Martin Stein
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Martin Stein
Firm: Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP
Address: 5900 Wilshire Boulevard, 12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: (310) 859-7811
Fax: (310) 276-5261
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While appellate lawyers spend much of their time researching in the library or drafting briefs at their desks, GMSR founding partner Martin Stein – Marty, to everyone who knows him – loves the courtroom. The rapid give-and-take of appellate argument and the fast-on-your-feet analysis and presentation of complex legal issues suit Marty to a T.

After graduating from UCLA with a degree in Political Science in 1962, Marty received his law degree from UCLA School of Law in 1965, where he cut his teeth in the courtroom in the Moot Court Honors Program. He then spent four years in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, United States Army, rising to the rank of captain while handling a wide variety of military trials and appellate matters. In 1970, he joined the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office, starting in jury trials and then focusing on appeals. In 1976, he joined the State Public Defender's Office, serving as Supervising Attorney of the appellate section and rising to Chief Assistant State Public Defender in charge of the Los Angeles office.

During his criminal defense years, Marty briefed and argued many appeals in the Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court.

Wanting to pursue civil appeals, in 1980 Marty joined the appellate law firm of Horvitz & Greines where he quickly established expertise in government tort liability claims. In 1983, Marty joined Irving Greines, Alan Martin, and Kent Richland in founding GMSR.

For more than 20 years, Marty has continued to represent public entities in the state and federal appellate courts and has also developed substantial expertise in medical malpractice, representing both public entities and private hospitals. He lectures widely on appellate practice, and has served as an expert witness on the claim presentation requirements of the Tort Claims Act.

Marty is an avid sports fan, and in his spare time he follows the exploits of his beloved Bruins basketball team. He and his wife Ruby live in the South Bay where they shower their attention on their two dogs, Kao and Casanova, their cat Scruffy, and visiting grandchildren.

Current Employment Position(s):
Founding Partner, since 1983

Areas of Practice:
Appellate Law
Government Tort Liability
Healthcare Law
Tort Litigation
Bar Admissions:
California, 1966
U.S. Supreme Court, 1969
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1981
UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, California, 1965
Honors: Moot Court Honors Program

University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, 1962
Major: Political Science

Published Works:
Symposium on Juvenile Justice (Co-Editor), California State Public Defender

Manual on Appellate Practice (Co-Editor), California State Public Defender, 1980

Summary and Review of the Medical Injury Compensation and Reform Act of 1975, September, 2005

Wrongful Termination Claims Against Government Employers - Theories of Liability and Defense Under California Law: An Overview (editor), (distribution limited to clients), 2004

Representative Cases:
Oliveros v. County of Los Angeles, 120 Cal.App.4th 1389 (2004)
Barris v. County of Los Angeles, 20 Cal.4th 101 (1999)
Colome v. State Athletic Com, 47 Cal.App.4th 1444 (1996)
Aguilar v. Los Angeles County, 751 F.2d 1089 (9th Cir. 1985)
Classes/Seminars Taught:
Guest Lecturer on Appellate Practice, University of Southern California Law Center

Guest Lecturer on Appellate Practice, Loyola Law School

Honors and Awards:
Southern California Super Lawyers (Appellate), 2006 - 2015

Named in The Best Lawyers in America (Appellate Law), 2009 - 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Los Angeles Bar Journal, 1975 - 1976
Past Member, Board of Editors

Los Angeles Bar Journal, 1975 - 1976
Past Member, Board of Editors

American Bar Association, Law Office Management Section

American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section

American Bar Association, Litigation Section

State Bar of California, Business Law Section

State Bar of California, Law Practice Management Section

State Bar of California, Litigation Section

State Bar of California, Public Law Section

State Bar of California, Real Property Section

State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Section

Los Angeles County Bar Association, Health Care Law Section

Los Angeles County Bar Association, Law Office Management Section

Los Angeles County Bar Association, Litigation Section

Los Angeles County Bar Association, Local Government Section

California Society for Healthcare Attorneys

Past Employment Positions:
Horvitz & Greines, 1980 - 1983

Los Angeles Public Defender's Office, Chief Assistant State Public Defender in Charge, 1979 - 1980

California State Public Defender (Appeals), Supervising Attorney, 1976 - 1979

County of Los Angeles (Appeals 1972-1976), Deputy Public Defender, 1970 - 1976

Judge Ad­vocate General’s Corps, United States Army, Captain, 1966 - 1970

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State & Local Agencies, Health & Health Care Law, Litigation & Appeals, Federal Appellate Practice, State Appellate Practice
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