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Kira L. Klatchko

Partner

Indian Wells
74760 Highway 111
Suite 200
(760) 837-1617

Kira L. Klatchko 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 Litigation group, and holds the unique distinction of being an Appellate Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

In 2009, Kira was appointed to the State Bar of California’s Standing Committee on Appellate Courts, and is currently its immediate past-chair. She is co-author of the “California” chapter of the “Appellate Practice Compendium” (ABA 2012), an insider’s guide to appellate practice. She is co-editor of “California Civil Appeals and Writs” (Matthew Bender 2014), a comprehensive two-volume practice guide for appellate counsel and general litigators.

Kira has been named to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for Southern California in Appellate Law every year since 2009. She is president-elect of the Riverside County Bar Association, and previously served five terms as chair of the RCBA Appellate Section. Kira also sits on the Executive Board of the ABA's Council of Appellate Lawyers.

Recent representative cases include:

  • People v. Goldsmith (2014) 59 Cal.4th 258. Represented City of Inglewood in the California Supreme Court and obtained unanimous opinion that red light camera (ATES) evidence is not an out-of-court statement constituting hearsay, and may be authenticated like other photographic evidence.
  • S.L. v. Upland Unified School District (2014) 747 F.3d 1155. Represented a school district and special education local plan area to secure dismissal of all attorneys' fee claims and obtain clarification on law governing private special education placements.
  • Suarez v. City of Corona (2014) 229 Cal.App.4th 325. Represented City of Corona in 4th District Court of Appeal and successfully secured approximate $105,000 award for attorneys' fees and costs under Code of Civil Procedure 1038 in a frivolous lawsuit against the City.
  • In re the Marriage of Kahn (2013) 215 Cal.App.4th 1113. Respondent spouse in family law is entitled to notice of the specific nature and amount of relief sought before default is entered, and sanctions may not be awarded in default where not sought in the petition for dissolution.
  • City of Colton v. Singletary (2012) 206 Cal.App.4th 751. Represented appellant City of Colton and obtained partial reversal in case holding that part of a cause of action may be stricken under the anti-SLAPP statute (CCP 425.16) and that attorneys' fee awards under the anti-SLAPP statute are immediately appealable collateral orders
  • City of Corona v. Liston Brick Co. (2012) 208 Cal.App.4th 536. Represented City of Corona in successfully defending judgment in case holding that in eminent domain matters, courts may exclude opinions of value of take under Evidence Code section 822 when they relate to an interest other than the exact interest being taken
  • Represented amicus parties in Sprint Communications, Inc. v. Jacobs (2013) 134 S.Ct. 584, City of Newport Beach v. Pacific Shores (2013) 730 F.3d 1142 and Williams v. Chino Valley Independent Fire District (S213100).

Kira also serves as a volunteer mediator for 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. She has also lectured on appellate ethics and practice at numerous conferences and seminars, including the California State Bar Annual Convention and the State and Local Legal Center Supreme Court Practice Seminar. She 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, and serves as chair of the ABA Council of Appellate Lawyers’ Pro Bono Committee. Kira also contributes to the International Municpal Lawyers Association's Appellate Practice Blog.

In 2010, Kira 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. Kira sits on the board of directors for Angel View, a nonprofit dedicated to serving disabled children and adults in the Inland Empire region of Southern California. She also sits on the board of directors for OperaArts, a nonprofit presenting music and arts to the community, with emphasis on programs for children and senior citizens.

Kira received her bachelor’s degree in political science, with distinction, from the University of California, Berkeley. She earned her master’s degree in business administration from the Executive Management Program at the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. She earned her law degree at the University of California, Davis, School of Law, where she served as editor-in-chief of the U.C. Davis Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy. After graduating from law school, Kira practiced law in her family firm, Klatchko & Klatchko, in Palm Springs before joining Best Best & Krieger.

Education

  • University of California, Davis, School of Law, J.D.
  • Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, E.M.B.A.
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., with distinction

Bar Admissions

  • California

Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40 Appellate Lawyers-California, American Society of Legal Advocates (2014)
  • Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Star, Appellate Law (2009-2014)
  • Top 70 Lawyers in Coachella Valley, Palm Springs Life (2014)
  • Athena International Award for Young Professional Leadership, City of Palm Springs and Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce (2010)
 

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