Alana H. Rotter



Alana Rotter, a partner at GMSR, is a go-to lawyer for civil appeals and writ petitions in a wide range of substantive areas.  Clients and trial lawyers seek her out for her clear writing, thorough research, and efficiency.  Alana respects client relationships, and is adept at working hand-in-hand with trial lawyers. 

Certified by The State Bar of California as an appellate specialist, Alana helps clients—including plaintiffs, defendants, and litigators—defend victories and reverse adverse rulings in the California appellate courts and the Ninth Circuit.  She excels at developing new legal arguments, and at drafting incisive briefs and writ petitions that resonate with appellate judges.  Clients also hire Alana to provide guidance in the trial court, where she assists with dispositive motions and advises lawyers on preserving issues for appeal.  Such early interventions by a leading appellate lawyer can be critical to appellate success.

Alana has an insider perspective on the appellate system, having clerked for Judge Kermit Lipez of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  She received her law degree from Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

High Impact Wins


Quincy Jones v. MJJ Productions, Inc. (May 5, 2020, B285986) 2020 WL 2140759 [nonpublished opinion]

Court of Appeal reverses adverse jury verdict in dispute between Quincy Jones and MJJ Productions, reducing judgment by $6.8 million

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Estate of Jackson (May 16, 2019, B282375) 2019 WL 2136114 [nonpublished opinion]

Court of Appeal rejects claim that Michael Jackson gave away 15% of his business at a middle-of-the-night meeting

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Pacific Western Bank v. Far Out Productions, Inc. v. Audio Visual Entertainment, Inc. (Dec. 31, 2018, B278076, B278122) 2018 WL 6839451 [nonpublished opinion]

Court of Appeal affirms summary judgment entitling bank to collect on defaulted loans

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Wind Dancer Production Group v. Walt Disney Pictures (2017) 10 Cal.App.5th 56

Court of Appeal revives profit participation claims by television show creators and producers

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Breeden v. Superior Court, 2014 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 7216

Reversed erroneous denials of summary judgment

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Celador Internat., Inc. v. American Broadcasting Cos., Inc. (9th Cir. 2012) 499 Fed.Appx. 721

Protected $269 million damages award

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Speaking and Involvement

Anti-SLAPP Motions in Probate Litigation, LACBA Trusts and Estates Symposium
No-Contest Clauses and the Anti-SLAPP Statute: Traps for the Unwary, University of Southern California Trusts & Estates Conference
How To Make Your Appeal More Appealing, Beverly Hills Bar Association
Appeal Killers, San Mateo County Counsel
The Appeal Killers – Avoiding Reptile Tactics And Other Traps That Can Doom Your Appeal Before It Begins, County Counsels’ Association Civil Law & Litigation Conference
Persuasive Legal Writing, Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP
The Appeal Killers – Avoiding The Traps That Can Doom Your Appeal Before It Begins, International Municipal Lawyers Association’s 83rd Annual Conference
Stop the Appeal: Strategies and Practices for Seeking and Opposing Dismissal of Appeals, Kendall Brill Kelly
How to Use Amicus Support Effectively, Beverly Hills Bar Association
What Trial Lawyers Need To Know About Appeals, Beverly Hills Bar Association
What Trial Lawyers Need To Know About Appeals, Federal Bar Association, Northern District of California chapter
Volunteer Instructor, Constitutional Rights Foundation (Appellate Court Experience)

Professional Associations

California Academy of Appellate Lawyers (2017 - Present)
Los Angeles County Bar Association: State Appellate Judicial Evaluation Committee: Chair (2019 - present); Member (2012 - 2018)
USC Trusts and Estates Conference Planning Committee
International Municipal Lawyers Association
Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles: Amicus Briefs Subcommittee
Beth Am Lawyers: Founder/Coordinator
California Supreme Court Historical Society, Boardmember (2018 - 2021)
Beverly Hills Bar Association: Amicus Committee Co-Chair (2011 - 2016)