues and opportunities that arise at the intersection of business, law, and government. Prior to joining Venable, Michael served as the vice president and general counsel to an infrastructure and resource management company facilitating trade between the western U.S. and foreign markets. His in-house experience and entrepreneurial mindset enable him to design creative compliance strategies, effectively represent clients’ interests before the executive branch and federal agencies, and unlock new opportunities for economic development.

Michael has experience overseeing budgetary matters and performance metrics, identifying new client targets, attracting international investors, and managing infrastructure projects, including ports and connections to trade corridors. In addition to his background in deal structuring and business plan execution, Michael is well practiced in developing federal strategies to seek executive, legislative, and judicial action on matters of importance to his clients. He has testified before Congress in support of a more efficient permitting process.




  • J.D. magna cum laude Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School 1999
    • Order of the Coif
  • M.B.A. with honors Brigham Young University 1999
  • B.A. International Relations Brigham Young University 1996
    • Valedictorian

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Utah

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, Utah Bar Association
  • Member, J. Reuben Clark Law Society



  • Congregational leader and volunteer, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints