Our Practice

Benedon & Serlin, LLP, located in the Los Angeles area and Bakersfield, specializes in federal and state appellate litigation and substantive trial motions.


We understand the unique challenges our clients face when preparing post-trial motions or civil appeals, and we stand ready to provide experienced counsel.

When contacted by a potential client, we conduct a preliminary evaluation of the matter and determine the likelihood of success on appeal. Should the client elect to proceed, we conduct the necessary research, prepare all required briefs, present oral argument to the appellate court, and seek or oppose further review in the California Supreme Court or the United States Supreme Court. While the appeal is pending, we participate in any ongoing settlement negotiations.

Additionally, we assist trial counsel to prepare or oppose substantive trial motions, such as motions for summary judgment, motions in limine, new trial motions, and motions for judgment notwithstanding the verdict. We also advise trial counsel on specific tasks during trial such as jury instructions, offers of proof, and special verdicts. By participating in these earlier stages of litigation, we help trial counsel preserve issues for appeal, particularly those of first impression or extreme complexity.