Appellate advocacy is a particularized skillset that M&R deftly offers its client base. Having handled hundreds of appeals before federal and state courts throughout the country, the firm boasts a record of success founded upon uncompromising preparation and legal research, legal analysis that’s both practical and strategic, and a technical mastery of written and oral advocacy that’s a cut above.
It’s M&R’s considerable trial court experience that shapes our work and strategies on appeal. That being said, we’re always careful to preserve our clients’ rights on appeal, which is why – at the trial court level – the firm’s lawyers always make it a point to advise clients with appeals (and the trial and appellate records) in mind.
Be it a direct appeal of a trial court judgment, an intermediate appellate judgment, or any other matter subject to challenge, we represent appellants and respondents with utmost competence and confidence. Of note, M&R’s appellate mastery has resulted in several published (and unpublished) opinions that have impacted a slew of industries.
Areas Of Expertise
- Trial Consulting
The importance of laying the groundwork –during trial – for a winning appeal can’t be overstated, which is why M&R’s appellate lawyers are frequently called upon to work with outside trial counsel to ensure that any important issues arising at trial are properly framed and preserved for appeal. With that in mind, we consult with other law firms to quickly identify the pertinent factors during trial that may contribute to an effective strategy on appeal, which oftentimes informs the filing of key dispositive motions and jury instructions and offers of proof.
Sometimes, the only vehicle available for an effective appellate remedy is filing an immediate writ petition from an adverse interim trial court ruling. The firm understands this and is fluent in writ procedure, having drafted countless petitions. Our work has resulted in an impressive record of obtaining review on behalf of our clients.
The firm represented the prevailing parties in all of the following appellate decisions:
Windsor Pacific LLC v. Samwood Co., Inc. (2013) 213 Cal.App,.4th 263
Zabasky v. American International Group, Inc. (2013) 9th Cir., no. 11-57111
Claus v. Paychex (2012) Cal. Ct. App., no. G045296
Zentner v. Farmers Ins. Exchange (2012) Cal. Ct. App., no. B235767
Harbor Regional Center v. Office of Administrative Hearings (2012) 210 Cal.App.4th 293
Anstey v. Beebe (2012) Cal. Ct. App., no. B228741
Hodson v. Sterling Casualty Ins. Co. (2011) Cal. Ct. App., no. G043783
Samantha C. v. Office of Administrative Hearings (2010) 185 Cal.App.4th 1462
ACS Systems, Inc. v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co. (2007) Cal. Ct. App., no. B181837.
Guseinov v. Burns (2006) 145 Cal.App.4th 944
Haynes v. Farmers Ins. Exchange (2004) 32 Cal.4th 1198
St. Paul Mercury Ins. Co. v. Frontier Pacific Ins. Co. (2003) 111 Cal.App.4th 1234
Hooker v. Department of Transportation (2002) 27 Cal.4th 198
Hamilton v. Maryland Casualty (2002) 27 Cal.4th 718 (amicus brief)
Vargas v. Athena Assurance Co. (2002) 95 Cal.App.4th 461
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- November 14, 2016
- April 16, 2014
- July 5, 2012
- November 16, 2016
- November 16, 2016
- November 15, 2016
- November 14, 2016
- Appellate DecisionFebruary 11, 2014
- August 30, 2010
- LIFE AFTER SB 688: 'In Delay There Lies No PlentyJanuary 1, 2005
- January 2, 2003
- January 31, 2002
- September 23, 1999
- June 10, 1994
- July 23, 1993
- Should California Abandon Primary Rights?Comment, Res Judicata: (1989) 23 Loy. L.A. L.Rev. 351., February 2010
- (In)efficient (Ap)proximate Cause: Proving and Disproving Covered Losses Under Property Insurance PoliciesLawyers' Club of San Francisco's Inn of CourtFebruary 2010
- Here Come the Judges: Help Me, Help You, Help Us [Know What Not To Do in the CourtroomLawyers' Club of San Francisco's Inn of CourtSeptember 2009
- White Lawyers Playing the Race Card: Exploitation, Arrogance, or Advocacy?Lawyers' Club of San Francisco's Inn of CourtOctober 2008
- A Brief History of Lloyd'sWest Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar2001
- California Claims: Avoiding Insurer’s Extracontractual Liability Arising from Defense Counsel’s Conflicts of InterestLloyd's of LondonLondon, UK, 1994