News & Publications

May 22, 2017 Alana H. Rotter
Alana Rotter Admitted to the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers

GMSR is proud to announce that partner Alana Rotter has become a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers (CAAL).  Academy membership is limited to highly experienced and skilled appellate lawyers in California.  To be considered, a candidate must have a minimum of ten

May 05, 2017 Robin Meadow
The National Law Journal Designates GMSR partner Robin Meadow as a “Trailblazer”

GMSR partner Robin Meadow has once again been recognized for his role as the petitioners’ counsel in Estate of Duke (2015) 61 Cal.4th 871.  He previously received the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award.  Now, the National Law Journal has designated Robin as

Is The Pendergrass Rule Greener On The Other Side?: The Need For Strict Limits On Promissory Fraud Claims After Riverisland.

GMSR partner Ted Xanders provides an in-depth look at the myriad promissory fraud issues that remain unresolved after Riverisland Cold Storage, Inc. v. Fresno-Madera Production Credit Association, 291 P.3d 316 (Cal. 2013) (Riverisland) abrogated the Pendergrass rule.  The Pendergrass rule had barred evidence of fraudulent

Apr 26, 2017 Laurie J. Hepler
SCOTUS Hears Specific-Jurisdiction Case From California

No clear leaning emerges from a review of the April 25 U.S. Supreme Court argument in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California. The “specific” personal jurisdiction issue presented:  whether a defendant can be sued in a state court for injury claims that would be

Apr 17, 2017 Robert A. Olson
Wretched Excess – Working with Umbrella and Excess Coverage to Manage the Large Claim

Originally prepared and presented at the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) 2017 Annual Conference—GMSR partner Robert Olson explores the law affecting the rights and duties of primary and excess carriers vis a vis each other.

Apr 17, 2017 Robert A. Olson
Limiting Reptile Arguments, By Appeal And Otherwise

Originally prepared and presented at the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel  (FDCC) 2017 Winter Meeting—GMSR partner Robert Olson explores reptile arguments and how to limit them.

Mar 05, 2017 Jonathan H. Eisenman
Appellate Attorneys Tackle Twitter, Daily Journal (March 3, 2017)

Jonathan Eisenman writes on the bustling community of appellate advocates on Twitter in a March 3, 2017 Daily Journal column, “Appellate Attorneys Tackle Twitter.”

Mar 03, 2017 Laurie J. Hepler
Laurie Hepler becomes GMSR’s second partner to hold FDCC membership

GMSR is proud to congratulate partner Laurie Hepler on becoming the firm’s second partner selected for membership in the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel.  FDCC membership is by election only.  Nominated attorneys must have achieved professional distinction, and must enjoy the respect of opposing

Tips: Critical New Trial Motion Deadlines, Daily Journal (February 27, 2017)

There are many deadlines to keep track of when moving for a new trial.  Which ones are jurisdictional, such that missing them will automatically result in the Court of Appeal reversing the grant of a new trial?  Laurie Hepler and Alana Rotter provide an overview

Many of GMSR’s appellate attorneys recognized as Super Lawyers; Robert Olson named among the Top 100 in Southern California

GMSR’s appellate attorneys who were recognized as Super Lawyers for 2017 include: Tim Coates, Bob Olson, Robin Meadow, Marc Poster, Kent Richland, Marty Stein, and Cindy Tobisman. Bob Olson is on the Top 100 List for 2017.  The Top 100 List is a listing of

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