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. After law school he worked at a large regional law firm, eventually opting out of the "tall building" life and joining a smaller practice. He opened the Law Office of Joseph F. Klatt in 2017 in La Jolla, California, returning to his roots.
He enjoys puzzles of all types and cooking. He dislikes writing about himself in the third person.
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 was the Valedictorian of his law school class at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 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.
Mr. Dewitt handles the Office's marketing and social media campaigns, interfaces with vendors, counsel, courts, and clients as well as providing litigation support for the Office. He works closely with Joseph to ensure that clients get the personalized, attentive services that the Office provides.
FiFi runs the Office. She doggedly pursues client's rights, and relentlessly sniffs out problems and finds solutions. She excels at client relations and personnel management.