GMSR has a stellar track record and reputation as writs and appeals attorneys. Below is a sample of recent wins for our clients.

GMSR wins affirmance of anti-SLAPP order, striking malicious prosecution claim against individual who assisted police officers

Rental property managers in San Luis Obispo received anonymous letters threatening to shoot them and their tenants if they rented properties to minorities.  The police identified a chief suspect, Richard Orcutt, and contacted one of Orcutt’s prior co-workers, city fire official John MacDonald.  MacDonald stated

Court Of Appeal Reverses $3.5 Million Jury Award And JNOV Denial, Ordering Entry Of Judgment For GMSR’s Client

GMSR’s client and his co-investors agreed to sell their accounting software business.  After the sale closed, an investor who had received $3.6 million for his share sued the client for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, claiming that he had forced the sale against the

GMSR Wins Affirmance Of Anti-SLAPP Ruling

Melamed v. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (2017) 8 Cal.App.5th 1271. A physician sued a hospital and some doctors, alleging that the summary suspension of his medical staff privileges was motivated by retaliatory animus.  The Court of Appeal affirmed the dismissal of the suit under the anti-SLAPP statute.  On the first

Court of Appeal affirms application of anti-SLAPP statute to summary suspension of medical staff privileges

Adams v. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (2014) 2014 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 5942 (California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Three) [unpublished]. Two years after Cedars-Sinai summarily suspended a physician’s medical staff privileges, he sued Cedars-Sinai for denial of his right to practice medicine. The trial

GMSR defends law firm client’s anti-SLAPP dismissal of fraudulent conveyance claim for accepting payment for its services

NAMA v. Dorsey & Whitney (2013) 2013 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 5592 (California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Four) [unpublished]. A real estate LLC retained GMSR’s law firm client to represent its managers in a suit brought by one of the LLC’s investors. Arbitrators

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Court of Appeal affirms anti-SLAPP judgment in favor of GMSR’s clients

Williams v. County of Los Angeles, et al. (2012) 2012 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 2797 (California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Five) [unpublished]. Plaintiff was a lay advocate, representing public employees before the Civil Service Commission. After the Commission banned him from appearing before

Court of Appeal affirms order granting lawyer’s anti-SLAPP motion in malicious prosecution action

Roosen v. Farrell (2010) 2010 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 7115 (California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division One) [unpublished]. The Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s order dismissing a malicious prosecution action against GMSR’s attorney client under the anti-SLAPP statute. The malicious prosecution action

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Whether on appeal, assisting trial counsel, or advising government officials contemplating legislative action, GMSR provides unique insight into the complex laws that impact public entities.

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Where coverage may exist, GMSR represents insureds on appeal effectively and efficiently. Where it does not, the firm protects insurers’ right to deny claims.

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GMSR offers corporate clients objective assessments on appeal, based on a deep understanding of the limitations and opportunities of appellate review.

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The firm’s lawyers are team players, collaborating with trial counsel at any level from legal strategy to writing or editing trial court motions and appellate briefs.

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GMSR vigorously advocates the rights of individual plaintiffs and defendants, in both state and federal appellate courts.

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As part of GMSR’s long-standing commitment to social justice and equality, GMSR provides pro bono appellate services to individuals and to community organizations on issues of concern.

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