News & Publications

Nov 11, 2021 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.

Oct 25, 2021
GMSR Is Now Accepting Applications To Be Our 2022-2024 Appellate Fellow

Third-year law students: We’re hiring! GMSR is now accepting applications to serve as an Appellate Fellow in our Los Angeles office. The position is for a two-year term, starting in the fall of 2022. This is a rare opportunity for recent graduates to actively work

Oct 15, 2021 Stefan Caris Love
Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland Welcomes Stefan Caris Love

Stefan clerked for Judge Paul J. Watford at the Ninth Circuit prior to joining GMSR. As a clerk, he honed his writing skills and saw up close how judges decide cases. He has also worked as a litigator at a large firm, where he analyzed

Oct 12, 2021 Nadia A. Sarkis
GMSR’s Nadia Sarkis Elevated To Partner

Greines, Martin, Stein and Richland is pleased to announce that Nadia Sarkis has become the firm’s newest partner. Nadia has successfully prosecuted and defended numerous appeals in California and federal courts, focusing on civil rights litigation, employment, and municipal liability. Those efforts have resulted in

Bob Olson And Ellie Ruth Will Present Appellate Decisions Impacting Civil Defense And Insurance Claims On September 29th.

ASCDC’s Annual Year in Review will feature the 2020-2021 California and Federal appellate decisions that are most important to the civil defense bar and insurance claims personnel. On September 29th, please join GMSR appellate attorneys Bob Olson and Ellie Ruth virtually for Part 1 of

GMSR’s Alana Rotter Authors Article On Appellate Stays

Alana Rotter’s article Hitting the Pause Button: Stays Pending Appeal offers practical guidance on how to stay judgment enforcement pending appeal.  The article explains which types of orders and judgments are automatically stayed, options for obtaining a non-automatic stay, and the timing for getting a

Ted Xanders And Nadia Sarkis To Present On Amicus Briefs In Trial And Appellate Courts, On October 1st At The International Municipal Lawyers Association Annual Conference

In both federal and state lawsuits, amicus briefs supporting a municipality can help garner victory for the public entity and help shape favorable precedent for other cases. Join GMSR appellate attorneys Nadia Sarkis and Ted Xanders at the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s Annual Conference on

Sep 15, 2021
GMSR Launches Appellate Fellowship Program

Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland welcomes Tina Kuang as its first Appellate Fellow. GMSR’s new Appellate Fellowship program offers recent law school graduates an opportunity to explore an interest in appellate advocacy and to begin developing an appellate practice early in their careers. Tina comes

Alana Rotter To Present On Anti-SLAPP Motions In Probate Litigation, At A September 13 LACBA Symposium

Anti-SLAPP motions are increasingly prevalent in probate litigation.  Join GMSR appellate attorney Alana Rotter at the Los Angeles County Bar Association Trusts & Estates Section annual symposium on September 13, 2021, to learn more about how these motions work and how to respond to them.

GMSR Appellate Lawyers Recognized By Best Lawyers And U.S. News & World Report

Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland is pleased to announce that the peer-reviewed The Best Lawyers in America© continues to honor GMSR lawyers for excellence in appellate law. Tim Coates, Laurie Hepler, Robin Meadow, Robert Olson, Marc Poster, Kent Richland, Alana Rotter and Cindy Tobisman were

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