Edward L. Xanders ( Ted )



Ted Xanders joined the team of appellate lawyers at GMSR in 1997, after seven years as a business litigator with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.  For over two decades, he has helped trial counsel, corporate counsel, individuals, and insurers in both trial and appellate courts.  His services include preparing summary judgment and post-judgment motions, monitoring trials, and ultimately preparing successful appellate briefs.   

Ted has successfully represented clients  in appeals and writs that span  the legal spectrum,  including administrative law, antitrust, bankruptcy, business contract and tort, employment, entertainment, family law and leave, government tort liability, immigration, insurance, legal and medical malpractice, personal injury, products liability, real property, and unfair business practices.

He is a member of the election-only California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a Southern California Super Lawyer (Appellate), and Co-Chair of the Amicus Committee for the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC). He received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1989, where he was a finalist in the William Minor Lile appellate moot court competition, received the Johnson & Swanson award for appellate advocacy, and was Notes Editor for the Journal of Law & Politics.   He received his Bachelor of Arts degree (Political Science) magna cum laude from Duke University in 1985.  He is an avid world traveler, backpacker, and photographer, and has visited nearly fifty countries.

High Impact Wins


Newland v. County of Los Angeles (2018) 24 Cal.App.5th 676

Reversal of $13.9 million jury award with directions for entry of defense judgment

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City of Los Angeles v. AECOM Services, Inc. (9th Cir. 2017) 854 F.3d 1149

Reversal of ADA preemption ruling precluding city’s contribution claims

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Corona Summit v. Spuso5 Corona Summit, L.P., 2013 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 4633

Reversal of $79 million judgment against commercial real estate buyer.

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Ladd v. Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. (2010) 184 Cal.App.4th 1298

Reversal of non-suit and affirmance of jury award, establishing groundbreaking movie-royalty precedent.

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Leko v. Cornerstone Building Inspection Service (2001) 86 Cal.App.4th 1109

Reversal of summary judgment, establishing statewide real property precedent.

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DeCuir v. County of Los Angeles (1998) 64 Cal.App.4th 75

Reversal of jury verdict, establishing statewide precedent limiting suits against public entities.

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Speaking and Involvement

Leave No Pebley Unturned: Discovery Regarding Medieval Bills in the Post-Pebley World, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel Orange County Seminar
The Importance of Post-Judgment Motions, MCLE presentation the Los Angeles Law Library
Reptiles, Picassos and Stealth Bombers: Tips for Combatting Plaintiffs’ “Reptile” Theory and Other Aggressive Efforts to Inflate Non-Economic Tort Damages, ACIC’s 27th Annual General Counsel Seminar in Las Vegas
Using Appellate Counsel At Trial, MCLE presentation at GMSR Los Angeles
“Secret Agents”: The Coverage You Didn’t Think You’d Be Providing, ACIC’s 26th Annual General Counsel Seminar
The Importance Of Post-Judgment Motions: An Appellate Lawyer’s Perspective, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel Seminar
Exclusions And Concurrent Coverage, Association of California Insurance Companies Annual Seminar
Preserving Your Record On Appeal, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel Annual Seminar
Appellate Tips For Trial Lawyers, Orange County Bar Business Litigation Section Seminar

Professional Associations

Member, California Academy of Appellate Lawyers
Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
American Bar Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Appellate Committee
Association of Business Trial Lawyers
Glendale Bar Association