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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

Dec 02, 2016
Effective Immediately: New Word Limit for Federal Appeals

As of December 1, 2016, opening briefs in most U.S. Courts of Appeals must be 13,000 words or shorter.  However, the Federal, Second, Seventh, and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals still allow 14,000 words.

Nov 30, 2016 Alana H. Rotter
Discovery Sanctions Appeals Can Be Tricky Business, Los Angeles Daily Journal (November 30, 2016)

An order imposing a discovery sanction of more than $5,000 is immediately appealable; an order imposing a sanction below that amount is not.  But what about an order that imposes multiple sanctions, each of which is less than $5,000, but which collectively total more than

Nov 29, 2016 Robert A. Olson
Robert Olson Speaking at the 2016 CLM New York Conference

GMSR partner Robert Olson will speak at this year’s conference about how to avoid punitive damages awards. He will join other experienced claims professionals and outside counsel who will provide guidance on handling claims by minimizing the risk of becoming embroiled in a claim in

Nov 01, 2016
GMSR ranked as a national tier 1 law firm by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers

GMSR is pleased to report that it is ranked as a national tier 1 law firm for appellate practice in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers publication “Best Law Firms.”  According to the publication, this tier designation “reflects the high level

Oct 15, 2016 Cynthia E. Tobisman
The Post-Nuclear Family: Changing Definitions of What Constitutes a Familial Relationship in Strategies for Family Law in California: Leading Lawyers on Understanding Developments in California Family Law (2016 ed.)

Published in Strategies for Family Law in California: Leading Lawyers on Understanding Developments in California Family Law, 2016 ed., Cindy’s chapter, The Post-Nuclear Family: Changing Definitions of What Constitutes a Familial Relationship focuses on the extent to which advances in reproductive technology and shifts in cultural norms have altered

Oct 06, 2016 Alana H. Rotter
No Reporter’s Transcript? Here’s What It Means For Your Appeal, Verdict Magazine (Vol. 2, 2016)

Failing to provide a reporter’s transcript of all relevant trial court proceedings can sink an appeal, because without a transcript, the Court of Appeal will presume that the record supports the challenged order or judgment.  In the most recent issue of the Association of Southern

GMSR will argue two landmark cases before the California Supreme Court in the next week

On Thursday, September 29th, 2016, Kent Richland and Cindy Tobisman will argue before the California Supreme Court on In re Transient Occupancy Tax Cases S226645.  This case includes the following issue: When a customer books a hotel room through an online travel company, should the

Sep 22, 2016 Robin Meadow
Robin Meadow speaking at the 2016 Trusts & Estates Symposium

At this year’s symposium for the Trust & Estates Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Robin Meadow will speak about his landmark case Estate of Duke (2015) 61 Cal.4th 871.  The decision fundamentally changed the law regarding reformation of wills, and was the

Sep 16, 2016 Jonathan H. Eisenman
Jonathan Eisenman speaking at ASCDC Litigation Conference in San Diego

Jonathan Eisenman will be speaking at this year’s Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC) Litigation Conference in San Diego.  Jon will be giving a lightning-fast talk on the California appellate courts’ publication rules and the effective use of amici curiae to shape precedent.  For

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