Constitutional Law

GMSR has helped shape constitutional law, handling cutting-edge cases involving privacy, searches and seizures, due process, and the First Amendment. In addition to  extensive experience in the federal circuit courts, GMSR has also appeared repeatedly in the U.S. Supreme Court in recent years.

B.Q. v. Dekok (9th Cir. 2020) __ Fed.Appx. __ [2020 WL 6112498]

Plaintiff, a seventh-grade student, claimed that a teacher’s use of inaccurate and negative translations of Sharia law to teach a unit on religion to students violated the Establishment Clause.  The district court dismissed the suit, finding that the teacher was entitled to qualified immunity because

Ninth Circuit affirms qualified immunity for teacher sued by student for violation of the Establishment Clause

Ninth Circuit affirms qualified immunity for teacher sued by student for violation of the Establishment Clause

Easley v. City of Riverside (9th Cir. 2018) 890 F.3d 851

Plaintiff Michael Easley jumped out of a car that had just led police officers on a high speed chase, and ran down a residential street.  As he ran, he pulled a gun out of his pants, raised it across his body, and threw it like

Jun 19, 2017 Laurie J. Hepler
U.S. Supreme Court Rejects California’s Assertion Of Personal Jurisdiction Over Drugmaker

In Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court (June 19, 2017, Case No. 16-466), the United States Supreme Court has ruled 8-1 that California lacks “specific” personal jurisdiction over a pharmaceutical company, reversing a 4-3 decision last year by the California Supreme Court.  The case arises

Jun 19, 2017 Laurie J. Hepler
U.S. Supreme Court Rejects California’s Assertion Of Personal Jurisdiction Over Drugmaker

In Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court (June 19, 2017, Case No. 16-466), the United States Supreme Court has ruled 8-1 that California lacks “specific” personal jurisdiction over a pharmaceutical company, reversing a 4-3 decision last year by the California Supreme Court.  The case arises

GMSR secures another win on appeal, this time in Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment v. Castaic Lake Water Agency

Santa Clarita Org. for Planning & Environment v. Castaic Lake Water Agency (2016) 1 Cal.App.5th 1084. In a published opinion, Division 2 of the Second DCA upheld the right of GMSR’s client, the Castaic Lake Water Agency, to acquire all of the stock of a privately

Santa Clarita Organization for Planning & Environment v. Castaic Lake Water Agency (2016) 1 Cal.App.5th 1084.

In a published opinion, Division 2 of the Second DCA upheld the right of GMSR’s client, the Castaic Lake Water Agency, to acquire all of the stock of a privately held water company via inverse condemnation, and rejected the contention that the transaction violated various

Stanton v. Sims (2013) 134 S.Ct. 3

Officer entitled to qualified immunity from suit for warrantless entry into home in hot pursuit of fleeing misdemeanant

GMSR wins its second U.S. Supreme Court case in less than a year, making it seven Supreme Court victories in seven years

Stanton v. Sims, 571 U.S. __, 134 S. Ct. 3; 187 L.Ed.2d 341 (United States Supreme Court). In response to GMSR’s certiorari petition, the United States Supreme Court did not simply grant the petition, but—without further briefing or oral argument—issued a full opinion summarily reversing

Jul 11, 2013 Timothy T. Coates, Alison M. Turner Related Cases
Today’s Fresh Start, Inc. v. Los Angeles County Office of Education (2013) 57 Cal.4th 197

Case challenging the procedures for revoking a charter school’s charter; decision clarifies the standards governing charter school revocation proceedings

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