Lara Krieger

Lara KriegerLara is an accomplished appellate lawyer, with more than 20 years of deep experience in state and federal appellate and trial court practice. She’s handled appeals, writs, and complex motions in high-stakes matters while working at some of the most prominent law firms in California and New York.

After honing her litigation craft in New York, she switched gears to pursue appellate practice. She cut her teeth in appellate law during her four years as research attorney for the Ninth Circuit, before embarking on her appellate practice.  She practiced appellate law first at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, and then at the appellate boutique firm Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland. She’s represented clients ranging from Hitachi, Sutter Health, and Rodale Publishing to individuals and small businesses.

Lara has given back to the legal community. She served on and then chaired the State Bar’s Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (commonly known as the JNE Commission). The JNE Commission is the statutory entity charged with evaluating all judicial candidates before appointment to the California state courts by the Governor. In this capacity, she participated in panels and workshops up and down the state, alongside sitting trial judges and appellate justices about California’s judicial appointment process.

For many years, Lara was a member of the Board of Governors of California Women Lawyers as well as Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles. California Women Lawyers recognized her as a “2011-2012 Woman of Distinction.”  She has also served as a volunteer appellate mediator for the Fourth District Court of Appeal, after attending Pepperdine School of Law’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution—a nationally recognized program providing intense training on the skills necessary to effectively mediate lawsuits.

While working at the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, Lara taught legal research and writing at University of California, Hastings College of the Law.


  • J.D., Yale Law School, 1994
  • B.A., Columbia College, Columbia University, 1991, Art History, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1995
  • California, 2002
  • Hawaii, 2003 (voluntarily inactive)