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Dec 06, 2017 Laurie J. Hepler
Laurie Hepler offers “Five Core Questions” to consider before any appeal.

Error at the trial level isn’t enough.  Appeal is a new and distinct phase of litigation that requires careful consideration of many factors before proceeding.  Partner Laurie Hepler focuses on five core questions in this succinct and practical article, published in the Fall 2017 ADC

Nov 13, 2017 Alana H. Rotter
When is your notice of appeal due? Alana Rotter explains a new U.S. Supreme Court decision on extensions for filing appeals in federal court.

The Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure permit federal district courts to extend the deadline for filing a notice of appeal.  But what happens when the court grants a longer extension than the rules allow?  Alana Rotter discusses the United States Supreme Court’s recent answer in

Nov 03, 2017 Robin Meadow
Partner Robin Meadow Featured in The Best Lawyers® magazine

GMSR partner Robin Meadow is the Best Lawyers® Appellate Practice ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in Los Angeles for the second time, having also been recognized in 2013.  He’s also featured in an article in the latest issue of Best Lawyers®, where he notes the value

Anti-SLAPP motions in probate? Alana Rotter explains a new decision applying the anti-SLAPP statute to petitions to enforce a no-contest clause.

Litigators are used to seeing anti-SLAPP motions in civil cases.  But a new California Court of Appeal decision highlights that anti-SLAPP motions are also an option in the probate context, to challenge a petition to enforce a will or trust’s no-contest clause.  Alana Rotter discusses

Oct 11, 2017 Marc J. Poster
Marc Poster reports on a new warp-speed appellate process that presents traps for the unwary in certain elder abuse cases.

Elder abuse claims have proliferated.  In the Summer 2017 ABTL Report, Marc Poster discusses new legislation that presents potential traps for the unwary appellant when the trial court denies a motion to compel arbitration of an elder abuse case that has been granted a trial

Aug 17, 2017
Eight GMSR Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018—Partner Robin Meadow Named Best Lawyers® 2018 Appellate Practice ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in Los Angeles.

Eight GMSR attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018. Multiple GMSR attorneys have been named to Best Lawyers® every year for more than a decade; Alana Rotter joins the list this year for the first time.  Additionally, partner

Jul 28, 2017 Cynthia E. Tobisman
GMSR Partner and Novelist Cindy Tobisman’s Latest Legal Thriller, ‘Proof,’ Garners Attention

Cindy’s latest novel, ‘Proof’ (published by Thomas & Mercer, 2017), is her second legal thriller to be published. It has received attention from Above The Law, a prominent online publication dedicated to the legal profession. As noted by Above The Law, Cindy uses her knowledge of

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

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

Alana Rotter and Cindy Tobisman warn what lawyers should avoid when voluntarily dismissing claims to hasten appellate review

After a significant adverse ruling, lawyers may attempt to hasten appellate review by stipulating to voluntarily dismiss the remaining claims and have judgment entered.  But not all stipulated dismissals will result in an appealable judgment.  In the Spring 2017 ABTL Report, Alana Rotter and Cindy

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