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Our appellate practice group includes attorneys with a breadth of experience, talent, and skill to handle even the most complex and challenging appeals in all areas of civil law. Our persuasive briefs and influential oral arguments not only convince the court that our clients’ positions are right, but often result in precedent for future cases. We routinely consult with trial teams from the inception of the dispute, through pre-trial, trial, and post-trial motion practice. In this way, as trial lawyers are putting on their best case, we are helping them build their trial record for the best possible results on appeal.

We understand the goals of our clients without overreaching, and never lose sight of the fact that we represent real people and entities facing tangible, serious consequences. The personal relationships our attorneys have forged over decades of practice and throughout the appellate community creates instant credibility. We know the justices, and we understand how their past decisions and views are likely to impact rulings in individual cases. This, in turn, allows us to tailor our strategy and our briefs to maximize our clients’ chances of success.

By advancing inspiring arguments grounded in practical realities, our attorneys have earned a reputation for the highest quality advocacy amongst appellate court judges. In addition, the firm has a stellar record of favorable results before the California Supreme Court and in every district of the California Court of Appeal. We also handle cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and have submitted briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court.


  • Merits briefs
  • Amicus briefs
  • Certiorari petitions
  • Mandamus, prohibition, and supersedeas petitions
  • Other emergency relief
  • Anti-SLAPP, summary judgment, and post-trial motions


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Gary A. Watt
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San Francisco, CA

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