News & Publications

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

Apr 26, 2017 Laurie J. Hepler
SCOTUS Hears Specific-Jurisdiction Case From California

No clear leaning emerges from a review of the April 25 U.S. Supreme Court argument in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California. The “specific” personal jurisdiction issue presented:  whether a defendant can be sued in a state court for injury claims that would be

Mar 15, 2017 Laurie J. Hepler
Roger J. Traynor California Appellate Moot Court Competition

GMSR partner Laurie Hepler will help judge the Roger J. Traynor California Appellate Moot Court Competition on April 1 at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, in Sacramento.  The Traynor Moot Court is a nationally recognized competition developed and conducted by the

Mar 03, 2017 Laurie J. Hepler
Laurie Hepler becomes GMSR’s second partner to hold FDCC membership

GMSR is proud to congratulate partner Laurie Hepler on becoming the firm’s second partner selected for membership in the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel.  FDCC membership is by election only.  Nominated attorneys must have achieved professional distinction, and must enjoy the respect of opposing

Tips: Critical New Trial Motion Deadlines, Daily Journal (February 27, 2017)

There are many deadlines to keep track of when moving for a new trial.  Which ones are jurisdictional, such that missing them will automatically result in the Court of Appeal reversing the grant of a new trial?  Laurie Hepler and Alana Rotter provide an overview

Mar 15, 2016 Laurie J. Hepler
GMSR expands to San Francisco and adds its newest partner, Laurie Hepler

GMSR is excited to announce that it will be expanding beyond its Los Angeles headquarters and opening a second office in San Francisco on April 1st, 2016. The addition of the new San Francisco office will support the firm’s growth strategy and enhance its accessibility

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