News & Publications

Feb 02, 2018
Stanford Law School — Marion Rice Kirkwood Moot Court Competition finals

GMSR is proud to once again sponsor Stanford Law School’s Marion Rice Kirkwood Moot Court Competition. The firm congratulates this year’s preliminary rounds winners, each of whom receives a monetary award from GMSR: Best Petitioners’ Brief in the preliminary rounds:  Yoni Marshall and Liz Klein

Feb 02, 2018 Timothy T. Coates
Federal Civil Rights Act, California Governmental Tort Liability Practice (CEB)
Jan 16, 2018
Beverly Hills Bar Association Eighth Annual Litigation Awards Dinner

GMSR is proud to attend and support the Beverly Hills Bar Association and its Eighth Annual Litigation Awards Dinner. This year, GMSR congratulates Justice Lee Smalley Edmon, recipient of the Ronald M. George Award, and Daniel Grunfeld, recipient of the Excellency in Advocacy Award.  This year’s Eighth

Jan 13, 2018
GMSR Sponsors the Bet Tzedek Annual Dinner Gala

For the 15th year, GMSR is proud to co-sponsor Bet Tzedek’s Annual Dinner Gala. Bet Tzedek provides free legal services to low-income Angelenos, regardless of their racial, religious, or ethnic backgrounds. GMSR congratulates the night’s honorees: E. Randol Schoenberg, recipient of Luis Lainer Founder’s Award,

Jan 12, 2018 Timothy T. Coates
GMSR’s Timothy Coates will speak at DRI’s Civil Rights & Governmental Tort Liability Seminar

GMSR supports DRI—The Voice of the Defense Bar—and is once again co-sponsoring one of the receptions at this year’s annual Civil Rights & Governmental Tort Liability Seminar, in New Orleans, Louisiana, from January 25 to January 27.  GMSR managing partner Timothy Coates, who is on

Dec 21, 2017 Laurie J. Hepler
National Survey on Excess Liability For An Insurer’s Good-Faith Breach Of The Duty to Defend

Based on a brief Laurie wrote for the Nevada Supreme Court, this article in FDCC Insights (December 2017) surveys the law nationwide on whether an insurer’s liability for breaching the duty to defend can exceed policy limits, where there was no bad faith and no

Dec 06, 2017 Laurie J. Hepler
Laurie Hepler offers “Five Core Questions” to consider before any appeal

Error at the trial level isn’t enough.  Appeal is a new and distinct phase of litigation that requires careful consideration of many factors before proceeding.  Partner Laurie Hepler focuses on five core questions in this succinct and practical article, published in the Fall 2017 ADC

Nov 30, 2017 Robin Meadow
Pincus Professional Education Third Annual Appellate Conference in Los Angeles

GMSR partners Kent Richland and Robin Meadow will serve as faculty for the Pincus Professional Education Third Annual Appellate Conference.  They will teach several topics at the DoubleTree Downtown L.A. on February 2, 2018.  GMSR partner Laurie Hepler presented “Appellate Strategy for Repeat Commercial and

Nov 30, 2017 Laurie J. Hepler
Laurie Hepler Presenting at the ADC-NCN Annual Meeting

GMSR’s Laurie Hepler will present “Use It Or Lose It:  Pre-Judgment Appeal and Writ Deadlines,” at the 58th Annual Meeting of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada. This session will teach trial lawyers which adverse orders trigger do-or-die deadlines to seek

Nov 30, 2017 Laurie J. Hepler
GMSR Partners Will Teach Advanced Appellate Topics At Pincus Conferences In S.F. and L.A.

GMSR San Francisco partner Laurie Hepler will present “Appellate Strategy for Repeat Commercial and Institutional Litigants,” at the Pincus Professional Education Third Annual Appellate Conference, at the Hotel Nikko on January 26, 2018.  GMSR Los Angeles partners Kent Richland and Robin Meadow will teach several

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