Joseph F. Klatt is a civil litigator who focuses on practical representation for the real world problems of Californians and their businesses. He has broad-ranging experience in business litigation, contractual disputes, enforcing debts and collecting judgments as well as injury and insurance cases. Joseph has worked with clients in various sectors including finance, insurance, agriculture, construction, local government and education.
Joseph is a California native who worked as a martial arts instructor for seven years before moving to Sacramento for law school. He has spent his entire legal career as a litigator in Sacramento. Prior to joining Radoslovich Shapiro, PC Attorneys, he worked at both one of the biggest litigation firms in the area, where he learned to appreciate the complex and unique business environment of the region, and one of the smallest litigation firms in the area, where he gained a pragmatic and personal approach to the practice of law.
Represented an interstate agricultural commodities broker against six plaintiffs, represented by four law firms, that were injured when a big rig truck hauling the broker’s products, but belonging to another company, lost control. Won summary judgment. Plaintiff’s demand prior to summary judgment was $6,000,000.
Represented a century-old California company after a foreign corporation failed to pay for over half a million dollars of products, shuttered its U.S. operation and transferred its assets beyond U.S. jurisdiction. Prosecuted an alter-ego action against a commonly owned corporation, obtained a pre-judgment lien on its domestic assets and brokered a favorable six-figure settlement through escrow.
Represented a national consumer finance lender as the principal attorney on more than 50 collection cases. Prosecuted cases to favorable disposition through default judgment, stipulation and dispositive motion. Supervised and trained five associates on related matters and compliance with relevant consumer protection laws.
Represented a national lending company defending against claims of improper and harassing debt collection and negotiated a favorable settlement prior to discovery. Successfully compelled arbitration of a subsequent claim alleging fraudulent and deceptive business practices and seeking class action certification, damages and injunctive relief.
Joseph graduated valedictorian of his law school class at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 2008 and was voted the Outstanding Graduating Senior by the faculty. He received Bernard E. Witkin awards for earning the highest marks in the subjects of bioethics, civil procedure, contracts, constitutional law, environmental law, property, torts and legal process (legal research and writing). He is a member of the Roger J. Traynor Society and the Order of the Coif. While in law school he served as a legislative staff writer, comment writer and then editor-in-chief of the McGeorge Law Review.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in cognitive science with a specialization in neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego in 2003.