News & Publications

Mar 02, 2019 Alana H. Rotter
GMSR’s Alana Rotter reviews what litigators can do at trial to strengthen an appeal in IMLA Municipal Lawyer

What you do—or don’t do—at trial can doom your appeal before it starts.  In IMLA Municipal Lawyer, Alana Rotter identifies five possible trial traps for litigators, and explains how to avoid falling into them. To read the article, click here.

Mar 01, 2019 Robin Meadow
GMSR’s Robin Meadow co-authors article explaining the ins and outs of statements of decision

Trial lawyers and sometimes even judges misunderstand the appellate purpose of the statement of decision that usually follows a bench trial.  In this first of two articles, Robin and his co-author explain what statements of decision are all about, including why the losing party wants one

Feb 26, 2019 Alana H. Rotter
GMSR’s Alana Rotter reviews the standards for getting writ relief in California and federal courts in the abtl Report

Litigants unhappy with an adverse ruling often wonder whether it’s worth filing a writ petition to seek immediate appellate review.  The answer turns in part on the criteria that courts use in deciding which writ petitions to grant.  Alana Rotter describes those criteria in the

Jan 25, 2019 Alana H. Rotter
Alana Rotter reviews the appellate benefits of obtaining a statement of decision after a bench trial, and the process for obtaining one.

The trial court statement of decision process is an important strategic opportunity for appellants to shape the appellate court’s view of the record.  In California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, Alana Rotter offers guidance on navigating the process for maximum benefit. To read the article, click

Jan 18, 2019 David E. Hackett
GMSR’s David Hackett Elevated to Partner

Greines, Martin, Stein and Richland LLP (GMSR) is pleased to announce that David Hackett has become the firm’s newest partner.  Before joining GMSR, David was an associate at Latham & Watkins LLP and a law clerk to Judge Alfred T. Goodwin of the U.S. Court

Nov 15, 2018 Gary J. Wax
SANCHEZ : Two Years Later

Gary Wax’s article published in the Summer/Fall 2018 ABTL Report explores how courts have been applying the California Supreme Court’s limitation on expert testimony announced in People v. Sanchez (2016) 63 Cal.4th 665. Before Sanchez, litigants used expert testimony to present otherwise inadmissible hearsay evidence

Nov 14, 2018 Alana H. Rotter
GMSR Partner Alana Rotter Elected to the California Supreme Court Historical Society Board of Directors

GMSR is pleased to announce that partner Alana Rotter was elected to the California Supreme Court Historical Society Board of Directors.  Founded in 1989, the California Supreme Court Historical Society is dedicated to recovering, preserving, and promoting California’s legal and judicial history, with a particular

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 16, 2018 Robert A. Olson
GMSR Partner Robert Olson To Speak About Arbitration At A LACBA Appellate Courts Section Program

GMSR partner Robert Olson will be a panelist at the upcoming LA County Bar Association’s Appellate Courts Section program, “Arbitration: A Favored Process?” on October 18, 2018, at 4:30 pm.  The panel will discuss arbitration under federal and state law, reasons for using arbitration, the perceived risk

GMSR Partners Timothy Coates and Alana Rotter Presenting at the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s Annual Conference

GMSR is proud to sponsor and speak at the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s (IMLA) 83rd Annual Conference in Houston, Texas from October 17-21, 2018.  IMLA serves the needs of attorneys representing governmental entities across a broad spectrum of practices. This year, GMSR managing partner Timothy Coates,

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