About Us

The Law Office of Valerie T. McGinty is dedicated to representing plaintiffs on appeal.

The firm is proud of its record, upholding over $50 million in plaintiffs’ verdicts without defeat and reversing summary judgments at triple the average rate.

How have we obtained these results?

When it comes to protecting plaintiffs’ verdicts, this means not just marshaling the law that justifies the plaintiff’s victory but also analyzing that law under the applicable standard of review.  This means summarizing the record in detail so that the most powerful pieces of evidence can be woven together into a compelling story that resonates immediately with the Court of Appeal, who was not there to see and hear what the jury saw and heard.

And when it comes to reversing plaintiffs’ losses, this means putting a special emphasis on the standard of review and undisputed facts, especially any defense admissions.  Also, not every adverse judgment is appropriate for appeal.  An honest assessment of the time, resources, and risk involved in appealing an adverse judgment may well prompt a thoughtful decision not to proceed, or to handle it in-house with an appellate consultant.

Because of Ms. McGinty’s close collaboration with her former partner (and father), renowned appellate attorney Daniel U. Smith (now retired), the firm’s appellate strategy represents the culmination of the most effective tactics based on the collective decades of experience in the California Supreme Court, the California Courts of Appeal, and the Ninth Circuit.

What our clients are saying

“Having tried the case themselves,” trial attorneys “may lose objectivity and would be well served by consulting and taking the advice of disinterested members of the bar, schooled in appellate practice.” (Estate of Gilkison (1998) 65 Cal.App.4th 1443, 1449-1450.)

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