Kira L. Klatchko is a partner at Best Best & Krieger LLP who handles both state and federal appeals arising from all areas of civil practice for clients as varied as cities, businesses and families. She is chair of the firm’s appellate practice, and holds the unique distinction of being an Appellate Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.
She has served five terms as chair of the Riverside County Bar Association Appellate Section, and currently sits on the bar association’s executive board. Ms. Klatchko was named to the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 list of Super Lawyers Rising Stars for Southern California in Appellate Law. In 2009, she was appointed to the State Bar of California’s Standing Committee on Appellate Courts, and is currently its acting chair. Ms. Klatchko is also a co-author of the “California” chapter of the Appellate Practice Compendium (ABA 2012), an insider’s guide to appellate practice.
With a practice focused on civil litigation and appeals, Ms. Klatchko is a volunteer mediator at the Fourth Appellate District, Division Two, and conducts private mediations in addition to mediations as part of the Riverside County Court’s Civil Mediation Panel. She has served as an adjunct professor at La Verne College of Law, teaching legal writing. In addition, she has lectured on appellate ethics and practice at numerous conferences and seminars, including two programs at the California State Bar Annual Convention, one focusing on public law appeals and the other on family law appeals. She also is a member of the State Bar of California’s Justice Gap Fund Committee, dedicated to supporting free civil legal services for low-income Californians.
Ms. Klatchko received her B.A. in Political Science, with distinction, from the University of California, Berkeley. She earned her M.B.A. from the Executive Management Program at the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. She earned her J.D. at the University of California, Davis, where she served as editor-in-chief of the UC Davis Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy. After graduating from law school, Ms. Klatchko began practicing law in her family firm, Klatchko & Klatchko, in Palm Springs. Thereafter she accepted a position with Best Best & Krieger.
In 2010, Ms. Klatchko was recognized by the City of Palm Springs and Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce with the Athena International Award for Young Professional Leadership, recognizing her professional success and work in the community. Ms. Klatchko sits on the board of directors for Angel View, a nonprofit dedicated to serving disabled children and adults in the Inland region. She also sits on the board of director for OperaArts, a nonprofit presenting music and arts to the community, with emphasis on programs for children and senior citizens. Ms. Klatchko served for numerous years as attorney-coach for the Palm Springs High School mock trial team, and as a member of the board of directors for both the Indian Wells Athena Awards and Desert Foundation of Academics.