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Kira L. Klatchko, a partner at Best Best & Krieger LLP, 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 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 served five terms as chair of the Riverside County Bar Association Appellate Section, and currently sits on its Executive Board.

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.

  • 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 822 when they relate to an interest other than the exact interest being taken

Kira also 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 at the Fourth Appellate District, Division Two, and conducts private mediations, in addition to mediations as part of theRiverside 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 also a member of the State Bar of California’s Justice Gap Fund Committee, dedicated to supporting free civil legal services for low-income Californians.

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 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


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Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith

74-830 Highway 111 Suite 200
Indian Wells, CA, 92210

Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 90%
    12 years
  2. Litigation: 9%
    12 years
  3. Mediation: 1%
    2 years

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  • Amir Hossein Afsar

    Kira a strong appellate lawyer with good communication skills.


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    Kira is a top appellate lawyer.


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Outstanding Young AttorneyDesert Bar Association Hall of Fame2014
Top 40 Under 40 Appellate Lawyers-CaliforniaAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2014
Top 70 Lawyers in Coachella ValleyPalm Springs Life Magazine2014
Listed As Rising StarSuper Lawyers Rising Stars Southern California2014
Listed As Rising StarSuper Lawyers Rising Stars Southern California2013
Listed as Rising StarSuper Lawyers Rising Stars Southern California2012
Listed as Rising StarSuper Lawyers Rising Stars Southern California2011
Listed as Rising StarSuper Lawyers Rising Stars Southern California2010
Athena Award for Young Professional LeadershipCity of Palm Springs and Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce2010
Listed as Rising StarSuper Lawyers Rising Stars for Southern California2009
Certified Specialist - Appellate LawState Bar of CaliforniaN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyBest Best & Krieger LLP2005 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Board of Legal SpecializationCertified Appellate Law SpecialistN/A
Riverside County Bar AssociationPresident Elect2014 - 2015
California State Bar Standing Committee on Appellate CourtsChair2013 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
City of Corona v. Liston Brick (2012) 208 Cal.App.4th 536N/A
City of Colton v. Singletary (2012) 206 Cal.App.4th 751.N/A
People v. Goldsmith (2014) 59 Cal.4th 258N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Matthew Bender publicationCalifornia Civil Appeals and Writs2014
California ChapterABA Appellate Practice Compendium2012
Daily JournalRight Track: Publication As the Exception2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Davis School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of California - BerkeleyPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito School of Management at Claremont Graduate UniversityExecutive ManagementMBAN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
California State Bar Annual MeetingProbate Law Appeals2014
California State Bar Annual MeetingOptics of Oral Argument2013
California State Bar Annual MeetingFamily Law Appeals2012
California State Bar Annual MeetingPublic Law Appeals2010