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Kent L. Richland

Biography

Kent Richland has been an appellate lawyer since he graduated from UCLA Law School in 1971.   In 1983, Kent was one of the founding partners of Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland, LLP.

Kent has been lead appellate counsel in hundreds of appeals.  He has argued in state and federal appellate courts across the country, including many high-profile cases in both the California Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court.  He gained national prominence in 2006 for his United States Supreme Court argument in Marshall v. Marshall, in which he successfully represented the late Anna Nicole Smith.

Kent is a frequent lecturer and author on appellate law topics and is co-author, with Presiding Justice J. Anthony Kline of the California Court of Appeal, of West’s California Litigation Forms Civil Appeals and Writs.  He has served as president of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers and multiple terms as president of the California Supreme Court Historical Society.  He was selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, the American Bar Foundation and the Litigation Counsel of America.

Among the honors he has received are the California Lawyer Magazine’s California Lawyer of the Year award in both 2007 and 2010, Best Lawyers’ Los Angeles Appellate Lawyer of the Year Award in 2015, multiple years’ recognition by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the top 100 lawyers in California, multiple years’ recognition as one of the top 100 Southern California Superlawyers and recognition by Chambers USA as one of five “Band One” appellate lawyers in California.

High Impact Wins

2016

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP v. J-M Manufacturing Co., Inc. (2016) 244 Cal.App.4th 590

Groundbreaking Decision on Arbitration and Legal Ethics

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2006

Marshall v. Marshall (2006) 547 U.S. 293

Seminal Case on Federal Court Jurisdiction

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1998

Batchelder v. Kawamoto (1998) 147 F.3d 915

Landmark Decision on Securities Law

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Speaking and Involvement

2016
American Bar Association Section Litigation Conference, The Stern Trilogy: The Future of Article I Courts
2013
University of California at Irvine School of Law, Lecture on United States Supreme Court Practice in the 21st Century
2012
Federal Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section for the Western District of Michigan, Speech on Stern v. Marshall
2012
Estate Planning and Community Property Journal Annual Banquet, Texas Tech School of Law, Featured Speaker on Marshall v. Marshall
2011
Oklahoma Bar Association Annual Advanced Bankruptcy Seminar, Speech on Stern v. Marshall
2010
National Foundation for Judicial Excellence Annual Symposium, Lecture on City of Ontario v. Quon (Chicago, IL)
2010
ABA Administrative Law Conference, Lecture on City of Ontario v. Quon (Washington, D.C.)
2009
State Bar of California Annual Conference on Federal and State Appeals, Panel on Appellate Stays (2009 - present)
2008
California Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER) Appellate Judicial Attorneys Institute, Lecture--Civil Law Update (2008 - present)
2008
Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), Lecture--Recent Developments in Civil Practice
2007
California Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER) Appellate Justices Institute, Featured Speaker on Media and the High Profile Appeal
2006
American College of Trial and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Fiduciary Litigation Committee, Speech on Marshall v. Marshall
2006
UCLA School of Law Dean’s Roundtable, Discussion of Marshall v. Marshall
2004
The Rutter Group, Panel on Mastering Appellate Advocacy
2004
Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), Panelist on Making and Opposing Anti-SLAPP Motions
2003
Mealey’s Anti-SLAPP Statute Conference, Panelist (2003, 2004)
2000
Federal Practice Institute, Panelist on Ninth Circuit Practice (1994-2000)
1999
Scotland Yard, Panelist on The Human Rights Act: The Practical Implications for British Policing—Learning from the U.S. Experience (London, U.K.)
1997
Southwestern University School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Law, Team Taught Course (with Professor Laurie Levenson and Judge Aurelio Munoz on Issues in Criminal Appellate Law (1996-97)
1996
Appellate Courts Institute and California Judges Association Annual Meeting, Panelist on Views from the Other Side of the Bench
1990
American Bar Association, National Institute on Medical Malpractice, Moot Court Argument
1991
Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), Panelist on Extraordinary Writs (1987, 1991)
1987
Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), Panelist on The Court of Appeal Speaks
1983
Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), Panelist on Step By Step: The Appellate Process

Professional Associations

Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
Member, California Academy of Appellate Lawyers (President, 1995-1996)
Member, Board of Directors, California Supreme Court Historical Society (President, 1999-2005)
Member, Chancery Club of Los Angeles
Member, Appellate Indigent Defense Oversight Advisory Committee to the California Judicial Council
Member, Appellate Advisory Committee to the California Judicial Council (2000-06)
Member, Board of Advisors, Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly (1978-88)
Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association: Trustee (1999-2000)
Appellate Courts Section; Appellate Courts Committee (Chair, 1985-88)
Board of Editors, Los Angeles Bar Journal and Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine (Articles Editor and Managing Editor (1977-78)
California Judicial Systems Committee (Chair, 1988-90)
Committee on Delivery of Legal Services; Judicial Appointments Committee (Chair, 2001-03)
Judicial Evaluation Committee; State Appellate Judicial Evaluation Committee (Chair, 1992-94)