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

Court of Appeal affirms family court decision based on fundamental appellate rules

Years after a mother and father (GMSR’s client) agreed to a final custody order involving their daughter, a family law court modified the order, granting the father tie-breaking authority in the event that the two parents disagreed about healthcare or educational decisions. The mother appealed. 

Court of Appeal reverses custody order barring GMSR client from contacting her children while they attend an intensive family reunification program

A family law judge ordered that a father was permitted to enroll himself and his two teenage children in “a week-long program such as Family Bridges.”  Purporting to merely “implement” this order, father asked the court to order the children to attend Family Bridges, which

Court Of Appeal Rules For GMSR Client Angelina Jolie, Holding That A Private Judge Violated A Continuing Obligation To Disclose New Matters Involving Counsel Representing Jolie’s Ex-husband Brad Pitt

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s ongoing divorce proceeding has been handled by a party-compensated private judge sitting as a Los Angeles Superior Court judge.  Such judges have an ongoing obligation to disclose new paid engagements with counsel representing either side.  After several rounds of such

Court of Appeal adopts GMSR’s arguments and rejects challenge to marital settlement agreement

Representing the husband in a post-dissolution family law proceeding, GMSR prevailed on wife’s appeal from the superior court’s order denying her motion to set aside their marital settlement agreement.  Wife and her counsel had prepared and presented to then-unrepresented husband all preliminary disclosures and the

Court of Appeal holds that spouse’s shares in corporation are separate property because acquired by gift

In a marital dissolution action, the husband argued that the wife’s shares in a corporation she co-owned with her father were community property because the wife, GMSR’s client, acquired them during marriage and a corporate document stated that she had provided half of the consideration

GMSR Successfully Defends Judgment For Husband In Wife’s Challenge To His Accounting For Marital Property Worth Tens Of Millions Of Dollars

After nearly three decades of marriage, husband (GMSR’s client) obtained dissolution. Wife, a former successful international banking and finance lawyer at a major law firm, claimed that during the marriage, husband, also a successful lawyer, hid marital assets worth millions of dollars. After a lengthy

GMSR prevails in validating delayed entry “Further Judgment” in marital dissolution case

Reyes v. Reyes (2015) 2015 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 8122 (Calfornia Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division One) [unpublished]. In this marital dissolution proceeding, the parties stipulated to having a temporary judge (a retired judge appointed under Cal. Const., art. VI, § 21) issue a

Court of Appeal allows exhaustion method of tracing to establish separate-property nature of investments during marriage

In re Marriage of Ziman (2015) 2015 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 7388 (California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division One ) [unpublished]. Husband, GMSR’s client, entered the marriage with $16 million in separate property investments. The couple spent the first six years of the marriage

Jan 10, 2014 Family Law
GMSR successfully defends “status only” judgment dissolving client’s marriage

In re Marriage of Jones (2014) 2014 Cal.App. Unpub LEXIS 138 (California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three) [unpublished]. Wife petitioned to dissolve her marriage to husband, GMSR’s client. Husband wanted to remarry, but the dissolution proceedings bogged down in disputes over financial

Court of Appeal affirms order denying motion to recover attorney’s fees from GMSR’s client under Family Code section 2030

In re Marriage of Armour/Ritter (2010) 2010 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 6108 (California Court of Appeal, Second District, Division Eight) [unpublished]. A wife in a marital dissolution proceeding incurred almost $700,000 in attorney’s fees litigating whether the confidential documents of her husband’s employer, which the spouses

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