Arbitration, Mediation & Settlement

Arbitration, mediation, and/or settlement discussions may help resolve a dispute more quickly and efficiently than litigation, but the results often prompt litigation and appeals. When clients turn to these alternative dispute resolution techniques, GMSR helps them by recommending mediators or arbitrators, formulating strategy, and drafting briefs that persuasively lay out their position. GMSR also routinely represents clients in appellate proceedings related to alternative dispute resolution.

Court Of Appeal Orders Confirmation Of Arbitration Award For GMSR’s Client, Finding The Respondent Missed A Jurisdictional Deadline To Seek To Vacate It

Litigation funder Law Finance Group turned to GMSR after the trial court vacated an arbitration award enforcing LFG’s loan agreement with a borrower.  On appeal, GMSR argued that the trial court lacked jurisdiction to vacate the award because the borrower failed to seek vacatur within

Court Of Appeal Rules For GMSR Client Angelina Jolie, Holding That A Private Judge Violated A Continuing Obligation To Disclose New Matters Involving Counsel Representing Jolie’s Ex-husband Brad Pitt

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s ongoing divorce proceeding has been handled by a party-compensated private judge sitting as a Los Angeles Superior Court judge.  Such judges have an ongoing obligation to disclose new paid engagements with counsel representing either side.  After several rounds of such

Jan 12, 2021 Jeffrey E. Raskin
GMSR’s Jeff Raskin authors article on using public policy against arbitration

Countless published cases invoke California’s public policy in favor of arbitration to justify everything from expansive interpretation of arbitration agreements to the extremely narrow scope of judicial review of arbitration awards. Less well-known are two doctrines that allow parties to use public policy against arbitration,

Jan 12, 2021 Robin Meadow
GMSR’s Robin Meadow authors article on successful navigation of judicial references

Judicial references are an attractive alternative to waiting behind the superior court’s Covid-19 backlog to get to trial. But there are traps for the unwary: Many practitioners do not know about some important legal aspects of references, and they often fail to appreciate what they

eGumball v. Call & Jensen (Oct. 10, 2019, G056650) 2019 WL 5078606 [nonpublished opinion]

GMSR’s client sued his former attorneys for malpractice. The matter went to arbitration, and the arbitrator ruled in favor of the attorneys. They sought to recover attorney’s fees under their engagement letter with the client, but the arbitrator refused to allow them to recover fees

Court of Appeal affirms order denying in-house fees to attorneys

GMSR’s client sued his former attorneys for malpractice. The matter went to arbitration, and the arbitrator ruled in favor of the attorneys. They sought to recover attorney’s fees under their engagement letter with the client, but the arbitrator refused to allow them to recover fees

Rice v. Downs (July 23, 2019, B286296) 2019 WL 3297150 [nonpublished opinion]

Several years ago, in Rice v. Downs (2016) 248 Cal. App. 4th 175, the Court of Appeal vacated an arbitration award against GMSR’s client, finding that his claims for legal malpractice against his lawyer/business partner were not covered by the parties’ arbitration agreement.  These included a claim

Court re-affirms denial of arbitration of malpractice claims

Several years ago, in Rice v. Downs (2016) 248 Cal. App. 4th 175, the Court of Appeal vacated an arbitration award against GMSR’s client, finding that his claims for legal malpractice against his lawyer/business partner were not covered by the parties’ arbitration agreement.  These included a

Jun 14, 2019 Robert A. Olson
What makes a PAGA Penalty? Robert Olson interviewed by Daily Journal, available via SoundCloud

What makes a PAGA Penalty? After hearing argument the California Supreme Court has ordered additional briefing in a case that could reshape the contours of the state’s Private Attorneys General Act. Attorneys involved in the case, Robert Olson (Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland) and Michael

GMSR Appellate Attorneys recognized as “California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year” based on their work in shaping both arbitration law and attorney ethical standards

The Daily Journal recognized GMSR lawyers Kent Richland and Jeffrey Raskin, along with Barbara Ravitz, for their work in Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., Inc. This is Kent Richland’s third time and Jeffrey Raskin’s second time being awarded the prestigious California Lawyer Attorneys of

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