News & Publications

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 16, 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

Jun 19, 2017 Laurie J. Hepler
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

Three GMSR Attorneys Selected to the 2017 Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Stars List

Super Lawyers has named GMSR appellate lawyers Alana Rotter, Gary Wax, and David Hackett to its list of 2017 Southern California Rising Stars.  Alana and Gary have been included on the list for several years, and GMSR is proud to have David join them for

Jun 05, 2017 Alana H. Rotter
Alana Rotter offers tips on what defense lawyers need to know about anti-SLAPP appeals

Anti-SLAPP motions are a popular way to nip lawsuits in the bud, both in state court and in federal court cases that involve state law claims.  But different rules govern the appealability of anti-SLAPP rulings in state and federal court, and the federal rules are

GMSR Receives Top Rankings for 2017 from Chambers and Partners USA

GMSR once again has been ranked Band 1 in California for Litigation: Appellate Law by Chambers and Partners USA, one of only three firms to receive that ranking.  Additionally, partners Kent Richland and Robin Meadow both received top rankings (Band 1) in California, among a

May 22, 2017 Alana H. Rotter
Alana Rotter Admitted to the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers

GMSR is proud to announce that partner Alana Rotter has become a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers (CAAL).  Academy membership is limited to highly experienced and skilled appellate lawyers in California.  To be considered, a candidate must have a minimum of ten

May 05, 2017 Robin Meadow
The National Law Journal Designates GMSR partner Robin Meadow as a “Trailblazer”

GMSR partner Robin Meadow has once again been recognized for his role as the petitioners’ counsel in Estate of Duke (2015) 61 Cal.4th 871.  He previously received the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award.  Now, the National Law Journal has designated Robin as

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