Klapach & Klapach, P.C. has represented clients in appellate matters involving virtually every major area of the law, including business torts, constitutional rights, criminal law, intellectual property, professional liability, real estate, bankruptcy, and securities. Many of these appeals have involved high-profile, high-stakes disputes, and a number have resulted in published decisions. Joseph S. Klapach is a Certified Specialist in Appellate Law with the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, and he has twice been named one of the top 40 Appellate Attorneys Under 40 in California by the American Society of Legal Advocates (2013, 2014).

Representative Appeals:

Manshardt v. Federal Judicial Qualifications Committee et al., 408 F.3d 1154 (2005) – Defended a federal judge selection committee established by President George W. Bush and Senators Feinstein and Boxer against a lawsuit challenging the committee process on statutory and constitutional grounds.

Result: Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of the lawsuit, ruling in the committee’s favor.

Bell v. Mason, 194 Cal.App.4th 1102 (2011) – Represented a real estate broker in an appeal from an adverse jury verdict for fraud and dependent adult abuse.

Result: Court of Appeal reversed $900,000 judgment for the plaintiff and directed the trial court to enter judgment in broker’s favor.

Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles v. City of Los Angeles, 2011 WL 1889418 (2011) – Represented non-profit organization in appeal from adverse judgment awarding $4.8 million in condemnation proceeds to City of Los Angeles.

Result: Court of Appeal reversed the trial court’s judgment and directed the trial court to enter judgment in non-profit organization’s favor.

Uche-Uwakwe v. Nicholson, 473 Fed. Appx. 544 (2012) – Represented employee in appeal from trial court’s dismissal of her claims against employer for racial discrimination and retaliation.

Result: Court of Appeal reversed the judgment in part and remanded the case for trial.

Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP v. Greer-Jarman et al., 2010 WL 4009878 (2010) – Represented two individuals in appeal from an adverse judgment after a bench trial.

Result: Court of Appeal reversed the judgment, holding that my clients were not liable for breach of contract.

People v. Ligons, 184 Cal.App.4th 808, 109 Cal.Rptr.3d 307 (2010) – Represented defendant in appeal from convictions for attempted escape and assault.

Result: Court of Appeal reversed the conviction.

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