Insurance Law

GMSR has a long history of representing insurance carriers on a wide range of issues, including first- and third-party coverage, excess insurance, contribution and allocation claims, as well as bad faith liability issues, such as Brandt fee questions and punitive damages.  GMSR’s appellate lawyers regularly use this experience to assist clients in all facets of the appellate process.  The firm also counsels both carriers and policyholders regarding their potential liabilities and rights.

Breiholz v. Farmers Group, Inc. (2001) 2001 Cal. LEXIS 6247

Professional services exclusion included construction contract manager

Safeco Ins. Co. v. Robert S. (2001) 26 Cal.4th 758

Insurance coverage for accidental shooting (amicus curiae brief)

Vollmer v. Farmers Insurance Group of Companies (2000, D029130)

Judgment against attorney in fact and management company for insurer reversed

Mez Industries, Inc. v. Pacific Nat. Ins. Co. (1999) 76 Cal.App.4th 856

Liability insurer’s duty to defend patent infringement action under coverage for advertising injuries

Midiman v. Farmers Insurance Exchange (1999) 76 Cal.App.4th 102

Carrier’s rejection of insured’s choice of counsel did not allow insured to hold carrier to settlement made without carrier’s consent

Brifman v. CSE Insurance Group (1999, B120551)

Unclean hands of insured regarding earthquake insurance claim

May 01, 1999 Robin Meadow
Clear and Convincing Evidence: How Much Is Enough?

California Insurance Law and Regulation Reporter, May 1999

Oct 29, 1998 , Marc J. Poster Related Cases
Quan v. Truck Ins. Exchange (1998) 67 Cal.App.4th 583

Insurance coverage suit concerning interpretation of terms in liability policy

Oct 14, 1998 Related Cases
Truck Insurance Exchange v. Stathoulis (1998) 1998 Cal. LEXIS 6867

Duty to defend insureds in trademark cancellation proceedings in which damages could not be awarded

Aug 27, 1998 Related Cases
Quelimane Company v. Stewart Title Guaranty Co. (1998) 19 Cal.4th 26

Amicus brief explaining how title insurance works in unfair competition case involving title insurers

Who We Serve


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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