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Marc J. Poster

Biography

Marc J. Poster is one of America’s leading specialists in appellate law and practice.  For more than four decades, he has litigated hundreds of appeals and writ petitions in state and federal appellate courts nationwide.  Marc’s clients – a broad spectrum of plaintiffs and defendants, appellants, petitioners, respondents and appellees, individuals, companies, insurers, and public entities – come to him again and again because of his proven client-centered approach, his passion to win, his brief-writing skills, and his high reputation in the appellate courts and legal community. 

His appellate successes run the whole gamut of subjects, including torts, contracts, real property, insurance, constitutional law, family law, probate and trusts, professional liability and intellectual property.  Marc also assists trial attorneys with critical motions and litigation strategy, so that if their cases go to appeal, they will be well prepared.

Marc was educated at Stanford University and UCLA School of Law, served as a Senior Research Attorney for the California Court of Appeal, and is a Certified Specialist in Appellate Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.  Marc is a member and past president of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and a past chair of various Los Angeles County Bar Association appellate practice committees.  Marc also chaired the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Amicus Briefs Committee and is a former President of that Association.  Marc lectures and publishes extensively on appellate law and practice.

High Impact Wins

2015

Dromy v. Assil, 2015 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 9298

Judgment for Damages and Attorney Fees Upheld, and More Fees Awarded

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2014

Camargo v. John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital, 2014 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 5946

Judgment for Damages Slashed

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2013

Stoltenberg v. Ampton Investments, Inc. (2013) 215 Cal.App.4th 161

Made New Law

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Publications

Speaking and Involvement

2016
You've Got a Friend: Winning Appeals with Effective Amicus Briefs, Southern California Business Litigation Inn of Court
2008 - 16
Settlement Officer, Volunteer Settlement Program, California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District
2009
Ethical Issues in Appellate Practice, Defense Research Institute, Appellate Advocacy Seminar
2008
Appellate Advocacy and Gay Divorce, Southern California Business Litigation Inn of Court
2006
Thinking Ahead: Protecting Your Position For Appeal, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Litigation Section
2006
Update From the Appellate Courts, Santa Clarita Bar Association
2005
Amazing Tales of Ninth Circuit Practice, Orange County Bar Association, Appellate Courts Committee
2004
Winning At Any Cost: Ethics In The Appellate Courts, State Bar of California
2002
Federal Appellate Practice, Orange County Bar Association, College of Appellate Advocacy
2001
Ethical Concerns In Handling An Appeal, State Bar of California
2001
Appellate Judicial Attorneys Institute, Ethics Panel, California Center For Judicial Education And Research
2000
Ethics In Appellate Advocacy, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Appellate Courts Committee
1992
Taking an Appeal: Civil, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Convention

Professional Associations

Beverly Hills Bar Association: President (2009-2010); Member, Board of Governors (2002-2006); Amicus Briefs Committee (Chair, 2000-2006)
Los Angeles County Bar Association: Appellate Courts Section, 1978-present (Chair, 1984-1985); State Appellate Judicial Evaluation Committee, Chair, 1997-2001
American Bar Association: Appellate Advocacy Committee of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section 1988-present (Vice Chair, 2007-present)
Faculty Member, 6th Appellate Practice Institute (1988)
Member, California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, 1979-present (President, 1989-1990)
Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (1996-present)
Settlement Officer, Volunteer Settlement Program, California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District