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GMSR Partners Tim Coates & Nadia Sarkis To Receive IMLA’s 2022 Amicus Service Award

Later this week, GMSR partners Tim Coates and Nadia Sarkis will receive an Amicus Service Award at the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s (IMLA’s) mid-year conference in Washington, D.C. to recognize their legal advocacy in protecting and advancing local government interests. They are receiving the award

Celebrating Women – Women’s History Month
Feb 10, 2022 Nadia A. Sarkis
Seeking Amicus Support?  GMSR Partner, Nadia Sarkis, Co-Chairs The Amicus Briefs Committee Of The Women Lawyers Association Of Los Angeles (WLALA).

If you are interested in having WLALA file an amicus brief in your case, please contact Nadia Sarkis directly: WLALA’s Amicus Brief Committee evaluates cases raising legal and public policy issues affecting women.  WLALA’s mission “is to promote the full participation in the legal

Jan 22, 2022 Nadia A. Sarkis, Joseph Bui
Insider Tips On Drafting Effective Petitions For Review

In case you missed the recent presentation by GMSR partner Nadia Sarkis, former California Supreme Court Justice, Ming W. Chin, and other insiders who gave helpful tips on drafting effective petitions for review, here are some takeaway highlights: Drafting Petitions for Review The most important

Dec 14, 2021 Nadia A. Sarkis
Jan 12 MCLE Event: Get Tips From Supreme Court Insiders And Practitioners On Effective Petitions For Review And Amicus Briefs

Get tips from Supreme Court insiders and practitioners on effective petitions for review and amicus briefs, in a January 12 panel organized by GMSR’s Nadia Sarkis. Just in time for the MCLE deadline! WLALA Amicus Committee Presents Attracting Attention: How To Write Effective Petitions For

GMSR Files Amicus Brief Defending Municipalities’ Efforts To Manage E-scooters

Supporting municipalities’ ability to collect electronic scooter data as part of regulating the urban landscape, GMSR prepared an amicus brief for the Open Mobility Foundation in Sanchez v. Los Angeles Department of Transportation.  Our brief provides case stories of municipalities’ successful use of tailored data

Oct 12, 2021 Nadia A. Sarkis
GMSR’s Nadia Sarkis Elevated To Partner

Greines, Martin, Stein and Richland is pleased to announce that Nadia Sarkis has become the firm’s newest partner. Nadia has successfully prosecuted and defended numerous appeals in California and federal courts, focusing on civil rights litigation, employment, and municipal liability. Those efforts have resulted in

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 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

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