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Rikki Klieman

Rikki Klieman
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Rikki Klieman Biography

Rikki Klieman 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.

Early life

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

Legal career

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Rikki Klieman Trivia

  • Graduated from the Boston University School of Law in 1975.
  • Has been both a prosecutor and defense attourney in her law career.
  • In 1983, she was named one of the five most outstanding female trial lawyers in the country by TIME magazine.
  • Started out as a theatre major at Northwestern University.
  • Her husband William Bratton was selected police chief for the LAPD in October, 2002.


Rikki Klieman Photos

  • William Bratton and his wife Rikki Klieman

    Dr. Gary Gitnick Book Signing for "Getting Well, Staying Well" at the Beverly Hills Public Library on March 16, 2009

  • William Bratton and Rikki Klieman

    17th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Arrivals

  • William Bratton and Rikki Klieman

    17th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Arrivals

  • William Bratton and Rikki Klieman

    17th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Arrivals

  • William Bratton and Rikki Klieman

    17th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Arrivals

  • Chief William J Bratton and Rikki Klieman

    Fulfillment Fund Honors Universal Pictures Chariman Marc Shmuger at Annual Stars 2007 Benefit Gala

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