Laurie J. Hepler



Laurie Hepler is a leading San Francisco appellate lawyer, who collaborates with clients to address all aspects of the appellate process objectively and strategically.  For over two decades, Laurie has helped trial counsel, corporate counsel, insurers and individuals keep their wins, reverse their losses, and develop the law.  Successful first- and second-chair trial experience back up her appellate expertise.

Clients retain Laurie as their appellate lawyer in state and federal courts throughout California and the U.S.  Her clients’ appellate matters span a wide range of subjects, including product liability, insurance coverage, contract disputes, personal jurisdiction, employment, and unfair competition.  But the subject counts less than the forum: appellate courts know Laurie, and she knows them.

Laurie has been honored with two prestigious California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (“CLAY”) Awards, for two California Supreme Court wins.  She is a member of the highly selective California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and is certified as an Appellate Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

High Impact Wins


O’Neil v. Crane Co. (2012) 53 Cal.4th 335

Won Statewide Precedent

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RLI Insurance Co. v. CNA Casualty of Cal. (2006) 141 Cal.App.4th 75

Established New Law

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PLCM Group v. Drexler (2000) 22 Cal.4th 1084

Won Statewide Precedent

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Speaking and Involvement

Presenter, “The Year In Review,” Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California
Presenter, “Establishing Favorable Precedent In Bad Faith Litigation,” Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
Presenter, “Moot Courts: How to Get the Most Out of—and Give the Most to—Them,” California Academy of Appellate Lawyers
Presenter, “Appellate Strategy For Repeat Commercial And Institutional Litigants,” Pincus Advanced Appellate Conference
Presenter, “Use It Or Lose It: Pre-Judgment Appeal and Writ Deadlines,” Annual Meeting of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada
Presenter, “Appeal Rights And Your Arbitration Case,” Bar Association of San Francisco
Judge, 48th Annual Roger J. Traynor California Appellate Moot Court Competition
Moderator, “Moral Character: Assessing the Supreme Court’s Role in Contested Bar Admissions,” California Academy of Appellate Lawyers
Moderator, "Oral Arguments: When and How They're Important, and How to Make Them Successfully," First Appellate District Practice Symposium
Presenter, "Strategic Legal Analysis: Begin With the End In Mind," presentation to in-house professionals
Presenter, "Should We Appeal?," National Forum for Environmental and Toxic Tort Issues
Presenter, "The Seven Deadly Sins in a Case Headed for Appeal," presented annually to bar associations throughout California

Professional Associations

Member, California Academy of Appellate Lawyers
Appointed to the State Bar's Appellate Law Advisory Commission (2013-2016)
Appointed to State Bar Committee on Appellate Courts (2006-2009)
Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (Chair of Amicus and Public Policy Committee; Vice Chair of Appellate Law Section)