Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP (GMSR) has been one of the leading civil appellate firms in the country for four decades. It was founded in 1983 as an appellate boutique in Los Angeles by Irving Greines, the late Alan Martin, Martin Stein and Kent Richland, all of whom are intimately familiar with the appellate process and are outstanding writers and thinkers.

GMSR has handled cases in the United States Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court, the highest courts of six other states, the Ninth Circuit (and many other circuits), every California Court of Appeal district, and Federal District Courts. GMSR has been counsel of record in over 500 published decisions, in hundreds more unpublished decisions, and has represented amici curiae in many additional matters.

Although GMSR’s practice is concentrated in the appellate courts, it serves its clients in the trial arena as well. Planning for an appeal often begins as early as drafting the complaint or answer, and sometimes even before that. Clients frequently engage the firm to assist trial counsel in specific areas, including the initial formulation of a case, briefing and arguing dispositive motions, developing legal theories and trial strategy, preparing trial briefs and jury instructions, and briefing and arguing post-trial motions in anticipation of an appeal.

The firm’s practice is not limited to any particular substantive areas of the law. It represents clients—both plaintiffs and defendants—in diverse fields including constitutional law, civil rights, governmental torts and immunities, personal injury torts, insurance coverage and bad faith, complex business disputes, business torts, copyright, unfair competition, antitrust, RICO, securities, entertainment, environmental law, employment discrimination and wrongful termination, family law, bankruptcy and probate.