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Robin Meadow

Biography

Few appellate specialists have successfully tried a jury case.  Robin Meadow tried jury cases for over 20 years at a major commercial firm, while also handling appeals, in many fields of law.  Over time, he realized that it’s nearly impossible to excel at both trials and appeals, because the skill sets and practice rhythms differ completely and often clash. Concluding that his greatest strengths lay in appellate work, Robin joined GMSR in 1994, handling his last trial late that year.

Robin’s trial-court experience gives him a unique perspective on appellate work.  He understands the demands and pressures trial lawyers face and the many ways that things can go wrong in the trial court.  And he is very much at home consulting with trial lawyers during trial, helping them protect their appellate record so they’re well positioned to either preserve a victory or overturn a defeat.

Robin’s practice at GMSR continues the substantive focus he developed in his earlier years—business disputes, real estate, partnerships, and probate and entertainment law.  But, like most appellate lawyers, he is a generalist and at GMSR has also handled multiple significant appeals involving healthcare, family law, personal injury and bankruptcy.

He is also an expert in technology for appellate lawyers and courts.  A pioneer in the use of electronic records and briefs, Robin co-authored the California Second District Court of Appeal’s first protocol for electronic briefs (since adopted by other California Courts of Appeal), and he filed the first electronic brief ever accepted by a California appellate court.

When he isn’t practicing law, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading about history and playing bass guitar in a rock band.

High Impact Wins

2015

In re Estate of Duke (2015) 61 Cal.4th 871

California Supreme Court allows reformation of wills, overturning centuries of precedent.

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2015

Sheridan v. Touchstone Television Productions, LLC (2015) 241 Cal.App.4th 508

Employees of private companies urging retaliation claims need not exhaust administrative remedies before suing

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2015

Novak v. Fay (2015) 236 Cal.App.4th 329

Court establishes procedure for enforcing attorney liens against decedents’ estates

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2015

Wilson v. Southern Cal. Edison Co. (2015) 234 Cal.App.4th 123

Court articulates new criteria for evaluating whether a defendant’s conduct creates a nuisance

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2012

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

$300 Million “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” Verdict Against Disney Affirmed

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2012

Ginsberg v. Gamson (2012) 205 Cal.App.4th 873

Court rejects claim that a lease allowed perpetual renewals

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Publications

Speaking and Involvement

2016
What's New in Appellate Law and Technology and Brief Writing and Oral Argument Strategies, Pincus Professional Education
2016
Wills, Evidence and Henry VIII: A Discussion of Estate of Duke, Beverly Hills Bar Association
2016
Oral Argument: Mastering Techniques of Persuasion Clear Law Institute
2013
Preserving the Record on Appeal, Aviva K. Bobb Advanced Probate Volunteer Panel Attorney Training Symposium
2013
Protecting Your Client After Judgment: Enforcement, Appeal Bonds, and Other Options, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Appellate Courts Section
2012
What Trial Lawyers Need To Know About Appeals, Federal Bar Association, Northern District of California chapter
2012
Everything Trial Lawyers Need to Know About Appeals, Association of Business Trial Lawyers
2011
The Appellate Process in California: An Interactive Workshop, Bridgeport Continuing Education
2010
The Appellate Process in California: An Interactive Workshop, Bridgeport Continuing Education
2009
The Complete Appeal Conference: Strategies from Start to Finish, Pincus Professional Education
2009
Internet Resources: Beyond Lexis and Westlaw
2009
Computer Forensics, UC Riverside series on Science for Lawyers
2008
What Trial Lawyers Don’t Know Can Hurt Them, Los Angeles Paralegal Association
2008
Winning Business Litigation Appeals in the California Courts, Orange County Bar Association
2008
The E-Future: How to Make E-Filing and E-Briefs Work for You, 2008 Appellate Justice Institute
2008
The Impact of Technology on Appellate Standards of Review, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
2008
Oral Argument for the Court’s Summer Externs, Second District Court of Appeal (program with Justices Arthur Gilbert and Steven Z. Perren)
2008
Practical Aspects of Appellate Practice, Second District Court of Appeal
2008
The Complete Appeal: Strategies from Start to Finish, Pincus Professional Education
2007
Appellate Law for Mediators, Second District Court of Appeal, Mediation Training Program
2006
Technology for Everyday Appellate Practice, State Bar of California 2006 Annual Meeting
2006
Winning Strategies Using Legislative Intent, State Bar of California 2006 Annual Meeting
2006
The California Supreme Court – A Justice’s Perspective (moderator), Association of Business Trial Lawyers
2005
Making The Best Trial Record for Appeal in a Complex Business Case, Association of Business Trial Lawyers
2004
Business Litigation in the Court of Appeal, Association of Business Trial Lawyers
2004
Summer Extern Program - Oral Argument, California Court of Appeal (2004-2011)
2003
Selected Insights on California Supreme Court Practice, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Appellate Courts Committee
2003
Electronic Appellate Practice: Show and Tell, Riverside County Bar Association, Appellate Law Section (panelist)
2003
Common Errors on Appeal, California Center for Judicial Education and Research
2002
Electronic Appellate Practice: Show and Tell, Orange County Bar Association, College of Appellate Advocacy
2002
The Explosion of Litigation Arising from Employee Theft of Trade Secrets, Institute for Corporate Counsel
2001
Legal Research on the Internet, Appellate Judicial Attorneys Institute
2001
California Appellate Practice – A Primer for Trial Lawyers, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
2000
Bad Faith, Buss and the Duty to Defend, Title Insurance Subsection of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Real Property Section
2000
Thinking Ahead During Trial: How to Protect and Use the Record on Appeal, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Litigation Section/Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association
1999
Law and Motion, Los Angeles County Bar Association (May 1999 and May 2000)
1999
California Appellate Practice – A Primer for Trial Lawyers, North Santa Barbara County Bar Association
1999
How To Be an Effective Appellate Court Mediator, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Appellate Courts Committee and Dispute Resolution Services
1999
California Appellate Practice, Association of Business Trial Lawyers
1999
The Virtual Brief, Center for Judicial Education and Research
1999
Electronic Appellate Advocacy, Orange County Bar Association, Appellate Law Section
1998
Written Advocacy/Law & Motion, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 16th Annual Las Vegas Convention
1997
Appellate Law for Trial Lawyers and for Those Who Supervise Them, Chicago Title Insurance Company
1997
Hot Issues from Trial to Appeal, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Litigation Section
1997
Appellate Settlement Conferences – Different Strokes for Different Folks, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Appellate Courts Committee
1996
Appellate Settlement Conferences – Techniques for Settlement Officers, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Appellate Courts Committee
1995
Creating a Winning Record on Appeal: What Trial Lawyers Need To Know, San Fernando Valley Bar Association (March 1995) and law firm presentation
1995
What's New in Tort and Trial: 1994 in Review, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
1993
Ponzi Schemes and Trust Deed Fraud, Title Insurance Subsection of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Real Property Section
1993
Steering Through the Minefield: How to Protect the Record on Appeal, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Convention
1990
Protecting the Record on Appeal, California Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention
1985
Condominium Homeowners Associations, Continuing Education of the Bar (1985-1986)
1993
Condominium Homeowners Associations, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Benjamin S. Crocker Symposium

Professional Associations

Founding member, National Board of Appellate Lawyers, National Board of Trial Advocacy (2015)
Member, California Academy of Appellate Lawyers (President, 2006-2007)
Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
Los Angeles County Bar Association: President, 2003-2004; Appellate Courts Committee, 1978-present (Chair, 2001-2003); Arbitration Executive Committee, 1978-1983 (Chair, 1980-1983); Judicial Evaluation Committee, 1979-1981 and 1983-1985 (Chair, 1983-1985); Juvenile Justice Committee, 1988-1989 (Co-Chair); Association Representative to the Children’s Court Design Committee, 1988-1992; Appellate Elections Evaluation Committee, 1989-2001 (Vice-Chair, 1992-1994); Professional Liability Insurance Committee, 1989-1993; Audit & Finance Committee, 1995-2000 (Chair, 1997-2000); Ad Hoc President's Advisory Committee on Women in the Legal Profession, 2013
Member, Board of Directors, Los Angeles County Bar Foundation (funds law-related public interest programs) (1989-1990)
American Bar Association: Litigation Section; Appellate Advocacy Committee of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
Member, Board of Directors, Public Counsel (pro bono legal services) (1988-1996) (President, 1994-1995)
Member of Steering Committee and Mediator, Mediation Program, California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District
Member, Chancery Club of Los Angeles
Member, Board of Directors, Friends of the Los Angeles County Law Library