Besides being married to the new police commissioner named by mayor elect of New York City Bill DeBlasio, Rikki Klieman is a celebrity in her own right.
Born in Chicago in 1948, she is a criminal defense lawyer and TV personality for TruTV. She worked in criminal defense in Boston and taught at Columbia Law School. She met Bill Bratton in New York and they were married in April of 1999. It was her first marriage and his fourth.
Rikki is on of the most successful and well known criminal lawyers in America. She’s been an anchor on Court TV as well. In 1983, she was named one of the five most outstanding women trial lawyers in the country by Time Magazine. She’s been interviewed by many talk shows and news channels, as well as on 60 Minutes and others.
This very busy woman has also served on the Advisory Committee to the U. S. Supreme Court on Federal Rules of Criminal Procedures, the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and many others. She is also an author and an actress! Wow, I got tired just writing all this stuff down!!
How does this high power couple make their marriage work? They respect each others’ identity and uniqueness, they keep communication lines open, they’ve both learned how to balance work and personal life. But most importantly it’s showing the love and respect they have for each other and being the emotional support and encouragement. They have learned to grow as individuals and as a team, a real couple and as best friends.