Rikki Klieman

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Rikki Klieman
William Bratton LAPride.jpg
Rikki Klieman and husband William Bratton at LA/Valley Pride
Alma materNorthwestern University
Boston University School of Law
Television commentator[1]
Spouse(s)William J. Bratton

Rikki Klieman (born 1948) is an American criminal defense lawyer and television personality. A native of Chicago, she is a legal analyst for CBS News, having previously worked in criminal defense in Boston and taught at Columbia Law School. Additionally, she is an author, actress, and is married to William Bratton, former chief of the Los Angeles Police Department and former Police Commissioner of the New York Police Department.

Early life[edit]

She was born in 1948 to a Ukrainian Jewish immigrant family in Chicago, where she danced, acted, and sang as a youth.[2] Klieman attended Northwestern University where she was a theater major and had plans of becoming an actress.[3] However, she decided to attend law school. Klieman graduated from Boston University School of Law in 1975 with her Juris Doctor.[3] During law school she externed for U.S. District Court judge Walter Jay Skinner.[3]

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 and then started her own private practice.[3] In 1983 she was named by Time magazine as one of the five best female attorneys in the United States.[2] From 1996 to 2003 she was a member of the faculty of Columbia Law School, and previously taught at the law school of her alma mater, Boston University.[3]


Klieman worked for TruTV until October 30, 2009, when its news division was absorbed into CNN's existing crime/justice coverage unit.[3] 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.[4] 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. In 2013 she appeared as Katrina McCarthy in the season 4 episode "Justice Served"[5] of the CBS police procedural drama Blue Bloods, as well as appearing in 2014 in the season 5 episode "Loose Lips"[6] as Judge Fowler, and again appeared as Judge Fowler in 2015 in the 6th season episode "Rush to Judgment"[7] of Blue Bloods.

As of 2015, Klieman regularly appears as a legal analyst for CBS News' morning news show CBS This Morning.[8]


  1. ^ Shallwani, Pervaiz (16 September 2016). "Rikki Klieman Had a Starring Role as First Lady of the NYPD". wsj.com. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b Gayle Pollard-Terry. Style and Culture: Counsel to the cop: She fits the profile. Los Angeles Times, October 14, 2002.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Rikki Klieman. Archived December 6, 2007, at the Wayback Machine CourtTV. Retrieved on May 21, 2007.
  4. ^ Rikki Klieman. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on May 21, 2007.
  5. ^ "Justice Served". IMDb. 15 November 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Loose Lips". IMDb. 24 October 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Rush to Judgment". IMDb. 30 October 2015. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Rikki Klieman to address UMass Law Class of 2015 at Commencement". massachusetts.edu. 15 March 2015. Retrieved 16 September 2016.

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