News & Publications

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

Oct 09, 2017 Alison M. Turner
GMSR’s Alison Turner Speaking at the Institute on Entertainment Law and Business

GMSR Partner Alison Turner will discuss recent developments in California law regarding attorney-client privilege at the Institute on Entertainment Law and Business.  Hosted by USC Gould School of Law and the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the Institute on Entertainment Law and Business brings together entertainment

Oct 03, 2017
13th Annual Tribute to the Champions of Justice Dinner

Loyola Law School annually honors two distinguished lawyers who embody the spirit of the civil justice system through their outstanding legal careers.  GMSR congratulates this year’s recipients, John F. Denove and Robert Morgenstern for their legal careers marked by professional excellence and uncompromising integrity.

Oct 02, 2017
How Judges Decide: A Multidisciplinary Perspective, Appellate Issues (Fall 2017)

This article appears in the online publication Appellate Issues, published by the ABA’s Judicial Division Appellate Judges Conference Council of Appellate Lawyers. Read Article

Sep 26, 2017 Timothy T. Coates
International Municipal Lawyers Association’s 82nd Annual Conference

GMSR is proud to sponsor and be invited to speak at the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s (IMLA) 82nd Annual Conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada from October 14 to 18, 2017.  The IMLA is one of the foremost organizations serving the needs of attorneys representing governmental

Aug 31, 2017 Laurie J. Hepler
GMSR Partner Laurie Hepler Will Present at the Arbitration Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco

Laurie Hepler will present Appeal Rights And Your Arbitration Case at the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF), together with Arbitration Section Chair John Worden.  The date is  September 11, 2017, from 12 to 1:15 pm. Laurie will cover both sides’ rights to appellate review

Aug 31, 2017
GMSR Attending and Sponsoring the Foundation for Democracy and Justice: Southern California Reception

GMSR is proud to be an attending sponsor for the Foundation for Democracy and Justice: Southern California Reception.   This is the third annual reception for the foundation and will honor the Los Angeles Superior Court for its service to the community inside and outside the

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