Gary J. Wax



Gary Wax is an appellate lawyer who represents a wide range of clients in civil appeals and in writ proceedings, including insurers, property owners, employers, public entities, bankruptcy creditors, and trademark-holders. Gary also regularly advises trial counsel on drafting jury instructions and making and opposing post-trial motions.

Before joining GMSR as an appellate lawyer, Gary worked in the film industry as an executive for entertainment companies like Miramax Films, where he acquired distribution rights for feature films such as the Oscar-nominated City of God. Gary now uses his appreciation for effective storytelling to deliver persuasive briefs and arguments for clients seeking to uphold or reverse their trial court judgments in California state or federal appellate courts.

Gary’s top five favorite legal films of all time: 12 Angry Men, A Few Good Men, The Verdict, True Believer, Primal Fear.

High Impact Wins


Garcia v. Holt (2015) 242 Cal.App.4th 600

Made New Law

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Brown v. Mid-Century Insurance Co. (2013) 215 Cal.App.4th 841

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Speaking and Involvement

MAXIM-izing Results in Any Insurance Case: How to Use the Maxims of Jurisprudence to Persuade, American Property Casualty Insurance Association
CYA (Coach Your Attorneys): How to Help Your Outside Counsel Preserve the Record for an Appeal, American Property Casualty Insurance Association
Is Dynamex Dynamite? Evaluating Dynamex’s Potentially Explosive Effects On Tort Defendants, Employers, And The Gig Economy; Association of Southern California Defense Counsel Seminar
Stop Controlling Me! Recent Legal Developments In Employee/Independent Contractor Classification In The Gig Economy, 29th Annual PCI Western Region General Counsel Seminar
Experts: Can’t Live With Them, Can’t Live Without Them, 28th Annual ACIC General Counsel 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
“Secret Agents”: The Coverage You Didn’t Think You’d Be Providing, ACIC’s 26th Annual General Counsel Seminar
Paparazzi Law in a Flash: Examining California’s Past, Present and Future, Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review Symposium

Professional Associations

Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
Association of Business Trial Lawyers
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Beverly Hills Bar Association