Business Litigation

Business litigants turn to GMSR when the stakes are high, whether it’s to preserve an important victory or to challenge an adverse decision.  GMSR has substantive experience in a range of fields including antitrust, bankruptcy, banking/lender liability, contract interpretation and enforcement, torts, trade secrets misappropriation, and unfair competition.  That experience, combined with GMSR’s outside-the-box thinking and persuasive writing, ensures appellate briefs that present its clients’ case in the strongest light possible.  Savvy clients also regularly bring GMSR in long before the appellate stage to draft dispositive motions, review proposed jury instructions and verdict forms, and advise on strategy with an eye toward appeal.

In re Meruelo Maddux Properties, Inc. (9th Cir. 2016) 637 Fed.Appx. 1012

After the U.S. District Court affirmed the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s confirmation of a Chapter 11 reorganization plan, a majority block of the debtor-in-possession’s insider equity shareholders appealed to the Ninth Circuit. As they did in the District Court, the insiders argued that the bankruptcy court

Overcoming insider objections about valuation, GMSR obtains affirmance in Ninth Circuit appeal from confirmation of a Chapter 11 reorganization plan

In re Meruelo Maddux Properties, Inc. (9th Cir. 2016) 637 Fed.Appx. 1012 (United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit) [unpublished]. After the U.S. District Court affirmed the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s confirmation of a Chapter 11 reorganization plan, a majority block of the debtor-in-possession’s

Crosby v. HLC Properties, Ltd. (2014) 223 Cal.App.4th 597

GMSR wins publicity rights dispute for Bing Crosby’s heirs; Court of Appeal’s decision helps delineate publicity rights of celebrities and their heirs, brings stability to settlements by reaffirming the breadth of releases of claims

GMSR successfully defends bankruptcy court order confirming Chapter 11 reorganization plan on appeal

In re Meruelo Maddux Properties, Inc. (2013) 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 112105 (United States District Court for the Central District of California). After the U.S. Bankruptcy Court confirmed a Chapter 11 reorganization plan that required a majority block of the debtor-in-possession’s insider equity shareholders to

In re Meruelo Maddux Properties, Inc. (C.D.Cal. Aug. 7, 2013) 2013 WL 4045922 [bankruptcy appeal]

GMSR successfully defends bankruptcy court order confirming Chapter 11 reorganization plan on appeal

GMSR obtains $66 million reduction of judgment and reversal of alter ego determination

Corona Summit v. SPUS05 Corona Summit (2013) 2013 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 4633 (California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Four) [unpublished]. GMSR’s client, CB Richard Ellis Strategic Partners US Opportunity 5 LP (Fund V), had formed a single purpose entity (SPE) to purchase office

Corona Summit LLC v. SPUSO5 Corona Summit, L.P. (June 27, 2013, B226933) 2013 WL 3286181 [nonpublished opinion]

GMSR obtains $66 million reduction of judgment and reversal of alter ego determination

Bank of America, N.A. v. Lahave (June 26, 2013, B240826) 2013 WL 3213731 [nonpublished opinion]

GMSR obtains reversal in Court of Appeal in commercial guaranty action

GMSR obtains reversal in Court of Appeal in commercial guaranty action

Bank of America, N.A. v. Danny Lahave, et al. (2013) 2013 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 2161 (California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division One) [unpublished]. A commercial mortgage loan guaranty purported to waive any defense of illegality that the borrower might have against collection. A

Celador Internat., Inc. v. American Broadcasting Cos., Inc. (9th Cir. 2012) 499 Fed.Appx. 721

Television show creator found contractually entitled to 50% of network’s profits; substantial evidence supported jury’s $269 million damages award

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PUBLIC ENTITIES

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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INSURERS

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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BUSINESSES

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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TRIAL COUNSEL

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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INDIVIDUALS

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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