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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

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

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

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