News & Publications

Our team is at the forefront as the law develops—publishing, presenting, and receiving recognitions for our contributions. Read up on recent firm news here.

GMSR’s Bob Olson & Ellie Ruth To Present “A YEAR IN REVIEW” – Case Highlights of 2021

This Thursday, March 17, GMSR appellate attorneys Bob Olson and Ellie Ruth will present IN PERSON at the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel’s 61st Annual Seminar: “A Year in Review” — Case Highlights of 2021 In their 90-minute presentation, Bob and Ellie will identify

Mar 05, 2022
GMSR Sponsors The Bet Tzedek Annual Dinner Gala

For the 19th year, GMSR is proud to co-sponsor Bet Tzedek’s Annual Dinner Gala, which is being held at the Fairmont Century Plaza on March 10.  GMSR attorneys look forward to attending this event in person—and hopefully seeing you there! Bet Tzedek provides high quality

Feb 19, 2022 Laura Lim
Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland Welcomes Laura Lim

Before joining GMSR, Laura was a research attorney for Justice John S. Wiley Jr. at the California Court of Appeal and a law clerk for Judge George H. Wu in the Central District of California.  In those positions, Laura analyzed a wide range of complex

Laying Foundation For Appellate Success In The Trial Court – Trusts & Estates Litigators

In case you missed GMSR partner Alana Rotter’s recent presentation on how trusts and estates litigators can lay foundation in the trial court for future appellate success, here are some key takeaways: Create a Clear Record Have a court reporter transcribe all significant proceedings If

GMSR Partner, Gary Wax, Named Co-Editor Of The ABTL Report

GMSR partner, Gary Wax, has been elected to the board of the Los Angeles Chapter of The Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL), and named co-editor of the ABTL Report.  If you are an ABTL member, and you are looking for an outlet to publish

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

Feb 01, 2022 Alana H. Rotter
Laying The Foundation For Appellate Success: Tips For T&E Litigators (BHBA on Zoom)

Don’t miss the upcoming February 15 CLE webinar—presented by GMSR partner Alana Rotter—to learn invaluable tips on how to avoid traps that can doom an appeal before it begins. Topics will include: creating a clear record, preserving evidentiary issues, navigating the statement of decision process,

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

Nine GMSR Lawyers Named California Super Lawyers

Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP is pleased to announce that Super Lawyers has recognized nine of its lawyers as top-rated appellate attorneys for 2022: Kent Richland, Marc Poster, Tim Coates, Robin Meadow, Bob Olson, Cindy Tobisman, Ted Xanders, Laurie Hepler, and Alana Rotter. “Super

Dec 16, 2021
2021 Year In Review

Dear Clients and Friends: In a year of ups and downs, GMSR has maintained its focus on first principles: How we can best serve our clients and achieve outstanding results. Sometimes that’s by working closely with trial counsel to prepare for or avoid an appeal.

Who We Serve


Whether on appeal, assisting trial counsel, or advising government officials contemplating legislative action, GMSR provides unique insight into the complex laws that impact public entities.

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Where coverage may exist, GMSR represents insureds on appeal effectively and efficiently. Where it does not, the firm protects insurers’ right to deny claims.

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GMSR offers corporate clients objective assessments on appeal, based on a deep understanding of the limitations and opportunities of appellate review.

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The firm’s lawyers are team players, collaborating with trial counsel at any level from legal strategy to writing or editing trial court motions and appellate briefs.

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GMSR vigorously advocates the rights of individual plaintiffs and defendants, in both state and federal appellate courts.

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As part of GMSR’s long-standing commitment to social justice and equality, GMSR provides pro bono appellate services to individuals and to community organizations on issues of concern.

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