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May 02, 2023 Laura Lim Civil Procedure
VERDICT Magazine, Backdoor Attorney Fees: Costs-of-Proof Awards

Code of Civil Procedure section 2033.420, allows the requesting party to recover its costs of proof—including potentially substantial attorney fees—when the other side unreasonably denies requests for admissions and the requesting party proves the truth of those matters at trial.  In the latest issue of

Apr 27, 2023 Marco Pulido
GMSR sends a warm welcome to its newest appellate lawyer, Marco Pulido

Before joining GMSR, Marco worked at a large, international law firm where he successfully litigated both trial and appellate cases. Marco honed much of his skillset while serving for two years as a federal judicial law clerk for the Hon. Bruce J. McGiverin and externing for

In Case You Missed It: Civil Law Highlights from the Past Year

Interested in learning about California’s most significant civil appellate decisions from the past year? Three appellate lawyers from Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland will present recent civil case highlights in a FREE online program this Monday, March 20, at 12:30 PM.  Grab your lunch, log

Mar 14, 2023 Robert A. Olson
Bob Olson published in Daily Journal: “On Judgments”

In today’s Daily Journal, GMSR’s Bob Olson writes that a recent case currently pending before the California Supreme Court—Meinhart v. City of Sunnyvale (2022) 76 Cal.App.5th 43—”highlights the confusion in California law as to what is or is not a judgment.” To clear up this

Feb 15, 2023 John Metzidis
GMSR Bolsters Associate Ranks With Seasoned Litigator John Metzidis

GMSR warmly welcomes new associate John Metzidis. John joins GMSR after spending more than a decade as a litigator, first at a large firm and later at a litigation boutique.  During that time, John tried cases, took depositions, and drafted complex briefs in trial and

Contact Bob Olson or David Hackett for 2022 Year in Review materials

Hopefully, you were able to watch Bob Olson’s and David Hackett’s presentation this morning reviewing the most important civil cases decided in California in 2022. We’ve been told that people use the written materials throughout the year as a research tool. If you missed the presentation

Jan 24, 2023
Bob Olson and David Hackett will review the past year of appellate decisions impacting civil defense and insurance claims on February 9, 2023

Please join Greines, Martin, Stein and Richland partners Bob Olson and David Hackett at the J.W. Marriott L.A. Live for the 62nd Annual Seminar of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel.  In their “Year in Review” presentation, they will discuss new California and federal

Jan 12, 2023 Laurie J. Hepler
Appellate Success in California

“Appellate Success in California” — A monthly dose of quick, practical appellate tips.  Laurie began the series in 2009 for her clients and friends, and since 2016 has co-written it with GMSR partner Alana Rotter.  Read the latest here.

Ten GMSR Lawyers Named Southern California Super Lawyers

Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP is pleased to announce that Super Lawyers has recognized ten of its lawyers as top-rated appellate attorneys in Southern California for 2023: Kent Richland, Robin Meadow, Bob Olson, Tim Coates, Cindy Tobisman, Ted Xanders, Alana Rotter, Jeff Raskin, David

Dec 21, 2022 Joseph Bui, Jeffrey Gurrola
Two GMSR Associate Attorneys Elevated To Counsel

In recognition and appreciation of Joseph Bui’s and Jeffrey Gurrola’s significant appellate skills, experience and dedication to our clients, we are pleased to announce that they have been elevated to Counsel. It’s been an outstanding year for both attorneys: Joseph helped secure published wins for

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