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.

Los Angeles County v. Humphries (2010) 562 U.S. 29

No declaratory or injunctive relief available in civil rights action against municipality under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 absent wrongful policy, custom or practice approved or knowingly tolerated by local public entity policymakers.

City of Ontario v. Quon (2010) 560 U.S. 746

Expectation of privacy in messages sent and received on his employer-issued device; Fourth Amendment’s prohibition of unreasonable searches and seizures

Apr 06, 2010 Gary J. Wax
Popping Britney’s Personal Safety Bubble: Why Proposed Anti-Paparazzi Ordinances in Los Angeles Cannot Withstand First Amendment Scrutiny (2010) 30 Loy. L.A. Ent. L.Rev. 133.

Lawmakers have suggested a wide range of possibilities to curtail paparazzi activity in the Los Angeles area, such as “requiring all ‘celebrity photographers’ to file for a permit, . . . taxing revenues generated from the photos,” and, most controversially, creating floating “buffer zones” or

Apr 03, 2009 Related Cases
McCullock v. Los Angeles County Sheriff (9th Cir. 2009) 320 Fed.Appx. 814

Civil rights action based on denial of medication to prisoner

Van de Kamp v. Goldstein (2009) 555 U.S. 335

Prosecutorial immunity applies to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 claims concerning the manner in which the prosecutor’s office implemented policies and training for jailhouse informants

Jan 15, 2009 Related Cases
Humphries v. Los Angeles County (9th Cir. 2009) 554 F.3d 1170

Due process claim based on list of suspected child abusers maintained by California Department of Justice

In re Marriage Cases (2008) 43 Cal.4th 757 (amicus)

Constitutionality of statute providing that only heterosexual couples can marry (amicus curiae brief)

Robertson v. County of Ventura (9th Cir. 2008) 275 Fed.Appx. 594

Requirement of state action in civil rights action for physicians’ mandatory reporting of possible child abuse

Apr 22, 2008 Related Cases
Ninth Circuit affirms summary judgment in favor of GMSR clients in civil rights action

Robertson v. County of Ventura (9th Cir. 2008) 275 Fed.Appx. 594, 2008 U.S. App. LEXIS 9071 (United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit) [published]. The Ninth Circuit affirmed summary judgment for two physicians who had been sued for violation of civil rights under

Adam Bros. Farming, Inc. v. County of Santa Barbara (Mar. 4, 2008, B180880) 2008 WL 565025 [nonpublished opinion]

Two family agribusiness entities sued Santa Barbara County under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for a supposed civil rights deprivation based on the County’s delineation of a wetland on a large parcel of land that one of the plaintiffs owned and the other wanted to farm.

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