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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

Nov 13, 2017 Alana H. Rotter
When is your notice of appeal due? Alana Rotter explains a new U.S. Supreme Court decision on extensions for filing appeals in federal court.

The Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure permit federal district courts to extend the deadline for filing a notice of appeal.  But what happens when the court grants a longer extension than the rules allow?  Alana Rotter discusses the United States Supreme Court’s recent answer in

Nov 10, 2017 Robert A. Olson
Robert Olson Speaking at the 2017 CLM New York Conference

GMSR partner Robert Olson will speak at this year’s Claims and Litigation Management (CLM) Conference and discuss special coverage issues presented by the so-called Bermuda Form of combined occurrence/claims-made coverage. He will join other experienced claims professionals and outside counsel who will explain why the

Nov 03, 2017 Robin Meadow
Partner Robin Meadow Featured in The Best Lawyers® magazine

GMSR partner Robin Meadow is the Best Lawyers® Appellate Practice ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in Los Angeles for the second time, having also been recognized in 2013.  He’s also featured in an article in the latest issue of Best Lawyers®, where he notes the value

Anti-SLAPP motions in probate? Alana Rotter explains a new decision applying the anti-SLAPP statute to petitions to enforce a no-contest clause.

Litigators are used to seeing anti-SLAPP motions in civil cases.  But a new California Court of Appeal decision highlights that anti-SLAPP motions are also an option in the probate context, to challenge a petition to enforce a will or trust’s no-contest clause.  Alana Rotter discusses

Oct 11, 2017 Marc J. Poster
Marc Poster reports on a new warp-speed appellate process that presents traps for the unwary in certain elder abuse cases.

Elder abuse claims have proliferated.  In the Summer 2017 ABTL Report, Marc Poster discusses new legislation that presents potential traps for the unwary appellant when the trial court denies a motion to compel arbitration of an elder abuse case that has been granted a trial

Oct 10, 2017
GMSR Sponsors Preeminent Appellate Summit

GMSR is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Appellate Judges Education Institute (AJEI) Summit in Long Beach, California.  The annual summit brings together appellate judges and lawyers from across the country for four days of practical, cutting-edge programming and networking.  Summit organizers expect

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