civil appeals

Court of Appeal Affirms Dismissal Of Employment Harassment Suit Against GMSR’s Clients 

A high school teacher brought FEHA claims against two school administrators, alleging (1) the principal engaged in gender harassment by granting male teachers work assignments and resources that she would have preferred over her own; and (2) the superintendent failed to investigate plaintiff’s ongoing complaints,

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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
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Nadia A. Sarkis
Nadia Sarkis is an experienced appellate advocate and innovative problem-solver who helps clients reframe and develop their cases for success in federal and state appellate courts.  That process begins not just during the post-trial motion phase when issues are first articulated for appeal, but often
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Joseph Bui
Joseph Bui is adept at analyzing nuanced legal issues confronting state and federal appellate courts. Joseph joined GMSR after clerking for three federal judges:  Judge Amos L. Mazzant in the Eastern District of Texas, Chief Judge M. Casey Rodgers in the Northern District of Florida,
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Timothy T. Coates
Timothy Coates is one of the country’s leading appellate attorneys representing public entities and their employees.  Over the past thirty-eight years, Tim has briefed and argued over 250 appeals in the state and federal appellate courts, including seven victories in the United States Supreme Court. 
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Cynthia E. Tobisman
Cindy Tobisman is a Co-Managing Partner of Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland.  During her many years specializing in appeals at GMSR, she has briefed and argued virtually every type of civil case.  The only constants are her deep knowledge of appellate practice, her rigorous research,

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