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Join us virtually on July 27 at the American Property Casualty Insurance Association’s Western Region General Counsel Conference

GMSR celebrates its 8th year as a sponsor of the American Property Casualty Insurance Association’s Western Region General Counsel Conference. On July 27th, Gary Wax and David Hackett will present the webinar “Keeping the Lid on Policy,” where they will discuss short-fuse policy-limits demands often

Jun 11, 2021
GMSR offices will be closed on June 18th to commemorate Juneteenth

Juneteenth is now an official holiday at GMSR. We will commemorate Juneteenth this year by closing our office on Friday, June 18. One hundred fifty-six years ago, the Emancipation Proclamation – which had been issued by President Lincoln two and a half years earlier –

Jun 10, 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.

May 05, 2021 Kent L. Richland
GMSR’s Kent Richland authors article on crafting appellate jurisdiction without artifice

Kent Richland’s article Crafting Appellate Jurisdiction Without Artifice discusses the law surrounding, and strategy concerning, appeal of a judgment where the trial court has disposed of the plaintiff’s major claims, leaving only minor claims alive for trial. To read the article, originally published in the

May 05, 2021 Robin Meadow
Robin Meadow participating in panel on appellate oral argument techniques

Appellate Oral Argument: Creating the Presentation, Weighing the Precedential Impact, Preparing for Rebuttal Thursday, May 20, 2021 1:00pm-2:30pm EDT, 10:00am-11:30am PDT A Strafford Live 90-minute CLE Video Webinar This CLE webinar will provide appellate counsel with techniques for persuading appellate judges during oral argument, with

IMLA Honors Tim Coates and Nadia Sarkis With Amicus Service Award

GMSR appellate attorneys Tim Coates and Nadia Sarkis were recognized today with the Amicus Service Award from the International Municipal Lawyers Association.  The award seeks to recognize lawyers who have been actively involved in legal advocacy for and on behalf of local governments and IMLA,

IMLA Mid-Year Seminar: April 19th Session Featuring Helpful Civil Rights Cases

Join us on Monday 4/19/2021 at 2:30PM Eastern Time for the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s Mid-Year Seminar Section 1983 session presented by Ted Xanders and Nadia Sarkis: “Getting Younger — A Guide To Abstention, Rooker-Feldman, And Other Defenses To Federal Civil Rights Actions That We

On Feb 18, join IMLA webinar “Coming Attractions: Open Issues in Civil Rights Litigation Ripe for Supreme Court Review” presented by GMSR Partner Tim Coates

Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm GMT-5 International Municipal Lawyers Association Litigation Webinar — Coming Attractions: Open Issues in Civil Rights Litigation Ripe for Supreme Court Review GMSR Partner Tim Coates will present a discussion of the surprising number of significant

Jan 22, 2021

For nearly a year, a worldwide pandemic has forced many of us to work remotely.  But our court “appearances”—now exclusively via video—have not slowed down.  In fact, we present about one remote appellate argument every week, on average.  Appearing remotely has become an important part

GMSR’s Jeff Raskin authors article on using public policy against arbitration

Countless published cases invoke California’s public policy in favor of arbitration to justify everything from expansive interpretation of arbitration agreements to the extremely narrow scope of judicial review of arbitration awards. Less well-known are two doctrines that allow parties to use public policy against arbitration,

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