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Jeffrey Gurrola

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Biography

Jeff Gurrola discovered his passion for appellate practice while working as a litigator in a major international firm.  Having begun his career in this fast-paced environment, Jeff thrives under pressure and provides efficient, excellent legal analysis.  His time working as an in-house litigation attorney also gave him a deep understanding of the legal and business considerations his clients face when pursuing an appeal.

At GMSR, Jeff regularly briefs and argues a wide variety of civil appeals in both California and federal appellate courts.  He also consults with trial attorneys before, during, and after trial to advise on key legal issues and help prepare them to pursue or defend against any subsequent appeal.

In addition to serving client needs, Jeff assists GMSR partner Laurie Hepler in her role as Contributing Editor of Eisenberg, Cal. Practice Guide: Civil Appeals and Writs (The Rutter Group), the authoritative treatise on civil appellate practice in California.

When he’s not wrestling with thorny legal issues (and even sometimes when he is), Jeff enjoys traveling, hiking his way up tall mountains around California, and watching The Golden Girls.

High-Impact Wins

2023

Williams v. FCA US LLC (2023) 88 Cal.App.5th 44

Held that vehicle manufacturers cannot offset their Song-Beverly Act damages by amounts the plaintiff receives for trading in a “lemon” vehicle

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2022

Campbell v. Budd (Oct. 18, 2022, B306687) 2022 WL 10252427 [nonpublished opinion]

Declined to impose a duty on California landlords to replace code-compliant un-tempered glass doors

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2022

Friend of Camden, Inc. et al. v. Brandt (2022) 81 Cal.App.5th 1054

Held as a matter of first impression that members may dissolve an LLC by vote even if a judicial dissolution action is pending in court

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2022

Coastline JX Holdings LLC v. Letwak & Bennett (May 16, 2022, G059646) 2022 WL 1534602 [nonpublished opinion]

Upheld trial court’s imposition of approximately $300,000 in attorney fees relating to default judgment

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Speaking and Involvement

2023
In Case You Missed It: Civil Law Highlights From The Past Year, Beverly Hills Bar Association
2022
In Case You Missed It: Civil Law Highlights From The Past Year, Beverly Hills Bar Association

Professional Associations

Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL)
National LGBT Bar Association