Law Offices of
Paul Kleven

(510) 528-7347

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Paul Kleven has been a member of the California bar since 1980 and a Certified Specialist in Appellate Law since 2002.  For most of his career, Mr. Kleven has represented plaintiffs at both the trial and appellate levels in cases involving defamation and related torts.  He handled all of the briefing in the landmark United States Supreme Court defamation case, Masson v. New Yorker Magazine, Inc. (1991) 501 U.S. 496.  Since opening the Law Offices of Paul Kleven in 1994, he has continued to handle civil litigation matters while focusing increasingly on civil and criminal appeals.  In January 2014, Mr. Kleven argued before the United States Supreme Court a Fourth Amendment case, Navarette v. California (April 22, 2014) 134 S.Ct. 1683.

Mr. Kleven is admitted to practice before all California courts, as well as the United States Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Northern, Central, Southern and Eastern Districts of California.  He received his legal training at Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, where he served as an Associate Editor of the California Law Review and earned an American Jurisprudence Award.  His casenote was published in the California Law Review in July 1980.  Mr. Kleven also received his undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley, an A.B. in English with Highest Honors.

Prior to opening his office, Mr. Kleven practiced for a number of years in the San Francisco firm of Charles O. Morgan, Jr., one of the premier plaintiffs’ defamation lawyers in California.  He began his career as a legal writer in the firm of Belli & Choulos, working on the six-volume practice guide, Modern Trials.  During law school, he clerked for the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.  Mr. Kleven has taught appellate advocacy/moot court at Hastings College of the Law, and has served as a judge on numerous moot court panels.

In addition to the California bar, Mr. Kleven is a member of the Alameda County Bar Association, where he was for many years the chair of the Lawyers in the Library Committee.

1604 Solano Avenue      
Berkeley, CA  94707

Tel: (510) 528-7347
Fax: (510) 526-3672