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Jun 11, 2019 Alana H. Rotter
Counting the minutes… Calculating the deadline for requesting a statement of decision, Daily Journal (June 10, 2019)
GMSR Appellate Lawyers Gary Wax and David Hackett awarded “Rising Star” distinction by Super Lawyers

Greines Martin Stein & Richland (GMSR), a boutique law firm focused on appeals, writs and trial court consulting, is pleased to announce that Gary Wax and David Hackett were once again named among the Super Lawyers Rising Stars. This is the fifth consecutive year for

May 28, 2019
GMSR Mid-year Appellate Law Update

2019 has been busy so far at Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland. Here are some highlights of recent wins on behalf of our clients: Affirmed rejection that Michael Jackson gave away 15% of his business at a middle-of-the-night meeting Reversed denial of jury trial, refusing

May 01, 2019 Timothy T. Coates
GMSR’s Timothy Coates discusses litigating qualified immunity on summary judgment in IMLA Municipal Lawyer

Qualified immunity is indispensable when defending municipal actors against Section 1983 claims. Knowing how, when and where to assert the defense is critical.

Chambers and Partners USA again places GMSR in its top rank for Appellate Litigation in California

Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland (GMSR) is proud to announce Chambers and Partners USA continues to recognize GMSR for its excellence in Appellate Litigation. The practice and partners continue to achieve strong rankings for their leadership and success in shaping the law at the appellate

GMSR Appellate Attorneys recognized as “California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year” based on their work in shaping both arbitration law and attorney ethical standards

The Daily Journal recognized GMSR lawyers Kent Richland and Jeffrey Raskin, along with Barbara Ravitz, for their work in Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., Inc. This is Kent Richland’s third time and Jeffrey Raskin’s second time being awarded the prestigious California Lawyer Attorneys of

Apr 02, 2019 Alana H. Rotter
GMSR’s Alana Rotter reviews what juror affidavits can—and cannot—establish for post-trial motions

Lawyers often submit juror affidavits in supporting or opposing a new trial motion motions. In a Law360 article, Alana Rotter discusses California’s nuanced admissibility rules for these affidavits. To read the article, click here.

Mar 20, 2019 David E. Hackett
GMSR Partner David Hackett Elected to the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Los Angeles County Law Library

GMSR is pleased to announce that partner David Hackett was elected to the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Los Angeles County Law Library. Founded in 1891, the Los Angeles County Law Library holds over 1,000,000 volumes, including many rare and historical works,

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.

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

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