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Apr 02, 2019 Alana H. Rotter
GMSR’s Alana Rotter reviews what juror affidavits can—and cannot—establish for post-trial motions

Lawyers often submit juror affidavits in supporting or opposing a new trial motion motions. In a Law360 article, Alana Rotter discusses California’s nuanced admissibility rules for these affidavits. To read the article, click here.

Mar 02, 2019 Alana H. Rotter
GMSR’s Alana Rotter reviews what litigators can do at trial to strengthen an appeal in IMLA Municipal Lawyer

What you do—or don’t do—at trial can doom your appeal before it starts.  In IMLA Municipal Lawyer, Alana Rotter identifies five possible trial traps for litigators, and explains how to avoid falling into them. To read the article, click here.

Feb 26, 2019 Alana H. Rotter
GMSR’s Alana Rotter reviews the standards for getting writ relief in California and federal courts in the abtl Report

Litigants unhappy with an adverse ruling often wonder whether it’s worth filing a writ petition to seek immediate appellate review.  The answer turns in part on the criteria that courts use in deciding which writ petitions to grant.  Alana Rotter describes those criteria in the

Jan 25, 2019 Alana H. Rotter
Alana Rotter reviews the appellate benefits of obtaining a statement of decision after a bench trial, and the process for obtaining one.

The trial court statement of decision process is an important strategic opportunity for appellants to shape the appellate court’s view of the record.  In California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, Alana Rotter offers guidance on navigating the process for maximum benefit. To read the article, click

Nov 14, 2018 Alana H. Rotter
GMSR Partner Alana Rotter Elected to the California Supreme Court Historical Society Board of Directors

GMSR is pleased to announce that partner Alana Rotter was elected to the California Supreme Court Historical Society Board of Directors.  Founded in 1989, the California Supreme Court Historical Society is dedicated to recovering, preserving, and promoting California’s legal and judicial history, with a particular

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

Super Lawyers recognizes seven GMSR appellate attorneys

GMSR appellate attorneys Tim Coates, Bob Olson, Robin Meadow, Marc Poster, Kent Richland, Alana Rotter, and Cindy Tobisman have been named 2018 Southern California Super Lawyers. “Super Lawyers” are nominated by their peers and vetted by the research team at Super Lawyers.  Only five percent of

Nov 13, 2017 Alana H. Rotter
When is your notice of appeal due? Alana Rotter explains a new U.S. Supreme Court decision on extensions for filing appeals in federal court.

The Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure permit federal district courts to extend the deadline for filing a notice of appeal.  But what happens when the court grants a longer extension than the rules allow?  Alana Rotter discusses the United States Supreme Court’s recent answer in

Anti-SLAPP motions in probate? Alana Rotter explains a new decision applying the anti-SLAPP statute to petitions to enforce a no-contest clause.

Litigators are used to seeing anti-SLAPP motions in civil cases.  But a new California Court of Appeal decision highlights that anti-SLAPP motions are also an option in the probate context, to challenge a petition to enforce a will or trust’s no-contest clause.  Alana Rotter discusses

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