Alana Rotter

Join us at the USC Gould School of Law 46th Annual Trust and Estate Conference online!

Friday, November 13 at 11:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific Time Alana Rotter, Appellate Specialist at Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP, along with Paul Gordon Hoffman, Founding Member of Hoffman, Sabban & Watenmaker, will present: No-Contest Clauses and the Anti-SLAPP Statute: Traps for the

GMSR Partners Timothy Coates and Alana Rotter presenting at the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s Annual Conference

GMSR is proud to sponsor and speak at the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s (IMLA) 83rd Annual Conference in Houston, Texas from October 17-21, 2018.  IMLA serves the needs of attorneys representing governmental entities across a broad spectrum of practices. This year, GMSR managing partner Timothy Coates,

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

Sep 12, 2017 Alana H. Rotter
Heads Up

Descriptive headings make briefs more clear, and result in a table of contents that provides a helpful roadmap of your position.  But on-point headings are more than just good practice—they are required, and failing to use them comes at a high cost: Each point in

Three GMSR Attorneys Selected to the 2017 Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Stars List

Super Lawyers has named GMSR appellate lawyers Alana Rotter, Gary Wax, and David Hackett to its list of 2017 Southern California Rising Stars.  Alana and Gary have been included on the list for several years, and GMSR is proud to have David join them for

Jun 05, 2017 Alana H. Rotter
Alana Rotter offers tips on what defense lawyers need to know about anti-SLAPP appeals

Anti-SLAPP motions are a popular way to nip lawsuits in the bud, both in state court and in federal court cases that involve state law claims.  But different rules govern the appealability of anti-SLAPP rulings in state and federal court, and the federal rules are

May 22, 2017 Alana H. Rotter
Alana Rotter Admitted to the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers

GMSR is proud to announce that partner Alana Rotter has become a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers (CAAL).  Academy membership is limited to highly experienced and skilled appellate lawyers in California.  To be considered, a candidate must have a minimum of ten

Wind Dancer Production Group v. Walt Disney Pictures (2017) 10 Cal.App.5th 56

GMSR’s clients, the creators and producers of the hit television show Home Improvement, sued Disney for underpaying their profit participation.  Disney obtained summary judgment on the basis of an “incontestability clause” in its contract with plaintiffs that, Disney claimed and the trial court found, absolutely

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