Joseph F. Klatt is a veteran California litigator with demonstrated expertise representing individual and institutional clients in complex civil litigation matters. He is skilled in handling all facets of litigation, including initiating and planning a case, managing discovery, drafting dispositive motions and briefs, conducting depositions, trying and resolving cases, handling complex writs and appeals, and negotiating significant settlements in high stakes cases. He is recognized for handling complex, unique, and troublesome cases, providing innovative litigation strategies, looking at legal issues from multiple and unorthodox angles, and cost-effectively achieving his clients’ objectives.
Joseph believes in a pragmatic, strategic, and tactical approach to litigation that aggressively positions the client to trial, in order to maximize their upside potential and minimize their downside risk. As Bobby Fischer frequently said, “tactics flow from a superior position,” and Joseph believes in building that litigation position from the first day with a client, and through regular communication with the client about their case and goals. Joseph believes in the jury system and trial, but is also adept in negotiating and settling matters, and was taking mediation and arbitration classes years before he even started law school.
Joseph is a life-long Californian. He grew up in La Jolla, California, and went to school at Stella Maris Academy, La Jolla High School, and, eventually the University of California at San Diego. Before going to law school, he taught test preparation and martial arts professionally. For law school, Joseph moved to the state capital, Sacramento, California, where he attended the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He now lives in the beautiful community of Newport Beach.
Joseph was the Valedictorian of his law school class as well as the Editor-in-Chief of the McGeorge Law Review. While in law school he received Witkin awards for achieving the highest marks in over half of his graded units, including Contracts, Torts, Property, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Bioethics, Environmental Law, and Legal Process (Research and Writing). Joseph was voted the Outstanding Graduating Senior by the faculty, and is a member of the Order of the Coif and the Traynor Society. Joseph was a judicial extern for the Honorable Kimberly J. Mueller of the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of California.
- Business “grab-and-run” disputes involving client lists, proprietary data, and trade secrets.
- Corporate fraud, embezzlement, and misappropriation
- Multi-million dollar trespass cases, involving, notably, a complex mining dispute, and commercial golf-course encroachment.
- Music and entertainment royalty disputes.
- Complex writs and appeals in the California State Courts of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit.
- Landlord/tenant disputes, including HOA disputes, payment of rent, COVID rent and eviction issues.
- Represented banks and other creditors involving over 500 different actions with millions of dollars in settlements and judgments.
- Represented a subcontractor in a complex fraud case against one of the world’s largest media and content providers. Case settled after years of intense law and motion.
- Represented a shareholder in a buyout dispute of an 8 figure company who was offered only 5% of his ownership value. Successfully sued and settled with the company and their accountants.
- Represented a law firm against professional malpractice claims. Case was fully dismissed after six pleadings challenges and two appeals with no liability.
- Took over a Plaintiff’s employment case after prior counsel lost on summary judgment. Appealed and leveraged a significant six-figure settlement against a large national employment firm.