Appellate Lawyer

Jun 17, 2023 Laurie J. Hepler
Appellate Success in California

“Appellate Success in California” — A monthly dose of quick, practical appellate tips.  Laurie began the series in 2009 for her clients and friends, and since 2016 has co-written it with GMSR partner Alana Rotter.  Read the latest here.

Apr 27, 2023 Marco Pulido
GMSR sends a warm welcome to its newest appellate lawyer, Marco Pulido

Before joining GMSR, Marco worked at a large, international law firm where he successfully litigated both trial and appellate cases. Marco honed much of his skillset while serving for two years as a federal judicial law clerk for the Hon. Bruce J. McGiverin and externing for

Marco Pulido
Marco A. Pulido is an experienced appellate attorney who has litigated dozens of appeals involving a wide variety of cutting-edge legal issues in California and beyond. In recent years, Marco’s efforts have been instrumental in securing numerous wins and positive developments for clients in high-stakes
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
Laura Lim
Laura Lim’s behind-the-scenes experience with the California and federal courts helps her craft effective, compelling arguments as an appellate advocate. Before joining GMSR, Laura was a research attorney for Justice John S. Wiley Jr. at the California Court of Appeal and a law clerk for
Oct 15, 2021 Stefan Caris Love
Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland Welcomes Stefan Caris Love

Stefan clerked for Judge Paul J. Watford at the Ninth Circuit prior to joining GMSR. As a clerk, he honed his writing skills and saw up close how judges decide cases. He has also worked as a litigator at a large firm, where he analyzed

Alana H. Rotter
GMSR partner Alana Rotter is a go-to lawyer for appeals and writ petitions in many fields.  Clients and trial lawyers seek her out for her clear writing, thorough research, and efficiency.  Alana respects client relationships, and is adept at working hand-in-hand with trial lawyers.  Her
Jeffrey Gurrola
GMSR counsel Jeff Gurrola discovered his passion for appellate practice while working as a litigator in a major international firm.  Having begun his career in this fast-paced environment, Jeff thrives under pressure and provides efficient, excellent legal analysis.  His time working as an in-house litigation
GMSR’s Ted Xanders and Nadia Sarkis discuss tactics for combating inflated non-economic tort damages in IMLA Municipal Lawyer

In a two-part series published in IMLA Municipal Lawyer, entitled “Reptiles, Picassos, and Stealth Bombers: Combating Inflated Non-economic Tort Damages,” Ted Xanders and Nadia Sarkis discuss various tips for combating tactics that plaintiffs’ lawyers are using in personal-injury actions to increase non-economic damages.  Part One,

Feb 12, 2020 Alana H. Rotter
Prime Real Estate

Legal writing, like any other type of writing, should strive to keep the reader’s attention.  But any reader faced with a huge stack of paper (or the digital equivalent) is likely to lose focus eventually.  That makes the first pages of any brief or other

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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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