Rikki Klieman

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Rikki Klieman
William Bratton LAPride.jpg
Rikki Klieman and husband William Bratton at LA/Valley Pride
BornChicago
Alma materNorthwestern University
Boston University School of Law
OccupationAttorney
television commentator
Spouse(s)William J. Bratton
 
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Rikki Klieman
William Bratton LAPride.jpg
Rikki Klieman and husband William Bratton at LA/Valley Pride
BornChicago
Alma materNorthwestern University
Boston University School of Law
OccupationAttorney
television commentator
Spouse(s)William J. Bratton

Rikki Klieman (born 1948) is an American criminal defense lawyer and TV personality for TruTV. A native of Chicago, she worked in criminal defense in Boston and taught at Columbia Law School before moving to the entertainment field. Additionally, she is an author, actress, and is married to William Bratton, former chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, who has just been appointed Police Commissioner of the New York Police Department under Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Early life[edit]

She was born to a Ukrainian Jewish immigrant family in Chicago in 1948, where she danced, acted, and sang as a youth.[1] Rikki Klieman attended Northwestern University where she was a theater major and had plans of becoming an actress.[2] However, she decided to attend law school. Klieman graduated from Boston University School of Law in 1975 with her Juris Doctor.[2] During law school she externed for U.S. District Court judge Walter Jay Skinner.[2]

Legal career[edit]

After law school she was an assistant district attorney for the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office, before she joined the Boston, Massachusetts, law firm of Friedman & Atherton before starting her own private practice.[2] Then in 1983 she was named by Time magazine as one of the five best female attorneys in the United States.[1] From 1996 to 2003 she was part of the faculty at Columbia’s law school, while previously spending time on her alma mater’s faculty at Boston University’s law school.[2]

Other[edit]

Klieman worked for the TruTV television network until October 30, 2009. When she left the air, she stated "I may not be leaving you forever," so her future on-air status remains an unknown to the viewing public.[2] She has also acted in the guest-recurring role of lawyer Kathy Berson on TV series Las Vegas during the 2005-06 season. More recently, she has appeared on the TV show Shark.[3] She also wrote her autobiography with co-author Peter Knobler, Fairy Tales Can Come True: How a Driven Woman Changed Her Destiny. She's been married to her third husband, Bill Bratton, the former police chief of Boston, New York City, and Los Angeles, since 1999. Klieman is his fourth wife.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gayle Pollard-Terry. Style and Culture: Counsel to the cop: She fits the profile. Los Angeles Times, October 14, 2002.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Rikki Klieman. CourtTV. Retrieved on May 21, 2007.
  3. ^ Rikki Klieman. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on May 21, 2007.