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Clients turn to GMSR when the stakes are high — including in the U.S. Supreme Court. We have handled nine cases in the nation's highest court, including seven significant victories since 2006. This record reflects our experience in drafting compelling certiorari petitions and briefs, and handling oral argument, at the nation's highest court. Click on the case names (in red) below for more information about our Supreme Court cases, including the petitions for certiorari, briefs and opinions.
10 Results

Year Title
2013 Stanton v. Sims (2013) 571 U.S. ____; 134 S. Ct. 3; 187 L.Ed.2d 341
Officer entitled to qualified immunity from suit for warrantless entry into home in hot pursuit of fleeing misdemeanant
Timothy T. Coates
2013 Los Angeles County Flood Control District v. Natural Resources Defense Council (2013) __U.S. __; 133 S.Ct. 710; 184 L.Ed.2d 547
United States Supreme Court held that the Ninth Circuit erred in holding the Los Angeles County Flood Control District liable for violations of the Clean Water Act
Timothy T. Coates
2012 Filarsky v. Delia (2012) 566 U.S. ____; 132 S.Ct. 1657; 182 L.Ed.2d 662 (amicus)
In a case that GMSR identified as a likely certiorari candidate and authored the sole amicus curiae brief supporting the certiorari petition, the Supreme Court reversed, holding that a private individual temporarily hired to carry out a public entity’s work is entitled to assert qualified immunity
Kent L. Richland
2012 Messerschmidt v. Millender (2012) 565 U.S. ____; 132 S.Ct. 1235; 182 L.Ed.2d 47
US Supreme Court held that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies were entitled to qualified immunity and thus could not be held personally liable for civil damages
Timothy T. Coates
2011 Stern v. Marshall (2011) 564 U.S. ____; 131 S.Ct. 2594; 180 L.Ed.2d 475
The Supreme Court held that a bankruptcy court has statutory authority to enter final judgment on a debtor’s state-law counterclaims against a creditor, but that Article III of the United States Constitution makes the statutory grant unconstitutional. It also held that 28 U.S.C. section 157(b)(5), which specifies that district courts must order that “personal injury tort and wrongful death claims” be tried in district court, is not jurisdictional and creditors can consent, through their conduct, to a bankruptcy court resolving such claims.
Kent L. RichlandAlan DiamondEdward L. Xanders
2010 Los Angeles County v. Humphries (2010) 562 U.S. ____; 131 S.Ct. 447; 178 L.Ed.2d 460
No declaratory or injunctive relief available in civil rights action against municipality under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 absent wrongful policy, custom or practice approved or knowingly tolerated by local public entity policymakers.
Timothy T. CoatesAlison M. Turner
2010 City of Ontario v. Quon (2010) 560 U.S. 746; 130 S.Ct. 2619; 177 L.Ed.2d 216
Expectation of privacy in messages sent and received on his employer-issued device; Fourth Amendment’s prohibition of unreasonable searches and seizures
Kent L. Richland
2009 John Van de Kamp, et al. v. Thomas Lee Goldstein (2009) 555 U.S. 335; 129 S.Ct. 855; 172 L.Ed.2d 706
Prosecutorial immunity applies to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 claims concerning the manner in which the prosecutor’s office implemented policies and training for jailhouse informants
Timothy T. CoatesJeffrey E. Raskin
2006 Marshall v. Marshall (2006) 547 U.S. 293; 126 S.Ct. 1735; 164 L.Ed.2d 480
Claims based on interference with an inter vivos trust do not fall within the “probate” exception to federal jurisdiction
Kent L. RichlandAlan DiamondEdward L. Xanders
1991 County of Riverside v. McLaughlin (1991) 500 U.S. 44; 111 S.Ct. 1661; 114 L.Ed.2d 49
Appropriate time period within which warrantless arrestees must receive probable cause determination
Martin SteinTimothy T. Coates

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