News & Publications

Apr 20, 2020
International Municipal Lawyers Association’s Mid-Year Seminar Proceeding as Virtual Event

GMSR Managing Partner Tim Coates will present virtually on April 23 as part of International Municipal Lawyers Association’s Mid-Year Seminar. His presentation addresses strategies for limiting attorney fee exposure through early case evaluation and settlement offers, and preparing effective opposition to fee motions.

Mar 01, 2020 Robin Meadow
GMSR’s Robin Meadow co-authors articles explaining the ins and outs of statements of decision

Trial lawyers frequently misunderstand the appeal-focused purpose of the statement of decision that usually follows a bench trial. Robin has co-authored two articles for the ABTL Report that aim to provide practical guidance. In the first article, published in February 2019, Robin and his co-author

Feb 21, 2020 Ellie S. Ruth
“Man on Wire”: Navigating the pitfalls of expert testimony, Daily Journal (February 21, 2020)
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,

Dec 09, 2019 Timothy T. Coates
Tim Coates appointed California State Co-Chair for the International Municipal Lawyers Association

(LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, December 9, 2019) Tim Coates, Managing Partner at the appellate law firm of Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP, headquartered in Los Angeles, was appointed Co-Chair of the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s California State Region. The International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) confirmed

Oct 30, 2019 Laurie J. Hepler
Laurie Hepler – Contributing Editor, Cal. Practice Guide: Civil Appeals and Writs (The Rutter Group)

In 2019, Laurie Hepler became Contributing Editor for the leading appellate treatise in California, Civil Appeals & Writs, published by The Rutter Group. Civil Appeals and Writs helps both litigators and appellate specialists represent clients in civil appeals and writs in California state courts. This

Oct 03, 2019 Feris M. Greenberger
Feris M. Greenberger, GMSR appellate lawyer and Treasurer of the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation, reviews a recent book that offers judges’ insights on tough decisions they have made.

Feris M. Greenberger, GMSR appellate lawyer and Treasurer of the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation, reviews a recent book that offers judges’ insights on tough decisions they have made.

Aug 23, 2019 Robin Meadow
The ABTL Report, Co-Edited By GMSR Partner Robin Meadow, Presents A Comprehensive Analysis Of Civility.

“As an officer of the court, I will strive to conduct myself at all times with dignity, courtesy and integrity.” —California Attorney Oath, effective May 2014 Most older lawyers probably don’t know that civility is now a requirement imposed by the Attorney Oath.  Nor do

Aug 23, 2019 Cynthia E. Tobisman
Cindy Tobisman will speak at SCG Legal’s Annual Meeting and 30th Anniversary Celebration

Cindy Tobisman will be the featured banquet speaker on September 5, 2019 at SCG Legal’s annual meeting and 30th anniversary celebration in Washington DC. SCG Legal is an association of 140+ law firms serving businesses in all 50 U.S. states and around the world.  In

Nine GMSR attorneys recognized in The Best Lawyers In America© 2020 Edition for Appellate Practice, Insurance Law, Trust & Estates, & Bet-the-Company Litigation

Nine of GMSR’s appellate attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020.  Multiple GMSR appellate attorneys have been recognized nationally with top rankings for Appellate Litigation for more than a decade.  Adding to the firm’s Appellate rankings,

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