Partner

Alana H. Rotter

Biography

Alana Rotter, a partner at GMSR, is a go-to lawyer for civil appeals and writ petitions in a wide range of substantive areas.  Clients and trial lawyers seek her out for her clear writing, thorough research, and efficiency.  Alana respects client relationships, and is adept at working hand-in-hand with trial lawyers. 

Certified as an appellate specialist by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, Alana helps clients—including public entities, insurers, businesses, and individuals—defend their victories and reverse adverse rulings in the California appellate courts and the Ninth Circuit.  She excels at developing new legal arguments, and at drafting incisive briefs and writ petitions that resonate with appellate judges.  Clients also hire Alana to provide guidance at the trial court level, where she assists with dispositive motions and advises lawyers on preserving issues for appeal.  Such early interventions by a leading appellate lawyer can be critical to a future appeal. 

Alana has an insider perspective on the appellate system, having clerked for Judge Kermit Lipez of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  She received her law degree from Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

High Impact Wins

2014

Breeden v. Superior Court, 2014 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 7216

Reversed erroneous denials of summary judgment

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2012

Celador Internat., Inc. v. American Broadcasting Cos., Inc. (9th Cir. 2012) 499 Fed.Appx. 721

Protected $269 million damages award

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2009

Jasmine Networks, Inc. v. Superior Court (2009) 180 Cal.App.4th 980

Clarified trade secrets law

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Publications

Speaking and Involvement

2016
Stop the Appeal: Strategies and Practices for Seeking and Opposing Dismissal of Appeals, Kendall Brill Kelly
2014
How to Use Amicus Support Effectively, Beverly Hills Bar Association
2012
What Trial Lawyers Need To Know About Appeals, Beverly Hills Bar Association
2012
What Trial Lawyers Need To Know About Appeals, Federal Bar Association, Northern District of California chapter
2011
Volunteer Instructor, Constitutional Rights Foundation (Appellate Court Experience)

Professional Associations

Member, California Academy of Appellate Lawyers (2017-present)
LACBA State Appellate Judicial Evaluation Committee (2012-present)
Beverly Hills Bar Association: Amicus Committee Co-Chair (2011-present)
Los Angeles County Bar Association: Appellate Courts Section member (2008-present)