About Us

Appellate attorney, Valerie McGinty opened The Law Office of Valerie T. McGinty because she is dedicated to representing plaintiffs on appeal. Our 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?

Valerie protects 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. We summarize the record in detail. This allows Valerie to uncover the most powerful pieces of evidence which can be woven together into a compelling story. This story should resonate immediately with the Court of Appeal since an appellate judge was not there to see and hear what the jury saw and heard.

To reverse plaintiffs’ losses, Valerie puts 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.

Due to Valerie’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

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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