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.

Needles v. Mel Bernie & Co., Inc. (1999) 1999 Cal. LEXIS 5599

Challenge to arbitrator for bias

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. v. Intel Corp. (1994) 9 Cal.4th 362

Legal error does not compel reversal of arbitration award (consultation)

Jun 01, 1986 Related Cases
Preston v. Family Health Program (1986, G001199)

Whether noneconomic damages in arbitration award could exceed $250,000

Oct 29, 1985 Related Cases
Carlile v. Farmers Insurance Exchange (1985) 173 Cal.App.3d 975

Insurer’s duties when insured resists settlement

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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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