Kira L. Klatchko


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

Kira L. Klatchko is a partner in the Indian Wells office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Appellate Practice. Ms. 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 vice chair of the firm’s national 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.

Ms. Klatchko served for six years on the State Bar of California’s Standing Committee on Appellate Courts, including a term as 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-contributing editor of “California Civil Appeals and Writs” (Matthew Bender 2014), a comprehensive two-volume practice guide for appellate counsel and general litigators.

She has been named to the list of Super Lawyers for Southern California in Appellate Law in 2015 and 2016. She is president of the Riverside County Bar Association, and previously served five terms as chair of the RCBA Appellate Section. Ms. Klatchko also sits on the Executive Board of the ABA's Council of Appellate Lawyers, and is a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Ms. Klatchko 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 research and 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 Municipal Lawyers Association's Appellate Practice Blog.

In 2014, Ms. Klatchko was inducted into the Desert Bar Association Hall of Fame, as Outstanding Young Attorney of the year. In 2010, she 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 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.

Ms. Klatchko 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.

Representative Published Opinions

  • Conservatorship of Bower (2016) 247 Cal.App.4th 495.
  • Inland Oversight Committee v. City of Ontario (2015) 240 Cal.App.4th 1140. Obtained dismissal on appeal for clients City of Ontario and City of Rancho Cucamonga in alleged taxpayer case challenging Greater Ontario Tourism Marketing District under Property and Business Improvement District Law of 1994.
  • Williams v. Chino Valley Independent Fire Dist. (2015) 61 Cal.4th 97. Argued in California Supreme Court on behalf of amici parties, League of California Cities, California State Association of Counties, California Special Districts Association, Association of California Water Agencies, Fire Districts Association of California, and California Association of Sanitation Agencies, in case involving application of Christiansburg standard to costs awarded prevailing defendants in FEHA cases.
  • 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 Ardon v. City of Los Angeles (2016) 62 Cal.4th 1176, Sprint Communications, Inc. v. Jacobs (2013) 134 S.Ct. 584, and City of Newport Beach v. Pacific Shores (2013) 730 F.3d 1142.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Kira was chair of the appellate practice at Best, Best & Krieger


Certified Civil Appellate Law Specialist



Awards & Honors

  • Outstanding Young Attorney, Desert Bar Association Hall of Fame, 2014
  • Super Lawyers Southern California, Appellate Law, 2015, 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40 Appellate Lawyers-California, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2014, 2015
  • Top Lawyers in Coachella Valley, Palm Springs Life 2014, 2015
  • Athena International Award for Young Professional Leadership, City of Palm Springs and Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce, 2010


University of California, Davis, School of Law

Juris Doctor

Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito School of Management at Claremont Graduate University


University of California, Berkeley

Bachelor of Arts, with distinction

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