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Nov 08, 2018 Laurie J. Hepler
GMSR Partner Laurie Hepler Presenting the “Year in Review” at the 59th ADC-NCN Annual Meeting

GMSR’s Laurie Hepler will co-present the “Year in Review” at the 59th Annual Meeting of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada on Thursday, December 6, 2018. Laurie and her co-panelists will review key legal developments in employment, insurance coverage, and government

Oct 12, 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.

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

Dec 21, 2017 Laurie J. Hepler
National Survey on Excess Liability For An Insurer’s Good-Faith Breach Of The Duty to Defend

Based on a brief Laurie wrote for the Nevada Supreme Court, this article in FDCC Insights (December 2017) surveys the law nationwide on whether an insurer’s liability for breaching the duty to defend can exceed policy limits, where there was no bad faith and no

Dec 06, 2017 Laurie J. Hepler
Laurie Hepler offers “Five Core Questions” to consider before any appeal

Error at the trial level isn’t enough.  Appeal is a new and distinct phase of litigation that requires careful consideration of many factors before proceeding.  Partner Laurie Hepler focuses on five core questions in this succinct and practical article, published in the Fall 2017 ADC

Nov 30, 2017 Laurie J. Hepler
Laurie Hepler Presenting at the ADC-NCN Annual Meeting

GMSR’s Laurie Hepler will present “Use It Or Lose It:  Pre-Judgment Appeal and Writ Deadlines,” at the 58th Annual Meeting of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada. This session will teach trial lawyers which adverse orders trigger do-or-die deadlines to seek

Nov 30, 2017 Laurie J. Hepler
GMSR Partners Will Teach Advanced Appellate Topics At Pincus Conferences In S.F. and L.A.

GMSR San Francisco partner Laurie Hepler will present “Appellate Strategy for Repeat Commercial and Institutional Litigants,” at the Pincus Professional Education Third Annual Appellate Conference, at the Hotel Nikko on January 26, 2018.  GMSR Los Angeles partners Kent Richland and Robin Meadow will teach several

Aug 31, 2017 Laurie J. Hepler
GMSR Partner Laurie Hepler Will Present at the Arbitration Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco

Laurie Hepler will present Appeal Rights And Your Arbitration Case at the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF), together with Arbitration Section Chair John Worden.  The date is  September 11, 2017, from 12 to 1:15 pm. Laurie will cover both sides’ rights to appellate review

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects California’s Assertion Of Personal Jurisdiction Over Drugmaker

In Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court (June 19, 2017, Case No. 16-466), the United States Supreme Court has ruled 8-1 that California lacks “specific” personal jurisdiction over a pharmaceutical company, reversing a 4-3 decision last year by the California Supreme Court.  The case arises

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects California’s Assertion Of Personal Jurisdiction Over Drugmaker

In Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court (June 19, 2017, Case No. 16-466), the United States Supreme Court has ruled 8-1 that California lacks “specific” personal jurisdiction over a pharmaceutical company, reversing a 4-3 decision last year by the California Supreme Court.  The case arises

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