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California Litigation: Appellate
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4 Ranked Lawyers

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Ever since its founding in 1983, the firm has been one of California’s premier civil appellate boutiques. From its base of practice in the California state and federal appellate courts, in recent years the firm has forged a potent United States Supreme Court practice: since 2006, it has won six of the seven cases it has briefed and argued in the high court. The firm is counsel of record in over 450 published decisions and in many more hundreds of unpublished decisions and it has acted as amicus counsel in many additional appellate matters.


The firm also frequently consults with trial lawyers so as to ensure that their cases are well positioned for a potential appeal. Through its appellate practice, the firm has developed substantive expertise in many areas, including constitutional law, civil rights, governmental torts and immunities, personal injury, insurance coverage and bad faith, complex business disputes, business torts, copyright, unfair competition, antitrust, real estate, entertainment law, environmental law, employment law, maritime law, family law, bankruptcy, professional malpractice, arbitration and probate. The firm’s clientele includes national banks and other major national companies; major liability, casualty and title insurance companies; state and local governments; hospitals; public and private universities; entertainment industry companies and individuals; and lawyers.

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Litigation: Appellate - California
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What the team is known for

Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland is a distinguished appellate boutique with proficiency in a wide array of industry sectors, acting for a broad range of individuals, public entities and corporate clients. It offers deep expertise in state and federal court work, including frequent appearances before the California Supreme Court. The firm is often called upon to assist trial counsel in strategizing cases in anticipation of appeal.

Work Highlights

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  • Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland represented Foxcroft Productions before the California Court of Appeal in a $66.9 million dispute with Universal City Studios over profits from Columbo.

Strengths

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Notable Practitioners

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Laurie J Hepler
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Laurie J Hepler
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Laurie Hepler is an appellate specialist who advises clients on appeals both locally and on a nationwide basis. Her practice covers a broad range of areas from employment to unfair competition.

"Laurie is a wonderful advocate. She's an excellent writer with good insight into the bench and how an argument will be perceived. Whatever brief she touches is always better for it."

"She is a highly conscientious, smart and hard-working appellate expert who always places the client first."

"Her brief writing is excellent, her oral advocacy too."

Robin Meadow
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Robin Meadow
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Robin Meadow is well versed in handling appeals across such diverse fields as insurance, real estate and personal injury.

"Robin is very experienced, smart and great to work with. He understands our priorities and really represents our interests."

"His experience and breadth of knowledge are invaluable."

Kent L Richland
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Kent L Richland
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Kent Richland is a well-respected practitioner possessing deep experience in appellate work in state and federal courts.

"Kent is an excellent legal mind and someone that you can rely upon for great legal service."

"He is a legend."

Alana H Rotter
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Alana H Rotter
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Alana Rotter enjoys a burgeoning reputation for her appellate expertise, including advising clients on appeals before a range of state courts and the Ninth Circuit in civil appeals.

"Alana is intelligent, talented, legally sophisticated, hard-working and responsive to her clients' needs."

"She's so strategic and great at really setting expectations. She's so smart, thorough and detailed."

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Kent L Richland
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Kent L Richland
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Robin Meadow
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Robin Meadow
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Laurie J Hepler
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Laurie J Hepler
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Alana H Rotter
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Alana H Rotter
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Members

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Bob Olson

Cindy Tobisman

David Hackett

Gary Wax

Jeff Raskin

Marc Poster

Nadia Sarkis

Ted Xanders

Tim Coates

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