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Santa Barbara
Appellate Litigation Firm

Nestled along the picturesque coastline of Southern California, Santa Barbara exudes a timeless charm and natural beauty that has earned it the moniker “The American Riviera.” This coastal haven is renowned for its Spanish-influenced architecture, sun-kissed beaches, and a Mediterranean climate that lures visitors year-round.

The city’s red-tiled rooftops and whitewashed buildings, reminiscent of its Spanish colonial past, create a captivating aesthetic against the backdrop of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Stearns Wharf, stretching into the Pacific Ocean, invites strolls with panoramic views, while the historic Old Mission Santa Barbara stands as a testament to the city’s rich cultural heritage.

Santa Barbara’s beaches, such as East Beach and Butterfly Beach, are renowned for their pristine sands and idyllic settings. The city seamlessly blends outdoor recreation with cultural sophistication, offering a plethora of boutique shops, art galleries, and fine dining establishments along State Street.

Wine enthusiasts are drawn to the nearby Santa Ynez Valley, a renowned wine region where vineyards dot the landscape. With its commitment to sustainability and a relaxed pace of life, Santa Barbara captivates residents and visitors alike, providing a coastal retreat that seamlessly blends elegance with the laid-back Californian lifestyle.

View on Santa Barbara from the pier

Gusdorff Law is a trusted Santa Barbara appellate litigation law firm focused on representing plaintiffs in personal injury appeals and on employment law. Our mission is to help clients defend hard-fought judgements and challenge unfair rulings. No two cases are the same, so our approach is tailored to fit each client’s unique needs.

Janet Gusdorff, the founder of Gusdorff Law, is a certified appellate law specialist (California Board of Legal Specialization). She has exclusively handled writs and appeals since 2006. Additionally, Gusdorff Law offers consulting services to trial attorneys on law & motion matters.

If you lost a civil lawsuit and want to appeal, or if you need to fight the defense’s appeal, we are here to help. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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Appellate Advocacy

At Gusdorff Appellate Law Firm, our team of highly skilled appellate attorneys specializes in navigating the complexities of appellate litigation.

Our Expertise in Appellate Advocacy

  • State and Federal Appeals: Our attorneys adeptly represent clients in appellate proceedings at both state and federal levels, relentlessly pursuing remedies after trial and advocating for favorable outcomes.
  • Compelling Appellate Briefs and Persuasive Arguments: We excel in crafting compelling appellate briefs and delivering convincing oral arguments before appellate courts.
  • Strategic Appellate Consultation: We offer strategic consultation services to trial attorneys and clients seeking guidance on potential appeals.

Personal Injury Representation

Our firm is dedicated to aiding individuals who have suffered injuries due to the negligence of others.

Our Comprehensive Personal Injury Practice

  • Auto Accidents: We stand with individuals injured in auto accidents, including cases involving negligence, reckless driving, and insurance disputes.
  • Slip and Fall Incidents: We vigorously pursue claims for injuries resulting from hazardous conditions on others’ premises.
  • Medical Malpractice: We passionately advocate for victims of medical negligence, encompassing surgical errors, misdiagnoses, and medication mishaps.
  • Product Liability: We hold manufacturers and distributors accountable for defective products causing harm to consumers.
  • Wrongful Death: We provide unwavering legal support and seek compensation for families who have tragically lost loved ones due to negligence.

Premises Liability Support

We extend our support to individuals grappling with premises liability issues stemming from injuries caused by unsafe conditions on others’ properties.

Our Services in Premises Liability

  • Negligence Claims: We actively pursue claims against property owners or managers for injuries resulting from inadequate maintenance, poor security, or hazardous conditions.
  • Slip and Fall Incidents: We expertly handle cases involving injuries on premises due to slippery surfaces, uneven walkways, or insufficient warnings.
  • Inadequate Security: We passionately advocate for victims of crimes that occurred due to inadequate security measures on commercial or residential properties.

Product Liability Advocacy

Our firm takes on product liability cases to ensure consumers receive just compensation for injuries stemming from defective products.

Our Specialized Services in Product Liability

  • Defective Product Claims: We firmly hold manufacturers and distributors responsible for producing and selling products with design flaws, manufacturing defects, or inadequate warnings.
  • Strict Liability: We diligently pursue claims under the theory of strict product liability, where consumers are not required to prove negligence but must demonstrate that the product was defective and caused their injuries.

Real Estate Legal Services

Our real estate law practice encompasses various aspects of property and real estate transactions.

Our Extensive Real Estate Legal Services

  • Real Estate Transactions: We skillfully assist clients in buying, selling, and leasing residential and commercial properties, ensuring all legal aspects are meticulously addressed.
  • Property Disputes: We adeptly resolve disputes concerning property boundaries, ownership, and rights, including resorting to litigation when necessary.
  • Landlord-Tenant Issues: We provide valuable advice to landlords and tenants on lease agreements, eviction proceedings, and amicable dispute resolution.


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