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Ellie S. Ruth

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Biography

Ellie Ruth has a background in both trials and appeals, which provides her with a wide range of insights and understanding about what’s needed to deliver persuasive, effective advocacy.

Ellie joined GMSR after four years working as a research attorney for Justice Brian M. Hoffstadt of the California Court of Appeal, Second District, where she developed an inside perspective on what makes for optimal appellate advocacy—including comprehensive legal research and record review and focused, concise briefing.  Her work at the court spanned business disputes, constitutional law, civil procedure, employment, contracts, property, family law and probate, as well as felony and juvenile dependency cases.

Before she joined the Court of Appeal, Ellie was a trial attorney in Austin, Texas, where she represented clients in felony, misdemeanor and administrative courts throughout the state.  Her trial experience—along with her tenacious, creative approach to problem-solving—makes her a highly effective oral advocate.

Before her legal career, Ellie worked in public relations, where she developed and implemented public and media relations campaigns for businesses and multinational organizations.  She applies that experience to her written and oral advocacy on behalf of clients, capturing the attention of readers through compelling and memorable arguments.

Ellie holds an undergraduate degree with high honors from Emory University and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.  While always a Texan at heart, Ellie is happy to call Los Angeles home.

High-Impact Wins

2021

Oakes v. Progressive Transportation Services, Inc. (2021) 71 Cal.App.5th 486

Court of Appeal Affirms Judgment For GMSR Client, Making New Law On The Interplay Of Two Statutes

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2020

Carracela v. Southern California Edison Co. (Dec. 11, 2020, B294297) 2020 WL 7296575 [nonpublished opn.]

GMSR Secures Win For Its Public Utility Client: Court Of Appeal Affirms Summary Judgment

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2021

Nede Mgmt., Inc. v. Aspen American Ins. Co. (2021) 68 Cal.App.5th 1121

Court Of Appeal Rejects Insureds’ Cumis Claims And Affirms Judgment For Insurer

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2021

Hansen v. Hilton & Hyland (Oct. 21, 2021, B305592) 2021 WL 4899199 [nonpublished opinion]

Court Of Appeal Affirms Summary Judgment For Broker And Agent On Claim Arising From Home Sellers’ Misconduct

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2021

Southern Cal. School of Theology v. Claremont Graduate University (May 3, 2021, B302452) 2021 WL1731232 [nonpublished opinion]

Court Of Appeal Reverses Attorney Fee Award Against GMSR Clients

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2020

Picazzo v. C.W. Driver, Inc. (Feb. 28, 2020, B289070) 2020 WL 967087 [nonpublished opinion]

GMSR Obtains $2.8 million Appellate Victory For Workers’ Compensation Carrier

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Speaking and Involvement

2022
A Year In Review – Case Highlights of 2021, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
2022
Get To Know An Expert: Understanding Sargon And Sanchez And Using Them To Your Advantage, for In House Counsel
2021
The Year in Review: A Summary of Recent Cases, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
2019
The Year in Review: A Summary of Recent Cases, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
2019
Handling Evidentiary Issues on Appeal, California Lawyers Association Appellate Summit

Professional Associations

LACBA State Appellate Judicial Evaluation Committee (2018 - Present)
Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA)
Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL)
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC)