Carolyn Oill

Carolyn Oill
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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Carolyn obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in History & Literature of Religion from Northwestern University in 1978. Her two years as manager of copyright control for a major book publisher (then Harcourt Brace Jovanovich) in New York City after college fueled her interest in law that had begun with a mock trial in high school. After moving to Los Angeles, Carolyn decided to pursue the career that had been nagging her for years. She graduated from Southwestern University’s SCALE program – a two-year program that focuses on a conceptual approach to law – in 1987. A judicial externship at the state court of appeal at the end of her second year sealed her fate – it was an appellate career she wanted.

In her nearly two decades with GMSR since that time, Carolyn has written over 500 briefs, petitions and motions. She has argued before every district of the California Courts of Appeal, as well as the California Supreme Court. Carolyn regularly works on medical malpractice and public entity defense cases, but has handled a wide variety of other matters involving landlord-tenant disputes, construction contracts and injuries, employment disputes and civil rights.

Carolyn lives in Beverly Hills with her husband, daughter, two stepchildren and a dog named Sally. Between writing briefs and driving kids around, Carolyn makes time for knitting, crocheting, sewing, jewelry-making, reading and, of course, shopping.

Current Employment Position(s):
Associate, since 1987

Areas of Practice:
Appellate Law
Government Tort Liability
Healthcare Law
Tort Litigation
Bar Admissions:
California, 1987
U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1991
Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California, 1987
Honors: Richardson Scholarship
Honors: Themis Society Scholarship

Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, 1978
Honors: Dean's List
Major: History & Literature of Religion

Published Works:
Down to the Details: Crafting a Special Verdict, "Appellate Tips for Trial Lawyers" (a newsletter of the Los Angeles County Bar Association), , Vol. 1, No. 11 (November 2008), 2008

Waiver of Objections Revisited, ABTL Report, Fall, 2005

Summary and Review of the Medical Injury Compensation and Reform Act of 1975 (Co-Author), Client Distribution, September, 2005

Understanding Perry v. Shaw - Making Informed Consent Better, Managing Risk, a UC publication, Summer, 2002

Representative Cases:
Rebecca Sperber v. The Regents of the University of California, 2014 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 811 (California Court of Appeal 2014)
Long, William T. v. County of Los Angeles , 2012 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 7890 (California Court of Appeal 2012)
Bowman v. Tommie Wyatt, Jr., et al., 186 Cal.App.4th 286 (California Court of Appeal 2010)
Arellano v. County of Los Angeles , 2010 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 5903 (California Court of Appeal 2010)
Unruh-Haxton v. The Regents of the University of California, 162 Cal.App.4th 343 (California Court of Appeal 2008)
Chosak v. Alameda County Medical Center , 153 Cal.App.4th 549 (California Court of Appeal 2007)
Perryman v. County of Los Angeles, 153 Cal.App.4th 1189 (California Court of Appeal 2007)
Arredondo v. Regents of University of California, 131 Cal.App.4th 614 (2005)
County of Los Angeles v. Superior Court, 127 Cal.App.4th 1263 (2005)
Cabral v. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, 66 Cal.App.4th 907 (1998)
Wood v. Riverside General Hospital, 25 Cal.App.4th 1113 (1994)
Guzman v. County of Los Angeles, 234 Cal.App.3d 1343 (1991)
Past Employment Positions:
California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division One, Student Extern, 1987

West Practice Categories:
Civil Rights, Health & Health Care Law, Litigation & Appeals, Federal Appellate Practice, State Appellate Practice, Medical Malpractice
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