News & Publications

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,

Seven GMSR Attorneys recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 Edition for Appellate Practice, Insurance Law, Trust & Estates, & Bet-the-Company Litigation

Seven of GMSR’s appellate attorneys been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019.  Multiple GMSR appellate attorneys have been recognized nationally with top rankings for Appellate Litigation for more than a decade.  Adding to the firm’s rankings, Robin Meadow is

Aug 15, 2018 Timothy T. Coates
GMSR Managing Partner Timothy Coates returns to present at the League of California Cities® 2018 Annual Conference

GMSR’s Timothy Coates will be speaking at the League of California Cities® 2018 Annual Conference. This year’s conference will be held September 12 – 14, 2018 in Long Beach, California at the Long Beach Convention Center. This year, Tim will return to present the session Municipal

Jul 30, 2018 Cynthia E. Tobisman
GMSR Lawyer wins top national prize for legal fiction

GMSR partner Cindy Tobisman has won the 2018 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction with Proof, beating Scott Turow and Lisa Scottoline. The prize is given annually by the ABA Journal and the University of Alabama School of Law each year to a novel-length work of fiction

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