Nadia A. Sarkis



Nadia Sarkis is an experienced appellate advocate and innovative problem-solver, who strategizes with clients and trial counsel to lay the groundwork for a successful appeal and develop arguments that shape the law.  She has a broad-based appellate practice, which includes the representation of public entities in civil rights, employment, and tort matters; working with businesses on product liability, arbitration, and other matters; and serving as amicus curiae in several cases before the Ninth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court.  Nadia has crafted hundreds of briefs and appeared before both state and federal courts throughout California.

Before joining GMSR, Nadia worked as senior litigation counsel, including at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, representing clients in large-scale antitrust, intellectual property, and coverage litigation matters, and trying multiple jury cases to verdict.  She also has prior experience working in-house managing litigation, employment, and privacy matters, which informs her collaborative approach with clients and excellent communication skills.

Nadia started her legal career with two appellate clerkships, for Ferdinand F. Fernandez of the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey of the Colorado Supreme Court.  Nadia is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional (“CIPP”) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

High-Impact Wins


Rivas-Villegas v. Cortesluna (2021) 142 S.Ct. 4 (per curiam)

Continuing GMSR’s record of success in the United States Supreme Court—prevailing in nine of ten cases before the Court—Tim Coates and Nadia Sarkis convin...

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Morgan v. J-M Manufacturing Co., Inc. (2021) 60 Cal.App.5th 1078

Obtained reversal of $15 million punitive damages award based on no substantial evidence of managing agent liability.

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B.Q. v. Mesa Union School Dist. (Dec. 2, 2020, No. B303351) 2020 WL 7052293 [nonpublished opinion]

Second appeal relating to student’s discrimination claim against school district.

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Shirvanyan v. Los Angeles Community College Dist. (2020) 59 Cal.App.5th 82

Court of Appeal reverses adverse jury verdict for lack of substantial evidence, clarifying plaintiffs’ burden of proof on FEHA interactive process claims.

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B.Q. v. Dekok (9th Cir. 2020) 825 Fed.Appx. 533

Ninth Circuit affirms qualified immunity for teacher sued by student for violation of the Establishment Clause.

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Speaking and Involvement

Attracting Attention: How To Write Effective Petitions For Review & Amicus Briefs; Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Online Panel MCLE
Be A Good Friend — A Guide To Amicus Briefs In Trial and Appellate Courts; International Municipal Lawyers Association annual conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Getting Younger — A Guide To Abstention, Rooker-Feldman, And Other Defenses To Federal Civil Rights Actions That We All Learned In Law School, But May Have Forgotten; International Municipal Lawyers Association Mid-Year Seminar
Reptiles, Picassos & Stealth Bombers: Tips for combatting plaintiffs’ Reptile Theory & other aggressive efforts to inflate non-economic tort damages; International Municipal Lawyers Association annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia

Professional Associations

Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA), Board of Governors, Co-Chair Amicus Briefs Subcommittee
International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA)
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA)
Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL)