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November 2013

Matthew Kleiner Certified as Appellate Specialist

The California Board of Legal Specialization has certified Matthew Kleiner as an Appellate Specialist. He is now one of only 312 Appellate Specialists in California.

The rigorous certification process includes passing a written examination as well as demonstrating high level of experience with every aspect of the appellate process from writing and preparation of appellate briefs, petitions for rehearing, review and extraordinary writ, and oral advocacy. In addition, an Appellate Specialist must complete at least 45 hours of continuing education in appeals and writs and be favorably evaluated by other attorneys and judges.

Mr. Kleiner, a partner in the Appellate and Insurance Groups of Gordon & Rees LLP, has more than thirteen years experience handling appellate matters before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, California Courts of Appeal as well as the Arizona Courts of Appeals.  He has handled numerous appeals to completion and has decisions published in both California and Arizona, including Mathews v. Life Care Centers of America, Inc. et al (2008) 217 Ariz. 606) [Adult Protective Services Act does not prevent the enforcement of a voluntary arbitration agreement entered into by an elderly person], and Service Employees Internat. Union, Local 99 v. Options—A Child Care & Human Services Agency (2012) 200 Cal.App.4th 869 [holding that an agreement to comply with a statute “cannot alter legislative intent or expand the scope of the statute”].

Matthew G. Kleiner