California Supreme Court Fall 2017 Round-Up

September 28, 2017

Spearheaded by Daniel M. Kolkey, a former Associate Justice on the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, and former Counsel to the Governor of California, Gibson Dunn’s California Appellate Practice Group has prepared the attached California Supreme Court Fall 2017 Round-Up, which previews upcoming cases and summarizes select opinions issued by the Court.  This edition includes opinions handed down from December 2016 through August 2017, organized by subject.  Each entry contains a description of the case, as well as a substantive analysis of the Court’s decision.  The Round-Up provides a resource for busy practitioners seeking an in-depth, timely, and objective report on the California Supreme Court’s actions.

To view the Round-Up, click here.


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Gibson Dunn has a strong and high-profile presence before the California Supreme Court, appearing numerous times in the past decade in a variety of cases.  The firm’s California litigation practice was awarded Benchmark Litigation‘s highest recommendation in 2017 and was named its California Litigation Firm of the Year in 2015.  The Recorder named Gibson Dunn the winner in the Class Actions category of its 2017 Litigation Department of the Year competition and a finalist for 2017 Litigation Department of the Year, recognizing “law firms whose California litigators have delivered outstanding service—and wins—for their clients in the year’s most demanding litigation matters.”  Law360 named the firm to its 2015 California Powerhouse list, noting that with the firm’s “deep California roots and penchant for tackling high-stakes matters, Gibson Dunn has helped shape the Golden State economy and legal landscape by notching landmark trial victories, blazing a trail in appellate work and steering multibillion-dollar transactions.”  The Daily Journal also recognized two Gibson Dunn cases among its Top Appellate Reversals in its 2015 and 2016 Top Verdicts in California: In 2016, the firm obtained reversal of a trial court’s summary judgment and attorneys’ fee award worth nearly $70 million; and in 2015, we obtained a reversal of what would have been one of the largest punitive damage awards in California history.

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Gibson Dunn’s lawyers are available to assist in addressing any questions you may have regarding developments at the California Supreme Court, or in state or federal appellate courts in California.  Please feel free to contact the following lawyers in California, or any member of the Appellate and Constitutional Law Practice Group.

Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr. – Los Angeles (+1 213-229-7000, tboutrous@gibsondunn.com)
Daniel M. Kolkey – San Francisco (+1 415-393-8420, dkolkey@gibsondunn.com)
Julian W. Poon
– Los Angeles (+1 213-229-7758, jpoon@gibsondunn.com)
Theane Evangelis
– Los Angeles (+1 213-229-7726, tevangelis@gibsondunn.com)
Kirsten Galler – Los Angeles (+1 213-229-7681, kgaller@gibsondunn.com)
Jennafer M. Tryck – Orange County (+1 949-451-4089, jtryck@gibsondunn.com)
Lauren E. Lennon – San Francisco (+1 415-393-8313, llennon@gibsondunn.com)


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