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Klieman offers poignant message at first Sidebar Series Klieman offers poignant message at first Sidebar Series

For the debut of the MBA's Sidebar Series, Court TV anchor and top trial attorney Rikki Klieman offered insights on the importance of balancing career with appreciating and living life.

Rikki Klieman
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Court TV anchor and top trial attorney Rikki Klieman offers insights on the importance of balancing career with appreciating and living life. Klieman, who appeared at the MBA for the debut of the association's first Sidebar Series, read from and discussed her new book, "Fairy Tales Can Come True: How a Driven Woman Changed Her Destiny," on June 10.
Klieman, who read from and discussed her new book, "Fairy Tales Can Come True: How a Driven Woman Changed Her Destiny," said life passed her by for many years as she climbed the ladder of success. Now, she has learned the importance of balancing career with a satisfying personal life and is encouraging others to do the same.

"If the only thing you have to be thankful for at the end of the day is work, then you are whacked," Klieman said. "I missed out on a lot of beauty as a result … You, whether you are male or female, need to make choices about balance."

Dynamic and witty, Klieman entertained the audience with her poignant message. Following her talk, she chatted with attendees and autographed copies of her book.

Klieman's appearance marked the MBA's first Sidebar Series - an occasional series of free special events that will give members an opportunity to hear from and meet noteworthy personalities from the worlds of law, education, entertainment and business in a relaxed, after-work setting.

Named as one of the top five female trial lawyers in America by Time magazine, Klieman has handled many high-profile cases, including Christian Scientists David and Ginger Twitchell, who lost a child due to their religious beliefs, and controversial 1960s fugitive Katherine Ann Power.

Klieman has been an anchor on Court TV in New York since 1995, analyzing trials and legal issues throughout the country. She remains of counsel to the Boston law firm of Klieman, Lyons, Schindler and Gross, where she specializes in criminal trial and appellate work and civil litigation.

She recently published her autobiography, in which she discusses her career, her major cases and the price paid on the road to success. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Bill Bratton, the Los Angeles Chief of Police and the former chief for Boston and New York.

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