News & Publications

“A ‘clear and convincing’ appellate standard,” Daily Journal (August 4, 2020)

Daily Journal “A ‘clear and convincing’ appellate standard” article by GMSR appellate lawyers Robert Olson and Ted Xanders. In a recent opinion, the California Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision authored by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, resolved over a century of uncertainty over how appellate

Super Lawyers recognizes ten GMSR appellate lawyers

GMSR is pleased to announce that Super Lawyers has recognized ten of its lawyers as top rated appellate attorneys for 2020.  Tim Coates, Laurie Hepler, Robin Meadow, Bob Olson, Marc Poster, Kent Richland, Alana Rotter, Cindy Tobisman, and Ted Xanders are recognized as Super Lawyers,

GMSR Ranked as a Top Law Firm for Appellate Litigation in California by Chambers and Partners USA

Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland (GMSR) is proud to announce that Chambers and Partners USA, which bases its reports on legal industry and client feedback, continues to recognize GMSR for its excellence in appellate litigation. The firm is one of only three ranked in Band 1. 

Apr 22, 2020
Trial Court Statutory Filing Deadlines During The Pandemic

View Document            There is no “business as usual” these days. Many California courts are open only for emergency functions, creating confusion if you have a statutory filing deadline. The stakes are high for jurisdictional deadlines, such as a notice of appeal or notice of intent

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 03, 2019
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.

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