Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP

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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In the appellate courts
We have handled cases in the United States Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit, every appellate court in California, and the Supreme Courts of Alaska and Nevada. We have been counsel of record in over 400 published decisions and in many more hundreds of unpublished decisions, and we have represented amici curiae in many additional matters.

In addition to appeals, we have prepared and responded to countless petitions for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court, petitions for review to the California Supreme Court, and petitions for extraordinary writ relief to intermediate appellate courts. We also frequently submit amicus curiae letters to the California Supreme Court urging it to take some action, such as granting review in cases presenting issues of statewide importance or "depublishing" intermediate appellate decisions that muddle the law.

In the trial courts
Although our practice is concentrated in the appellate courts, we serve our clients in the trial arena as well. Planning for an appeal often begins as early as drafting the complaint or answer, and sometimes even before that. Our clients frequently call upon us to assist their trial counsel in specific areas, including the initial formulation of a case, briefing and arguing dispositive motions, developing legal theories and trial strategy, preparing trial briefs and jury instructions, and briefing and arguing post-trial motions in anticipation of an appeal.

In short, we are lawyers who specialize primarily in written advocacy. What we do not do are the things trial lawyers do best – develop evidence through discovery and present and cross-examine witnesses.

As counsellors
Another substantial portion of our practice involves consultation with clients regarding complex legal issues, including issues involving insurance coverage and duties to insureds. Institutional clients frequently ask us to conduct legal research, formulate arguments, draft opinion letters, and prepare sample briefs on important issues for use by the client's trial counsel, enabling the client to obtain a consistent, focused and effective argument without unnecessary duplication of effort. When clients appear headed towards litigation, we are sometimes asked to draft crucial correspondence that may later become evidence in the litigation. On other occasions we have been called upon to formulate arguments in connection with settlement negotiations.

A particular benefit to our institutional clients is the quality and consistency they achieve by having a single firm provide appellate work and consultation on issues that surface repeatedly in their businesses.

Scope of issues
We do not limit ourselves to any particular substantive areas of the law. We have represented clients – both plaintiffs and defendants – in such diverse areas as constitutional law, civil rights, governmental torts and immunities, personal injury torts, insurance coverage and bad faith, complex business disputes, business torts, copyright, unfair competition, antitrust, RICO, securities, entertainment and environmental law, employment discrimination and wrongful termination, maritime law, family law, bankruptcy and probate.

Our diverse clients include banks, national manufacturers, major liability, casualty and title insurance companies, state and local governments, hospitals, state universities, entertainment industry companies and talent and trial lawyers.

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We strive to provide the highest quality of legal services through painstaking research, critical analysis and interchange of ideas among our lawyers. We believe that, despite the talent of our associates, every case requires the intense and continuous involvement of a partner.

Areas of Practice:
Administrative Law
Anti-SLAPP Law
Arbitration and Settlement Enforcement
Business Litigation
Constitutional Law
Employment and Agency Law
Entertainment Law
Family Law
Government Tort Liability
Healthcare Law
Insurance Law
Intellectual Property
Legal Malfeasance
Probate and Trusts
Punitive Damages
Real Property
Tort Litigation
United States Supreme Court
Published Works:
One Bite of the Apple (Alana H. Rotter, Author), Los Angeles Daily Journal, July 27, 2015

Lessons from Appeals of Nonappealable Judgments (Alana H. Rotter, Author), Los Angeles Daily Journal, March 25, 2015

Which Orders regarding Arbitration are Appealable? (Alana H. Rotter, Author) , Los Angeles Daily Journal, January 5, 2015

Maximize the Impact of Amicus Support (Alana H. Rotter, Author), Los Angeles Daily Journal, September 11, 2014

Next-up: the Cantil-Sakauye High Court (Kent L. Richland, Author), Los Angeles Daily Journal, September 10, 2014

Ruling Provides Guidance on Notices of Appeal (Alana H. Rotter, Author) , Los Angeles Daily Journal, April 18, 2014

Protecting Attorney Disqualification Orders from Reversal (Alana H. Rotter, Author), Verdict , (Volume 3), 2013

Creating An Appealable Judgment (Alana H. Rotter, Author), Los Angeles Daily Journal, December 12, 2013

Appeals, Writs and Summary Judgment (Alana H. Rotter, Author), Los Angeles Daily Journal, October 22, 2013

In Practice: 'Kurwa' Shuts a Door to an Early Appeal (Gary J. Wax, Author) , The Recorder , October 17, 2013

The “Metaphysical Moment” When a Pipe Begins to Leak Is Not a “Sudden” Discharge Where Damage Only Results From a Gradual or Continuous Process (Robert A. Olson , Gary J. Wax. Co-Authors), Verdict Magazine, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, (Volume 2), 2013

Cutting in Line at the Ninth Circuit (Marc J. Poster, Author), Los Angeles Daily Journal, August 19, 2013

How Appellate Courts Review Attorney Disqualifications (Alana H. Rotter, Author) , Los Angeles Daily Journal, July 9, 2013

Case Highlights Importance of Timely Post-trial Motions (Alana H. Rotter, Author), Los Angeles Daily Journal, June 11, 2013

Your Skills: Between Trial and Appeal, There's a Record (Kent L. Richland , Gary J. Wax, Co-Authors) , The Recorder, (Vol. 137, No. 21) Week of May 27, 2013

Representing Anna Nicole (Kent L. Richland, Author), The Appellate Advocate, Issue 2, 2006

I Couldn't Wait to Argue (Timothy T. Coates, Author), The Journal of Appellate Practice and Process, Vol. 5, No. 1, Spring, 2003

Representative Cases:
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP v. J-M Manufacturing Co., Inc., 244 Cal.App.4th 590 (California Court of Appeal 2016)
Garcia v. Holt , 242 Cal.App.4th 600 (California Court of Appeal 2015)
Sheridan v. Touchstone Television Productions, Inc., 241 Cal.App.4th 508 (California Court of Appeal 2015)
21st Century Ins. Co. v. Superior Court , 240 Cal. App. 4th 322 (California Court of Appeal 2015)
The Regents of the University of California v. Superior Court, 240 Cal. App. 4th 1296 (California Court of Appeal 2015)
Wilson, Simona v. Southern California Edison Company, 234 Cal.App.4th 123 (California Court of Appeal 2015)
County of Los Angeles v. Superior Court (ACLU) , 235 Cal.App.4th 1154 (California Court of Appeal 2015)
Novak v. Fay, 236 Cal.App.4th 329 (California Court of Appeal 2015)
In re Estate of Duke , 61 Cal.4th 871 (California Supreme Court 2015)
Sanchez v. Valencia Holding Co., LLC , 61 Cal.4th 899 (California Supreme Court 2015)
Bing Crosby v. HLC Properties, Ltd., 223 Cal.App.4th 597 (California Court of Appeal 2014)
Los Angeles County Flood Control District v. Natural Resources Defense Council, 184 L.Ed.2d 547 (United States Supreme Court 2013)
Brown et al. v. Mid-Century Insurance Company , 215 Cal.App.4th 841 (California Court of Appeal 2013)
Stoltenberg v. Ampton Investments, 215 Cal.App.4th 161 (California Court of Appeal 2013)
Today’s Fresh Start v. Los Angeles County Office of Education, 57 Cal.4th 197 (California Supreme Court 2013)
Adamo v. Fire Insurance Exchange , 219 Cal.App.4th 1286 (California Court of Appeal 2013)
Farmers Insurance Exchange v. Superior Court (Bautista) , 220 Cal.App.4th 1199 (California Court of Appeal 2013)
Stanton v. Sims , 187 L.Ed.2d 341 (United States Supreme Court 2013)
Messerschmidt v. Millender , 182 L.Ed.2d 47 (United States Supreme Court 2012)
Ginsberg v. Gamson , 205 Cal.App.4th 873 (California Court of Appeal 2012)
Aguilar v. Goldstein , 207 Cal.App.4th 1152 (California Court of Appeal 2012)
Celador International, Inc. v. American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., et al. , 499 Fed.Appx. 721 (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 2012)
Cardio Diagnostic Imaging, Inc. v. Farmers Group, Inc. et al., 212 Cal.App.4th 69 (California Court of Appeal 2012)
Moore v. USC University Hospital, Inc. , 416 Fed.Appx. 640 (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 2011)
Stern v. Marshall, 180 L.Ed.2d 475 (United States Supreme Court 2011)
Lockton v. O’Rourke , 184 Cal.App.4th 1051 (California Court of Appeal 2010)
Alan Ladd Jr. v. Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., 184 Cal.App.4th 1298 (California Court of Appeal 2010)
City of Ontario v. Quon, 177 L.Ed.2d 216 (United States Supreme Court 2010)
Greenspan v. LADT, LLC , 185 Cal.App.4th 1413 (California Court of Appeal 2010)
Bowman v. Tommie Wyatt, Jr., et al. , 186 Cal.App.4th 286 (California Court of Appeal 2010)
Jules Jordan Video, Inc. v. 144942 Canada Inc., et al. , 617 F.3d 1146 (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 2010)
Price v. Stossel , 620 F.3d 992 (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 2010)
Ra El v. Crain, 399 Fed.Appx. 180 (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 2010)
Shah v. County of Los Angeles, 399 Fed.Appx. 305 (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 2010)
Los Angeles County v. Humphries , 178 L.Ed.2d 460 (United States Supreme Court 2010)
In re Episcopal Church Cases , 45 Cal.4th 467 (California Supreme Court 2009)
Humphries v. Los Angeles County , 554 F.3d 1170 (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 2009)
John Van de Kamp, et al. v. Thomas Lee Goldstein , 172 L.Ed.2d 706 (United States Supreme Court 2009)
Blanks v. Seyfarth Shaw , 171 Cal.App.4th 336 (California Court of Appeal 2009)
McCullock v. Los Angeles County Sheriff, Sheriff L. Baca, 320 Fed. Appx. 814 (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 2009)
Burlage v. Superior Court , 178 Cal.App.4th 524 (California Court of Appeal 2009)
Jasmine Networks, Inc v. Superior Court , 180 Cal.App.4th 980 (California Court of Appeal 2009)
Lyons v. Farmers Insurance Exchange, 161 Cal.App.4th 880 (California Court of Appeal 2008)
Prince v. Sutter Health Central, 161 Cal.App.4th 971 (California Court of Appeal 2008)
Robertson v. County of Ventura, 275 Fed.Appx. 59 (2008)
Unruh-Haxton v. The Regents of the University of California, 162 Cal.App.4th 343 (California Court of Appeal 2008)
Edwards v. Arthur Andersen LLP , 44 Cal.4th 937 (California Supreme Court 2008)
Halicki v. Carroll Shelby International, et al., 547 F.3d 1213 (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 2008)
Larner v. Pacific Health Corp. , 168 Cal.App.4th 1291 (California Court of Appeal 2008)
Compulink Management Center, Inc. v. St. Paul Fire and Marine Ins. Co. , 169 Cal.App.4th 289 (California Court of Appeal 2008)
Said v. Jegan, 146 Cal.App.4th 1375 (California Court of Appeal 2007)
Davis v. Yageo Corp. , 481 F.3d 661 (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 2007)
Sinaiko Healthcare Consulting, Inc. v. Pacific Healthcare Consultants, 148 Cal.App.4th 390 (California Court of Appeal 2007)
Gallanis-Politis v. Medina, et al., 152 Cal.App.4th 600 (California Court of Appeal 2007)
Whitaker v. Garcetti , 486 F.3d 572 (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 2007)
Zengen, Inc. v. Comerica Bank , 41 Cal.4th 239 (California Supreme Court 2007)
The Oakland Raiders v. National Football League , 41 Cal.4th 624 (California Supreme Court 2007)
Siebel v. Mittlesteadt , 41 Cal.4th 735 (California Supreme Court 2007)
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)
Stein v. Braum Investment, 244 Fed.Appx. 816 (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 2007)
John v. El Monte , 515 F.3d 936 (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 2007)
Klistoff v. Superior Court , 157 Cal.App.4th 469 (California Court of Appeal 2007)
OCM Principal Opportunities Fund v. CIBC World Markets Corp. , 157 Cal. App.4th 835 (California Court of Appeal 2007)
Marriage of Burkle, In re, 139 Cal.App.4th 712 (California Court of Appeal 2006)
Marshall v. Marshall, ___ U.S. ____, 126 S. Ct. 1735, 164 L. Ed. 2d 480 (United States Supreme Court 2006)
Fuller-Austin Insulation Co. v. Highlands Ins. Company, 135 Cal.App.4th 958 (California Court of Appeal 2006)
Fremont Indem. Co. v. Fremont General Corp. , 143 Cal.App.4th 50 (California Court of Appeal 2006)
Burrus v. City of Los Angeles , 197 Fed.Appx. 665 (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 2006)
Macias v. County of Los Angeles, 144 Cal.App.4th 313 (California Court of Appeal 2006)
Williams v. County of Los Angeles , 205 Fed.Appx. 593 (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 2006)
Cassady v. Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP , 145 Cal.App.4th 220 (California Court of Appeal 2006)
Hearst v. Ganzi , 145 Cal.App.4th 1195 (California Court of Appeal 2006)
Eddins v. Redstone, 134 Cal.App.4th 290 (California Court of Appeal 2005)
Jonathan Neil & Associates, Inc. v. Jones, 33 Cal.4th 917 (California Supreme Court 2004)
GAB Business Services, Inc. v. Lindsey & Newsom Claims Services, Inc., 83 Cal.App.4th 409 (California Court of Appeal 2000)
Sharon P. v. Arman, Ltd., 21 Cal.4th 1181 (California Supreme Court 1999)
Corder v. Gates (1996), 104 F.3d 247 (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 1996)
Corder v. Gates (1994), 25 F.3d 883 (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 1994)
Kerins v. Hartley, 27 Cal.App.4th 1062 (California Court of Appeal 1994)
Corder v. Gates (1991), 947 F.2d 374 (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 1991)
County of Riverside v. McLaughlin, 500 U.S. 44, 111 S. Ct. 1661, 114 L. Ed. 2d 49 (United States Supreme Court 1991)
Representative Clients:
Counties of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura
Counties of Riverside, Kern, San Bernardino
Cities of Los Angeles, Riverside, Beverly Hills, Oceanside
Cities of El Monte, Moreno Valley, Beaumont, Westminster
Great American Specialty Underwriters
Farmers Insurance Exchange
Farmers Group, Inc.
Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's, London
Beta Healthcare
Inland Empire Health Plan
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.
Anna Nicole Smith
National Football League
Southern California Edison
Sempra Energy
Loma Linda University Medical Center;
Hilton Hotels
St. Paul Insurance Company
Fremont General Insurance Company
Warner Bros
City National Bank
The Los Angeles Times
Regents of the University of California
PacifiCare Health Systems, Inc
Sutter Health
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company
Old Republic Title Insurance Company
California Land Title Association
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Smiths Aerospace
Con Agra Foods
Honors and Awards:
Anti-Defamation League Jurisprudence Award - Pro Bono Legal Services (Soldinger v. Northwest Airlines), 2000

Coates, Timothy T., Partner
Diamond, Alan, Associate
Eisenman, Jonathan H., Associate
Greenberger, Feris M., Partner
Greines, Irving H., Retired
Hackett, David E., Associate
Meadow, Robin, Partner
Oill, Carolyn, Associate
Olson, Robert A., Partner
Poster, Marc J., Partner
Raskin, Jeffrey E., Associate
Richland, Kent L., Founding Partner
Rotter, Alana H., Partner
Stein, Martin, Founding Partner
Tobisman, Cynthia E., Partner
Turner, Alison M., Partner
Wax, Gary J., Associate
Xanders, Edward L., Partner
Other Offices:
One Embarcadero Center, Suite 500, San Francisco, California 94111
(415) 315-1774
West Practice Categories:
Administrative, Constitutional, Employment Law -- Employer, Family Law, Health Care, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Litigation & Appeals, Real Estate, Trusts
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