Judge Klein was born in Moscow, Russia and came to the United States when she was 14 years old. She became a citizen of the United States in 2000 while in law school. Judge Klein started her legal career as a student attorney with the public defender’s office in Providence, Rhode Island. Judge Klein then worked as an associate attorney in a civil law firm until she moved with her family to Texas.
In 2007, Judge Klein was admitted to the bar in Texas and started working as an assistant district attorney for the Nueces County District Attorney’s Office. She spent the next six years prosecuting misdemeanor and felony cases. She prosecuted more than one hundred cases to juries.
Judge Klein then served as a Municipal Court Judge in Corpus Christi, Texas, where she was assigned the juvenile caseload from 2013 until 2017, at which time she was elected to the 214th District Court. Judge Klein currently presides over a general jurisdiction docket of family, civil, and criminal law cases.
In 2017, Judge Klein was unanimously elected by the Board of District Court Judges to be the Local Administrative Judge. She was again unanimously reelected to be the Local Administrative Judge for 2019.
In 2018, Judge Klein was selected by a majority of the Nueces County District Court Judges to establish the designated Felony Domestic Violence Court. Judge Klein and the 214th District Court are the recipients of the Texas Council on Family Violence Technology grant.
Judge Klein is a member of Corpus Christi Bar Association, the Coastal Bend Women Lawyer Association, Texas Bar Foundation, Kiwanis Club, and is an inactive member of Rhode Island Bar.