Administrative Law

Representing public entities has been always been one of GMSR’s core practice areas.  As a result, GMSR’s appellate lawyers have extensive experience in handling appeals that follow administrative decisions, as well as in disposing of suits brought by plaintiffs who failed to follow the available administrative procedures.  GMSR has also been on the other side of the table, successfully representing private entities challenging administrative decisions in the Court of Appeal.

Zamorano v. Garland (9th Cir. 2021) 2 F.4th 1213

Ninth Circuit reverses removal order against GMSR client, ruling that immigration judges must consider positive factors when assessing a non-citizen’s entitlement to voluntary departure

Ninth Circuit Reverses Removal Order Against GMSR Client, Ruling That Immigration Judges Must Consider Positive Factors When Assessing A Non-Citizen’s Entitlement To Voluntary Departure

Victor Luis Angeles Zamorano followed his parents into the United States as a child and has lived in this country for the twenty years since.  At his removal proceeding, he requested voluntary departure, which would have allowed him to make arrangements to leave the country

In re Castlepoint National Ins. Co. (2021) 65 Cal.App.5th 668

Court of Appeal revives GMSR’s clients’ $200 million claims

Court Of Appeal Revives GMSR’s Clients’ $200 Million Claims

A group of New York investment companies turned to GMSR when a California trial court—citing agreements and injunctions in a prior insurance company liquidation—barred most of their $200 million New York lawsuit from proceeding. Facing off against both the California Insurance Commissioner and the New

Melamed v. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (March 22, 2021, B292794) 2021 WL 1084783 [nonpublished opinion]

Court of Appeal finds physician failed to exhaust administrative remedies in medical peer review matter

Court Of Appeal Finds Physician Failed To Exhaust Administrative Remedies In Medical Peer Review Matter

A physician brought administrative mandamus proceedings seeking to overturn a medical peer review determination that upheld the summary suspension of his medical staff privileges.  His mandamus arguments, however, challenged a different decision than what the parties had agreed the peer review hearing committee would decide—the

Dec 13, 2010 Related Cases
Court of Appeal ruling revives senior center project in Huntington Beach

Parks Legal Defense Fund v. City of Huntington Beach (2010) 2010 Cal.App.Unpub. LEXIS 9862 (California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three) [unpublished]. The City of Huntington Beach, GMSR’s client, planned to construct a state-of-the-art senior center in one of its parks. The trial

Karcher Firestopping, Inc. v. Local No. 5 Internat. Assn. of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers (9th Cir. 2008) 281 Fed.Appx. 722

A labor union filed a grievance against GMSR’s client and the client invoked its right under the collective bargaining agreement to have the grievance heard by a neutral arbitrator. The union asserted that the grievance instead had to be submitted to an administrative committee consisting

Sep 29, 2005 Related Cases
Rivas-Smith v. Los Angeles County (Sept. 29, 2005, B174456) 2005 WL 2387464 [nonpublished opinion]

Failure to pursue administrative review of an adverse civil service commission determination as grounds to bar employee wrongful terminations action

Jonathan Neil & Associates, Inc. v. Jones (2004) 33 Cal.4th 917

Scope of administrative agency jurisdiction over insurance rating issues; exhaustion of administrative remedies

Who We Serve


Whether on appeal, assisting trial counsel, or advising government officials contemplating legislative action, GMSR provides unique insight into the complex laws that impact public entities.

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Where coverage may exist, GMSR represents insureds on appeal effectively and efficiently. Where it does not, the firm protects insurers’ right to deny claims.

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GMSR offers corporate clients objective assessments on appeal, based on a deep understanding of the limitations and opportunities of appellate review.

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The firm’s lawyers are team players, collaborating with trial counsel at any level from legal strategy to writing or editing trial court motions and appellate briefs.

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GMSR vigorously advocates the rights of individual plaintiffs and defendants, in both state and federal appellate courts.

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As part of GMSR’s long-standing commitment to social justice and equality, GMSR provides pro bono appellate services to individuals and to community organizations on issues of concern.

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