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GMSR Partners Timothy Coates and Alana Rotter Presenting at the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s Annual Conference

GMSR is proud to sponsor and speak at the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s (IMLA) 83rd Annual Conference in Houston, Texas from October 17-21, 2018.  IMLA serves the needs of attorneys representing governmental entities across a broad spectrum of practices. This year, GMSR managing partner Timothy Coates,

Seven GMSR Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 Edition for Appellate Practice, Insurance Law, Trust & Estates, & Bet-the-Company Litigation

Seven of GMSR’s appellate attorneys been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019.  Multiple GMSR appellate attorneys have been recognized nationally with top rankings for Appellate Litigation for more than a decade.  Adding to the firm’s rankings, Robin Meadow is

Aug 27, 2018 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.

Aug 15, 2018 Timothy T. Coates
GMSR Managing Partner Timothy Coates Returns to Present at the League of California Cities® 2018 Annual Conference

GMSR’s Timothy Coates will be speaking at the League of California Cities® 2018 Annual Conference. This year’s conference will be held September 12 – 14, 2018 in Long Beach, California at the Long Beach Convention Center. This year, Tim will return to present the session Municipal

Jul 30, 2018 Cynthia E. Tobisman
GMSR Lawyer Wins Top National Prize For Legal Fiction

GMSR partner Cindy Tobisman has won the 2018 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction with Proof, beating Scott Turow and Lisa Scottoline. The prize is given annually by the ABA Journal and the University of Alabama School of Law each year to a novel-length work of fiction

GMSR Sponsoring and Presenting at the PCI Western Region General Counsel Seminar

GMSR is proud to again sponsor the PCI Western Region General Counsel Seminar in San Diego, California.  On Thursday, July 26, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., GMSR’s Gary Wax and David Hackett will present, “Stop controlling me!” – a practical discussion for employers, insurers, and insureds

Jun 11, 2018 Kent L. Richland
Profiles in IP Law—An Interview with Kent L. Richland: Founding Partner, Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP

In a recent interview with Landslide, the official publication of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, GMSR founding partner Kent Richland was asked to discuss the US Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Oil States case.  The focus of the interview is on the

Gary Wax and David Hackett Selected to the 2018 Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Stars List

Super Lawyers has once again named GMSR appellate lawyers Gary Wax and David Hackett to its list of 2018 Southern California Rising Stars. Gary and David, who were classmates at Loyola Law School, have been included on the list for several years. No more than 2.5

May 30, 2018
GMSR to Attend and Sponsor the Beverly Hills Bar Association 64th Annual Supreme Court Luncheon

GMSR once again is proud to attend and be a Scholarship Donor at the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s annual luncheon honoring the Justices of the California Supreme Court. For sixty-four years, the Beverly Hills Bar Association has honored the Justices of the California Supreme Court. It’s

Chambers And Partners USA Again Ranks GMSR And Two Of Its Partners “Band 1”

GMSR has once again been ranked Band 1 in California for Litigation: Appellate Law by Chambers and Partners USA—one of only three firms to achieve that ranking.   Senior partners Kent Richland and Robin Meadow are both again ranked Band 1, comprising half of that short

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Whether on appeal, assisting trial counsel, or advising government officials contemplating legislative action, GMSR provides unique insight into the complex laws that impact public entities.

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