Professional Malfeasance

GMSR has successfully represented lawyers, accountants, trustees, and other professionals accused of a wide range of malfeasance, and we are intimately familiar the ins and outs of appeals from anti-SLAPP proceedings.

Hansen v. Hilton & Hyland (Oct. 21, 2021, B305592) 2021 WL 4899199 [nonpublished opinion]

A flood damaged a home while it was in escrow.  The real estate agent, representing both the buyer and the sellers, drafted an addendum to the purchase agreement to address how repairs would be made and paid for by the sellers’ insurance carrier.  After the

Court of Appeal Affirms Summary Judgment For Broker And Agent On Claim Arising From Home Sellers’ Misconduct

A flood damaged a home while it was in escrow.  The real estate agent, representing both the buyer and the sellers, drafted an addendum to the purchase agreement to address how repairs would be made and paid for by the sellers’ insurance carrier.  After the

Jolie v. Superior Court (2021) 66 Cal.App.5th 1025

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s ongoing divorce proceeding has been handled by a party-compensated private judge sitting as a Los Angeles Superior Court judge.  Such judges have an ongoing obligation to disclose new paid engagements with counsel representing either side.  After several rounds of such

Court Of Appeal Rules For GMSR Client Angelina Jolie, Holding That A Private Judge Violated A Continuing Obligation To Disclose New Matters Involving Counsel Representing Jolie’s Ex-husband Brad Pitt

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s ongoing divorce proceeding has been handled by a party-compensated private judge sitting as a Los Angeles Superior Court judge.  Such judges have an ongoing obligation to disclose new paid engagements with counsel representing either side.  After several rounds of such

GMSR wins a published decision for our tech-executive client, following his win at trial against a deceitful real estate agent

GMSR wins a published decision for our tech-executive client, following his win at trial against a deceitful real estate agent.  The agent’s appeal conceded liability for misleading our client into a major purchase-renovation deal on false pretenses—but he attacked all the remedies.  He said the

Moore v. Teed (2020) 48 Cal.App.5th 280

GMSR won a published decision for our tech-executive client, following his win at trial against a deceitful real estate agent.  The agent’s appeal conceded liability for misleading our client into a major purchase-renovation deal on false pretenses—but he attacked all the remedies.  He said the

O’Gara Coach Co., LLC v. Ra (2019) 30 Cal.App.5th 1115

Before he became an attorney, the principal attorney in the law firm now representing a former employee against his employer was the employer’s president and chief operating officer.  He supervised outside attorneys conducting an investigation of the conduct that led to the employee’s dismissal.  The

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP v. J-M Manufacturing Company, Inc. (2018) 6 Cal.5th 59

A large law firm, Sheppard Mullin, had for many years provided advice to a client on an as-needed basis. Sheppard then undertook the defense of a new client, J-M, in a suit brought by the longtime client. Sheppard never disclosed the conflict to either client.

GMSR obtains reversal of summary judgment against its client

Michelson v. Proskauer Rose, LLP, 2016 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 4701. GMSR’s client sued a law firm for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and legal malpractice, based upon the firm’s issuance of opinion letters regarding purportedly tax-advantaged investments that the Internal Revenue Service later determined were

Michelson v. Proskauer Rose, LLP (June 24, 2016, B259013) 2016 WL 3575243 [nonpublished opinion]

GMSR’s client sued a law firm for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and legal malpractice, based upon the firm’s issuance of opinion letters regarding purportedly tax-advantaged investments that the Internal Revenue Service later determined were illegal. GMSR’s client asserted the attorney-client privilege as to his

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