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.

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

GMSR partner Alison Turner wins major due process case in California Supreme Court

In Today’s Fresh Start v. Los Angeles County Office of Education (2013) 57 Cal.4th 197, GMSR partner Alison Turner successfully represented the Los Angeles County Office of Education and Board of Education in a case challenging the procedures for revoking a charter school’s charter. In

GMSR wins second United States Supreme Court case in 12 months

For the second time in less than a year, GMSR partner Tim Coates was victorious in the United States Supreme Court, convincing the Court to unanimously reverse a judgment against GMSR client the Los Angeles County Flood Control District. In Los Angeles County Flood Control

Los Angeles County Flood Control Dist. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. (2013) 568 U.S. 78

United States Supreme Court held that the Ninth Circuit erred in holding the Los Angeles County Flood Control District liable for violations of the Clean Water Act

Filarsky v. Delia (2012) 566 U.S. 377 (amicus)

In a case that GMSR identified as a likely certiorari candidate and authored the sole amicus curiae brief supporting the certiorari petition, the Supreme Court reversed, holding that a private individual temporarily hired to carry out a public entity’s work is entitled to assert qualified immunity

Messerschmidt v. Millender (2012) 565 U.S. 535

US Supreme Court held that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies were entitled to qualified immunity and thus could not be held personally liable for civil damages

In yet another United States Supreme Court victory for GMSR—the sixth victory in seven cases— the Court shields police officers from personal liability for obtaining a search warrant they could reasonably have believed valid

Messerschmidt v. Millender (2012) 565 U.S. ____; 132 S.Ct. 1235 (United States Supreme Court). Tim Coates and Lillie Hsu obtained a 6-3 decision from the United States Supreme Court for two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies in Messerschmidt v. Millender (2012) 565 U.S. ____; 132

Court of Appeal reverses judgment against GMSR’s clients, finding no due process violation in charter school revocation proceedings

Today’s Fresh Start, Inc. v. Los Angeles County Office of Education, et al (2011) 197 Cal. App. 4th 436 (California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division One) [published]. Following administrative proceedings, GMSR’s client, Los Angeles County Board of Education, revoked the charter of Today’s

Jun 28, 2011
GMSR in the United States Supreme Court for the sixth time in six years

After having two cases before the Court during the October 2010 term, Los Angeles County v. Humphries (2010) 562 U.S. __, 131 S.Ct. 447 and Stern v. Marshall (2011) 564 U.S. ____; 131 S.Ct. 2594, GMSR will return to the high court during the 2011

Stern v. Marshall (2011) 564 U.S. 462

The Supreme Court held that a bankruptcy court has statutory authority to enter final judgment on a debtor’s state-law counterclaims against a creditor, but that Article III of the United States Constitution makes the statutory grant unconstitutional. It also held that 28 U.S.C. section 157(b)(5), which specifies that district courts must order that “personal injury tort and wrongful death claims” be tried in district court, is not jurisdictional and creditors can consent, through their conduct, to a bankruptcy court resolving such claims.

Who We Serve

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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COMMUNITY PRO BONO

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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