John J. Metzidis
John Metzidis is an appellate lawyer with a broad practice covering civil matters.  John spent the first 15 years of his career litigating matters mostly at the trial level, first at a large international law firm and then at a trial litigation boutique.  He knows
Contact Bob Olson or David Hackett for 2022 Year in Review materials

Hopefully, you were able to watch Bob Olson’s and David Hackett’s presentation this morning reviewing the most important civil cases decided in California in 2022. We’ve been told that people use the written materials throughout the year as a research tool. If you missed the presentation

Nov 11, 2022 Laurie J. Hepler
Back to Basics on Oral Argument

Preparing for oral argument is arduous.  It requires close review of the record, the law and the briefs.  Predicting questions—both adverse and favorable—is also key.  But none of that will be much help if you can’t clearly address these basics: What is the core point

Rachel Beyda
Rachel briefed her first winning appeal before she had even graduated from law school.  Her list of successful cases has only grown since.  By combining thorough research, clear reasoning, and creative storytelling, Rachel helps secure wins for her clients. Rachel represents corporations, public entities, and
Jul 07, 2022
GMSR Is Now Accepting Applications To Be Our 2023-2025 Appellate Fellow

Third-year law students, judicial law clerks, and 2022 law school graduates: We’re hiring!  GMSR is now accepting applications to serve as an Appellate Fellow in our Los Angeles office.  The position is for a two-year term, starting in the fall of 2023.  This is a

Jun 17, 2022 Alana H. Rotter
VIRTUAL MCLE – Laying The Foundation For Appellate Success: Tips For Trust And Probate Litigators

On June 23, appellate lawyer Alana Rotter will present a virtual MCLE offering tips to avoid traps that can doom an appeal before it begins.  Topics will include: anticipating anti-SLAAP motions in proceedings to enforce a no-contest clause, creating a clear record, preserving evidentiary and

Apr 18, 2022 Gary J. Wax
How To File An Appeal In California

✅ The Notice of Appeal   The Notice of Appeal is the document that an aggrieved party files in the trial court to start the appeal process.  Filing a notice of appeal notifies the court and the opposing side that an appealable order or final

In Case You Missed It: Civil Law Highlights From The Past Year—Presented By GMSR Appellate Lawyers & Beverly Hills Bar Association

Please join GMSR’s founding partner, Kent Richland, along with GMSR appellate attorneys Jeff Gurrola and Stefan Caris Love for a can’t-miss FREE online webinar reviewing the TOP 2021-22 appellate decisions for civil litigation.  If you attend, you’ll learn about: The most important cases from the last

Mar 15, 2022 Laurie J. Hepler
Two Sides

In nearly every case, both sides have colorable-to-good arguments.  Seeing both sides as objectively as you can, as early as you can, helps you win on appeal.  Here is how: First, winning sometimes means settling for a reasonable number—one that compromises between both sides’ best

GMSR’s Bob Olson & Ellie Ruth To Present “A YEAR IN REVIEW” – Case Highlights of 2021

This Thursday, March 17, GMSR appellate attorneys Bob Olson and Ellie Ruth will present IN PERSON at the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel’s 61st Annual Seminar: “A Year in Review” — Case Highlights of 2021 In their 90-minute presentation, Bob and Ellie will identify

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