Appellate

Advocating for clients throughout the appeals process

With a 100-year firm history, Gresham Savage attorneys have a long-standing reputation of being effective advocates for clients involved in appeals. We provide thoughtful analysis and advice to clients at all stages of the appeals process, regardless of whether we served as trial counsel.

Our lawyers have substantial appellate experience in state and federal courts of appeals, state supreme courts and the Supreme Court of the United States. Primarily, our attorneys handle writs, administrative appeals and civil appeals, including oral arguments. Several of our attorneys serve as mediators for the voluntary mediation program run by Division Two of the Fourth District Court of Appeal.

Serving clients in a broad range of matters

Gresham Savage’s appellate capabilities are enhanced by our range of 12 practice groups. Our skilled attorneys have expertise in a variety of legal matters, from labor and employment to health care and real estate, consulting with each other across practice areas to ensure the best results for clients. Our attorneys are equipped to handle a wide range of services relating to appeals, such as providing sound legal analysis and strategy, preparing persuasive appellate briefs and presenting effective oral arguments.

If you’re in need of a knowledgeable attorney to guide you through the appeals process, contact Gresham Savage today. Our attorneys have:

  • Successfully represented a major national retailer in several appeals stemming from a fraud and breach of contract claim brought by the plaintiffs, who had sold land to the retailer.
  • Handled a civil case and claims before the Public Employers’ Retirement Board, the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, the IRS and the DLSE for an independent contractor who was wrongfully misclassified by his employer. Aside from the civil suit, which was dismissed on demurrer and later partially upheld, all claims were dismissed or resolved in the client’s favor.
  • Served as appellate counsel for dozens of counties, cities and fire districts before the California Supreme Court in a series of cases that defined rights and responsibilities under the California Emergency Medical Services Act. [City of San Bernardino v. County of San Bernardino, 15 Cal.4th 909 (1996)].
  • Successfully represented a Texas petroleum company in a toxic tort case before the Court of Appeal. [Rivas v. Safety-Kleen Corporation, 98 Cal.App.4th 218 (2002)].
  • Posited arguments on behalf of a major university hospital that lead to the Ninth Circuit’s adoption of the “Birthday Rule” for coordination of benefits. [PM Group v. Western Growers Assurance Trust, 953 F.2d 543 (9th Cir. 1992)].
  • Successfully appealed trial court’s order to enforce terms of a settlement agreement, resulting in the Court of Appeal reversing the order and holding that the trial court had not retained subject matter jurisdiction pursuant to the terms of the agreement. [Wackeen v. Malis, 97 Cal.App.4th 429 (2002)].
  • Successfully defended a petition for writ of mandate challenging a million-square-foot warehouse development project. [Maintain Our Desert Environment v. Town of Apple Valley, 120 Cal.App.4th 396 (2004)].