Nadia A. Sarkis



Nadia Sarkis helps businesses, public entities, and trial counsel win on appeal. She works with trial counsel to lay the groundwork for a positive outcome before, during, and after trial by assisting with complex motion practice and helping to preserve issues for appeal. Nadia’s thoughtful, diligent approach resonates with appellate courts and gives credibility to her clients’ causes. That approach has gotten her clients favorable results on a wide range of appeals, including constitutional law, governmental immunity, punitive damages, employment, and arbitration issues.

Nadia joined GMSR after working in-house managing litigation, employment, and privacy issues, which gives her a client’s perspective on litigation. This experience enables her to work both efficiently and creatively and gives her motivation and dedication to work hard for the win. She also has more than a decade of experience litigating at a national law firm and a litigation boutique, where she tried multiple jury cases to verdict.

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.

When she’s not writing appellate briefs, Nadia enjoys traveling, hiking, playing guitar, reading, and painting, as well as cooking with her husband and two young boys.

High Impact Wins


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. (Cal.App., 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

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

International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA)
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA)
Association of Business Trial Lawyers (abtl)