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Ted Xanders And Nadia Sarkis To Present On Amicus Briefs In Trial And Appellate Courts, On October 1st At The International Municipal Lawyers Association Annual Conference

In both federal and state lawsuits, amicus briefs supporting a municipality can help garner victory for the public entity and help shape favorable precedent for other cases. Join GMSR appellate attorneys Nadia Sarkis and Ted Xanders at the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s Annual Conference on

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

“A ‘clear and convincing’ appellate standard,” Daily Journal (August 4, 2020)

Daily Journal “A ‘clear and convincing’ appellate standard” article by GMSR appellate lawyers Robert Olson and Ted Xanders. In a recent opinion, the California Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision authored by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, resolved over a century of uncertainty over how appellate

Super Lawyers recognizes ten GMSR appellate lawyers

GMSR is pleased to announce that Super Lawyers has recognized ten of its lawyers as top rated appellate attorneys for 2020.  Tim Coates, Laurie Hepler, Robin Meadow, Bob Olson, Marc Poster, Kent Richland, Alana Rotter, Cindy Tobisman, and Ted Xanders are recognized as Super Lawyers,

GMSR’s Ted Xanders and Nadia Sarkis discuss tactics for combating inflated non-economic tort damages in IMLA Municipal Lawyer

In a two-part series published in IMLA Municipal Lawyer, entitled “Reptiles, Picassos, and Stealth Bombers: Combating Inflated Non-economic Tort Damages,” Ted Xanders and Nadia Sarkis discuss various tips for combating tactics that plaintiffs’ lawyers are using in personal-injury actions to increase non-economic damages.  Part One,

GMSR partner Ted Xanders admitted to the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers

GMSR is proud to announce that partner Ted Xanders has been elected 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

Is The Pendergrass Rule Greener On The Other Side?: The Need For Strict Limits On Promissory Fraud Claims After Riverisland.

GMSR partner Ted Xanders provides an in-depth look at the myriad promissory fraud issues that remain unresolved after Riverisland Cold Storage, Inc. v. Fresno-Madera Production Credit Association, 291 P.3d 316 (Cal. 2013) (Riverisland) abrogated the Pendergrass rule.  The Pendergrass rule had barred evidence of fraudulent

GMSR to Host DRI Appellate Advocacy Committee Webinar

GMSR will host a free DRI webinar—approved for California MCLE credit—on making effective use of appellate counsel at trial.  The presentation, “Appellate Counsel at Trial:  Protecting the Record and Putting Your Best Foot Forward,” is geared toward trial and appellate lawyers, as well as litigation

GMSR at the LA Law Library: Appellate Law MCLE Series

GMSR has partnered with the LA Law Library to offer the legal community a four-part MCLE series on appellate law.  Ted Xanders and Gary Wax will address the importance of post-judgment motions.  For additional information, please follow the link in the course title below. MCLE:

2016 Bi-Annual Law Firm Management Seminar

Join GMSR partners Cindy Tobisman and Ted Xanders at the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel’s ‘2016 Bi-Annual Law Firm Management Seminar.’ Attendees will participate in interactive discussions regarding the business of managing a law firm. For more information, click here.

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