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Joseph Klapach is a partner at Klapach & Klapach, P.C., where he practices in the areas of appeals and business litigation. Mr. Klapach is a Certified Specialist in Appellate Law with the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, and has twice been named one of the Top 40 Appellate Attorneys under 40 in the State of California by the American Society of Legal Advocates (2013, 2014).Mr. Klapach graduated at the top of his class from Cornell Law School and was awarded his law degree, summa cum laude, by special vote of the faculty. While at Cornell, he served as Managing Editor of the Cornell Law Review and won numerous prizes for his writing and his academic achievement. After graduation, Mr. Klapach clerked for the Honorable Andrew J. Kleinfeld on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then practiced for a number of years at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, one of the premier law firms in the nation.
Mr. Klapach has extensive experience handling all facets of civil and criminal appeals, including preparing the record, motion and writ practice, and briefing and arguing appeals. He has litigated more than 75 appeals and writ proceedings before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the California appellate courts. He also has served as trial counsel for numerous jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations.
Mr. Klapach holds a CPA license in the state of Missouri and received the Gold Medal for attaining the highest score on the CPA exam.
Cornell Law School, J.D., summa cum laude, 1999
Law School Honors
West’s Outstanding Achievement Award
(Top 4 Students in Class)
Managing Editor, Cornell Law Review
Order of the Coif
Herbert R. Reif Prize
(Best Written Student Note)
Fredric H. Weisberg Prize
(Top Student in Constitutional Law)
Awarded Degree, summa cum laude,
By Special Faculty Vote
Evangel College, B.A., B.B.A.,
summa cum laude, 1996
Holds Missouri CPA license
(received Gold Medal award for highest CPA exam score)
Clerk to Judge Andrew J. Kleinfeld, United States Court of Appeal, Ninth Circuit, 2000-2001