Professional Malfeasance

GMSR’s has successfully represented lawyers, accountants, trustees, and other professionals accused of a wide range of malfeasance, and we are intimately familiar the ins and outs of appeals from anti-SLAPP proceedings.

GMSR obtains reversal of summary judgment against its client

Michelson v. Proskauer Rose, LLP, 2016 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 4701. GMSR’s client sued a law firm for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and legal malpractice, based upon the firm’s issuance of opinion letters regarding purportedly tax-advantaged investments that the Internal Revenue Service later determined were

Michelson v. Proskauer Rose, LLP, 2016 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 4701

GMSR’s client sued a law firm for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and legal malpractice, based upon the firm’s issuance of opinion letters regarding purportedly tax-advantaged investments that the Internal Revenue Service later determined were illegal. GMSR’s client asserted the attorney-client privilege as to his

In a published opinion, the Second District Court of Appeal, Division 4 reversed a $1.7 million judgment against GMSR’s client J-M Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP v. J-M Manufacturing Co., Inc. (2016) 244 Cal.App.4th 590 (California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Four) [published]. In a unanimous published opinion reversing the $1.7 million judgment against GMSR’s client J-M Manufacturing Co., Inc., the Second District

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

Court of Appeal reversed a $1.7 million judgment against GMSR’s client J-M Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Cruz-Carbajal v. Holder (9th Cir. 2011) 428 Fed.Appx. 759

Teaming up as pro bono counsel, husband and wife team Alana Rotter of GMSR and Jonathan Rotter of Kaye Scholer LLP argued that the Board of Immigration Appeals erroneously denied a motion for relief based on ineffective assistance of former counsel. The Ninth Circuit agreed,

Court of Appeal affirms defense judgment in legal malpractice case

The Court of Appeal affirmed a judgment in favor of GMSR’s client, a law firm sued for legal malpractice, including the award of almost $1 million in unpaid legal fees on the law firm’s cross-complaint. Plaintiff had not testified at trial about a key set

Court of Appeal affirms judgment in favor of GMSR’s clients in legal malpractice action

Lockton v. O’Rourke (2010) 184 Cal.App.4th 1051 (California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Four) [published]. A sophisticated businessman hired GMSR’s clients to bring suit against various individuals and entities that he claimed had fraudulently settled litigation arising out of his ouster from a

Lockton v. O’Rourke (2010) 184 Cal.App.4th 1051

Standard for determining continuous representation on same specific subject matter for purposes of tolling statute of limitations in attorney malpractice action

Blanks v. Seyfarth Shaw LLP (2009) 171 Cal.App.4th 336

Reversing $30 million legal malpractice judgment because of error in instructing on Talent Agencies Act

Kouri v. BDO Seidman, LLP, 2007 Cal. LEXIS 7882

Obtaining depublication of published Court of Appeal opinion regarding liability of CPA firm

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PUBLIC ENTITIES

Whether on appeal, assisting trial counsel, or advising government officials contemplating legislative action, GMSR provides unique insight into the complex laws that impact public entities.

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INSURERS

Where coverage may exist, GMSR represents insureds on appeal effectively and efficiently. Where it does not, the firm protects insurers’ right to deny claims.

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BUSINESSES

GMSR offers corporate clients objective assessments on appeal, based on a deep understanding of the limitations and opportunities of appellate review.

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