Selected Decisions

What follows is a brief representative sample of appellate cases handled by Mr. Ellis, published and non-published, with brief descriptions showing the variety of issues addressed by the firm:

Brandes v. Brandes (S229486) (petition for review raising issues of equitable apportionment; review sought from decision in Brandes v. Brandes (2015) 239 Cal.App.4th 1461
Elisa B. v. Superior Court (2005) 37 Cal.4th 108, and related cases (representing amicus curiae on behalf of the minor children in same-sex parenting cases)
People v. Crayton (2002) 28 Cal.4th 346 (waiver of right to counsel)
Scheiding v. General Motors Corp. (2000) 22 Cal.4th 471 (federal preemption)
Hauser v. Superior Court of Los Angeles (B262156) (extraordinary writ petition from denial of Penal Code section 995 motion in prosecution claiming embezzlement of public funds)
Lutfi v. Spears (B246253) (appeal of nonsuits for breach of contract, defamation, and battery)
Ohanesian v. Superior Court of Los Angeles (B250013) (writ of mandate issued, reversing denial of demurrer to claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress)
V.S. v. M.L. (2014) (2013) 222 Cal.App.4th 730 (appeal from denial of parentage under the UPA)
In re Marriage of Hanna (A135944 ) (family law appeal concerning characterization of spousal bonuses)
Goldfarb v. Yelton (A130249) (family law appeal raising issues of equitable apportionment)
Manco Contracting Co. v. Bezdikian (B230863) (appeal involving domestication of a Qatar judgment and raising issues under the UFMJRA)
People v. Valdez (C077882) (appeal challenging denial of 3-Strikes resentencing under Proposition 36)
Malek v. Lorah (D063244) (appeal involving issue of putative spouse)
Momeni v. County of Orange (G042269) (appeal involving claim of battery / excessive force, alleged against law enforcement officer)
S.L. v. A.S. (H040872) (appeal involving child custody in context of false molestation claims)
Marash v. Whitman (H036639) (family law appeal raising property and support issues)
In re Marriage of Khera and Sameer (2012) 206 Cal.App.4th 1464 (appeal involving denial of extension of stipulated Richmond / step-down order because no material change of circumstances)
Hampton-Mitchell v. Mitchell, et al. (B228988) (appeal from enforcement of judgment under Code of Civil Procedure section 664.6)
In re Marriage of Franklin (B220591/B222169) (appeal of reimbursement award under Family Code section 2640 for lack of substantial evidence tracing marital property to a separate-property source)
Blanks v. Shaw (2009) 171 Cal.App.4th 336 (discussing exclusive jurisdiction of Labor Commissioner in cases under the Talent Agencies Act, the pertinent statute of limitations under the Act, and the applicability under the Act of the doctrine of severability of contracts)
In re Marriage of Papazian (A114961/ A116750/ A117270) (appeal involving denial of set aside motion, attorney’s fee award, and imposition of discovery sanctions)
Snyder v. Steven M. Garber & Associates (B198751) (denial of anti-SLAPP motion [Code Civ. Proc., § 425.16])
People v. Chavez (B168044) (reversed conviction for second degree murder; felony murder conviction may not be premised upon violation of Penal Code section 2800.2)
In re Marriage of Papazian (F046535) (substantial evidence challenge to undue influence finding)
In re Marriage of Carlson (A103163/A103820) (appeal from denial of set-aside motion)
In re Marriage of Schmir (2005) 134 Cal.App.4th 43 (appeal of termination of spousal support without affording supported spouse a “reasonable advance notice and opportunity to find gainful employment”)
In re Marriage of Papazian (F037053) (family law appeal involving property characterization and distribution, holding that conditional transmutation was valid; remanded for trial on undue influence; see Marriage of Papazian [F046535] above)
People v. Gurrola (B159898) (felony conviction reversed for lack of unanimity instruction)

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