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Experience

Mr. Dodd has been certified by the State Bar of California as an Specialist in Appellate Law since 1996, and has handled over 1,000 appellate matters in his over 30 years of practice.  Mr. Dodd has argued hundreds of cases before the California Court of Appeal, as well as 10 matters before the California Supreme Court.

Representative Cases

2017

            In re Joshua R. (2017) 7 Cal.App.5th 864. The Court of Appeal agreed the trial court had erred in not sealing the appellant’s juvenile record.

            Cameron v. Hoffman (G052985), unpublished. The Court of Appeal agreed the trial court had erred in setting aside a settlement agreement in a contested trust matter.

2016

            In re Marriage of Grant (G052247), unpublished. The Court of Appeal agreed with our arguments the trial court had erred in relying on a tax return as evidence of remarriage, and evidence of the statutorily-required formalities are required to prove marriage.

            Zeigler v. Oss (G052230), unpublished. Representing the respondent, an order denying a petition for an elder abuse restraining order was affirmed.

            In re Marriage of Phan and Vo (G052337), unpublished. We represented the respondent, and the Court agreed with our argument appellant was barred by the doctrine of res judicata from relitigating certain claims.

            People v. Sanchez (2016) 63 Cal.4th 665. In this landmark case, the California Supreme Court agreed with our arguments that statements a “gang expert” relied on to opine on defendant's gang membership were hearsay, explaining that, when an expert relates case-specific out-of-court statements and treats the content of those statements as true to support expert's opinion, the statements are admitted for their truth; and if they are testimonial, there is a potential Confrontation Clause violation.

            Angeles v. Coast Engineering Contractors, Inc. (G051191) unpublished. The Court of Appeal reversed an order of dismissal which erroneously had been based on principles of res judicata and collateral estoppel.

            In re Marriage of Nunez and Minar (G051412), unpublished. The Court of Appeal agreed the trial court’s failure to apply the statutory factors in making an award of spousal support and attorney fees required reversal

            Patel v. Crown Diamonds, Inc. (2016) 247 Cal.App.4th 29 (G051439). We obtained a reversal of a summary judgment, the Court of Appeal agreeing principles of res judicata based on plaintiff's previous adversary action in federal court opposing the bankruptcy petition of defendants' business partner did not apply to insulate defendants from answering for what plaintiff claimed were their fraudulent activities, as defendants were neither parties to adversary action, nor partner's privies.

2015

            People v. Merritt (E06250), unpublished.  The Court of Appeal reversed for failure to give a jury instruction on the primary offense.

            Townsend v. Special Parking Services, Inc. (G050298) unpublished. The Court of Appeal reversed an order granting summary judgment, explaining the trial court had erred in relying on a deposition taken in a separate case as the basis for the defendant’s motion.

            Jeff Tracy, Inc. v. City of Pico Rivera (2015) 2015 Cal.App. LEXIS 808. The Court of Appeal agreed our contractor client was entitled to a jury trial on a licensure issue, reversing a $5,487,370.05 judgment in this published case.

            In re Cole Y. (2015) 233 Cal.App.4th 1444. The Court of Appeal agreed the juvenile court had erred in attempting to restrict the family law court’s authority to modify an “exit order” in a dependency matter.

            People v. Fuller (E061193) unpublished. The Court of Appeal reversed the denial of a Proposition 36 resentencing petition.

            In re I.Z. (B258361) unpublished. The Court of Appeal reversed a visitation order permitting a non-relative to visit a minor in a dependency case.

            In re Marriage of Kirilov (G049959) unpublished. The Court of Appeal reversed an order granting the former husband’s motion to set aside a stipulated judgment, agreeing that the disputed provision was integral to the settlement, so the trial court had erred in setting aside only that portion, rather than the entire agreement, if it intended to grant the motion.

            People v. Garcia (E061231) unpublished. That portion of the sentence pertaining possession of ammunition was stayed pursuant to section 654 because the defendant also was punished for possession of a firearm.

2014

            People v. Cornelio (C063608) unpublished. A conviction for involuntary manslaughter, Penal Code section 192, subdivision (b), was reversed because it was preempted by section 399, subdivision (a), keeping a dangerous dog with criminal negligence.

            Rumph v. Mayo (B248765) unpublished. We represented the trustee of a trust who appealed his removal as trustee after heirs sought and obtained his removal on the ostensible basis that litigation was depleting trust assets. However, because those heirs had been causing all the litigation, the Court of Appeal agreed the trial court erred in removing the trustee.

            Frederick v. Superior Court (2014) 223 Cal.App.4th 988.  The Court of Appeal granted our writ petition, directing the trial court to vacate an order premised on the mistaken belief the trial court had lost jurisdiction when one spouse had died.  The Court of Appeal agreed with us the trial court retained jurisdiction to issue orders nunc pro tunc to a date prior to the spouse’s death.

            In re Theodore F.,  D056776 (unpublished).  The Court of Appeal agreed the juvenile court had erred in “removing” the minors from their father’s custody because they had not been living with him at the time the dependency petition had been filed.

2013

         Estate of Hayden, B238395 (unpublished). An award of $191,076.57 in attorney fees and costs was reversed because appellant’s opposition to a contest to a final accounting was not without reasonable cause or in bad faith.

         Copenbarger v. Morris Cerullo World Evangelism (2013) 215 Cal.App.4th 1237. The Court of Appeal reversed an order granting a special motion to strike (a SLAPP motion) because the complaint was based on an underlying dispute, not protected speech activity.

         In re A.T., C0672617 (unpublished). County Counsel stipulated to reverse a judgment terminating parental rights because of a failure to comply with the notice provisions of the Indian Child Welfare Act.

         People v. Berube; Berube v. Superior Court, G047807, G048255. The Court of Appeal issued a “suggestive Palma notice” in response to our writ petition, causing the trial court to restore 17 years of credits for time served, resulting in the client being released from prison immediately.

         People v. Ortiz, E055511 (unpublished). The Court of Appeal reversed a conviction for being in possession of a firearm because the predicate felony conviction had been reduced to a misdemeanor.

         In re L. J. (2013) 216 Cal.App.4th 1125. In reversing for the failure of the Department to comply with the notice provisions of the Indian Child Welfare Act, the Court rejected respondent’s attempt to apply the “disentitlement doctrine.”

         People v. Vasquez, E054991 (unpublished). The Court of Appeal reversed a conviction on a false imprisonment count because false imprisonment is a lesser-included offense of kidnapping.  It also stayed sentences on additional counts pursuant to Penal Code section 654

2012

         Adoption of F.K., E054024 (unpublished).  The Court of Appeal agreed with our arguments made on behalf of appealing prospective adoptive parents and reversed a trial court order denying a petition to terminate the parental rights of a biological father, thereby permitting the adoption to proceed.

         People v. Brandao (2012) 210 Cal.App.4th 568.  The Court of Appeal reversed a probation condition requiring the appellant to have no contact with anyone affiliated with a gang because appellant had no gang ties.

         People v. Lira, E054956 (unpublished).  A conviction based on a guilty plea was reversed because the trial court misadvised appellant as to the elements of a firearm use enhancement and failed to ensure there was an adequate factual basis for the plea.

         People v. Cleaves, E053526 (unpublished).  The Court of Appeal reversed a restitution order payable to the county because the county animal services department was not a direct victim of the offense.

         In re Marriage of Macaluso, G045248 (unpublished).  Representing the respondent, we secured the affirmance of a trial court order ruling an antenuptial agreement was invalid.

2011

         In re Marriage of Samson (2011) 197 Cal.App.4th 23, published reversal.  The Court of Appeal agreed with our arguments that the trial court had incorrectly allocated all of appellant husband’s substantial severance pay to a single month for the purposes of calculating temporary spousal support.

       People v. Spencer, E051954 (unpublished).  The Court of Appeal reversed a conviction on one count of conspiracy to communicate with a prisoner.

            Steve Kelley v. The Copley Press, Inc., D056776 (unpublished).  The Court of Appeal reversed a summary judgment in favor of the defendant newspaper on a cause of action for intentional interference with contractual relations which had been brought by a well-known editorial cartoonist.

            Adoption of Baby Girl C., Guardianship of Baby Girl C., G043887, G043548, G044022.  In this widely-publicized “Baby Vanessa” case, we successfully obtained a stay in the Court of Appeal, preventing the transfer of the child from California to the social services agency in Ohio.  After extensive briefing in the Court of Appeal, the parties settled the matter in Ohio with an order awarding custody of the child to our client, the prospective adoptive mother.

2010

            People v. Kelly, (2010) 189 Cal.App.4th 73, published reversal.  The Court of Appeal reversed a $14,606.66 restitution award, ruling the Recording Industry Association of America was only a trade association, not a direct victim of offenses concerning counterfeit compact discs.

            In re S.C., C063250, (unpublished). The Court of Appeal reversed the termination of parental rights because of non-compliance with the notice requirements of the Indian Child Welfare Act and also ruled the mother could file a new section 388 petition.

            Hayden v. Hayden, B207007 (unpublished).  In this complicated, protracted probate case, the Court of Appeal reversed charges against the appellant in excess of $300,000.00 and remanded the matter for further proceedings.

            In re Marriage of Rinaldi, G041865 (unpublished).  The Court of Appeal not only agreed with our arguments that trial court orders denying motions to vacate earlier family law orders must be affirmed but also ordered monetary sanctions be paid to our client.

           In re Jasmin P., B216721 (unpublished).  The Court of Appeal reversed jurisdictional orders in a dependency case, agreeing there was insufficient evidence that a father had done anything to create a risk of detriment to his child.

            Dolley v. Superior Court, G042869, (unpublished).  The Court of Appeal granted a petition for writ of mandate, vacating trial court orders which were contrary to a prior Court of Appeal opinion.

            People v. Belton, E047870, (unpublished).  The Court of Appeal reversed a conviction for receiving stolen property and corrected custody credits.

2009

            People v. Bell, G041051, (published reversal).  The Court of Appeal agreed the trial court had given an incorrect jury instruction and reversed a kidnapping conviction.

            In re L. G., B210872, (unpublished).  The Court of Appeal reversed dependency jurisdiction orders, agreeing the father’s periodic medical marijuana use was not sufficient evidence to demonstrate harm to the children.

            In re J. D., B210429, (unpublished).  The Court of Appeal reversed dependency jurisdiction findings against a father who did not have custody of the child at the time the mother’s actions caused the child to become a dependent.

            In re Charlotte D. (2009) 45 Cal. 4th 1140.  I successfully represented adopting parents in securing reversal of Court of Appeal’s ruling concerning constitutionality of Probate Code section 1516.5 in a case in which the biological father manifestly failed to fulfill his parental responsibilities and did not promptly defend his custodial rights.

            People v. Mendiola, E043582 (unpublished).  The Court of Appeal ordered the sentence on one count of making or possessing fictitious bills or notes with the intent to defraud stayed pursuant to Penal Code section 654.

2008

            Adoption of Joshua S.  (2008) 42 Cal.4th 945. I successfully represented the appellant, first in the Court of Appeal and then California Supreme Court in reversing a substantial award of attorney fees granted by the trial court under the “private attorney general doctrine” of California Code of Civil Procedure section 1021.5

            James and Bernadette S. v. Superior Court, B193675.  In this writ petition filed on behalf the adopting parents, the Court of Appeal granted our alternative writ of mandate directing the trial court to vacate its orders staying the alleged biological father’s petition and thereafter set my clients’ petition for a hearing.  The trial court complied with the alternative writ.

            Adoption of Hayden P., G040413 (unpublished) and Adoption of Tyler O., G040056 (unpublished).  In these unrelated matters, I represented respondents in securing an affirmance of orders terminating parental rights in order to facilitate a step-parent adoption.

            Dolley v. Cummings, G039330 (unpublished).  In this probate matter, I secured a reversal of the trial court’s order interpreting a settlement agreement and trust to strip the beneficiary of various rights under the trust.

            In re Marriage of Luke, G037747 (unpublished).  As a respondent, the Court of Appeal agreed with our arguments concerning the jurisdiction of the trial court to render child support awards, and we secured a partial reversal on our appeal concerning the amount of community property reimbursement to which our client was entitled.

            J. C. v. Marissa C., B204304 (unpublished).  The trial court’s order denying a Welfare and Institutions Code section 388 petition without a hearing was reversed.

            People v. Michael R., E045178 (unpublished).  This case was remanded to the trial court to declare whether offense was a felony or misdemeanor.

            People v. Willis, E040684 (unpublished).  The conviction on two counts of robbery was reversed with direction to dismiss the charges.

2007

            In re Lauren R. (2007) 148 Cal.App.4th 841.  I secured a reversal on behalf of the adopting parent of a trial court order removing the minor from her home.  The Court of Appeal agreed the relative placement preference of Welfare and Institutions Code section 361.3 did not apply to a placement for adoption when no new placement was necessary; rather, the caretaker preference of Welfare and Institutions Code section 366.26, subdivision (k) applied.

            In re Marriage of Crane, G037644 (unpublished).  The Court agreed with our position, representing the Respondent, that appellant had appealed from a non-appealable order and dismissed her appeal.

 

            In re Marriage of Prichard, G039180.  The Court of Appeal granted our Petition for Writ of Supersedeas, staying the trial court’s order requiring the minor child attend a different school, pending the outcome of the appeal.

            In re Tatiana T., G037593 (unpublished).  We represented the responding adopting parents and secured an order affirming the judgment terminating the parental rights of the birth parents and freeing the child for adoption.

            In re Hope B., B194384, (unpublished).  The Court of Appeal reversed a visitation order as an improper delegation of judicial authority.

            In re Jacob C., B193154 (unpublished).  The dispositional order in a dependency matter was reversed because there was no showing that there were no other reasonable means to protect the child.

            People v. Oates, E042645 (unpublished).  The Court of Appeal modified the sentence so that concurrent, rather than consecutive, sentences ordered.

            People v. Beltran, G037052 (unpublished).  The appellant’s sentence was reversed, and case remanded for resentencing.

2006

            Avina v. Macias, G035209 (unpublished).  I represented the appellants in this appeal concerning a breach of contract for the sale of real property.  Our clients lost at trial, but I secured a full reversal and retrial, based on the legal argument they had presented substantial evidence of part performance and equitable estoppel sufficient to take the agreement outside the operation of the statute of frauds.

            Bren v. Superior Court, G036650 (unpublished).  I obtained a writ of mandate, directing the trial court to vacate its order requiring the petitioner to testify in a misdemeanor matter, notwithstanding the fact she had invoked her rights under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

            Prosser v. Osborne, B183512 (unpublished).  Representing the Respondent, we secured the dismissal of a portion of the appellant’s appeal on procedural grounds, and an affirmance of the balance of the trial court’s orders.

            People v. Au, G035711 (unpublished).  The Court of Appeal reversed a restitution order because the appellant was not provide the notice required by Due Process Clause.

            People v. Williams, E037477 (unpublished).  The Court of Appeal struck sentence enhancements.

2005

            In re Marriage of Land, G034975 (unpublished).  The Court reversed an order modifying child support, finding the trial court erred in imputing the husband’s new spouse’s benefits to him and in failing to account for tax implications.

            In re Andres R., B180830 (unpublished).  The judgment was partially reversed and the case remanded for a paternity determination.

            People v. Merchant, E033887 (unpublished).  The Penal Code section 12022.7 enhancements were stricken.

            People v. Sanchez, E034555 (unpublished.)  The Court agreed there were multiple sentencing errors.

            People v. Ross, E035782 (unpublished).  I secured a partial reversal with direction the trial court consider a motion for new trial.

2004

            In re Marriage of O’Brien, G032608 (unpublished).  The Court of Appeal not only agreed with our arguments on behalf of the Respondent concerning the “home state”of the child, it also awarded us sanctions for the appellant’s frivolous appeal.

            Royas v. Superior Court, B179438.  The Court of Appeal granted our writ petition, requiring the trial court to dismiss the entire lawsuit against our client, the defendant, because the action violated Civil Code section 43.5, the “anti-heart-balm” statute.

            Adoption of Joshua S., D042100 (unpublished).  The Court of Appeal vacated a “presumed parent” finding.

            In re B.B., B167949 (unpublished).  The trial court’s orders were reversed because the Department’s attempts to notify the father were Constitutionally inadequate.

            In re Force, G032966 (unpublished).  Our petition for writ of habeas corpus was granted, directing trial court to hold evidentiary hearing.

            People v. Williams, E033166 (unpublished).  The Court agreed there were sentencing errors pursuant to Penal Code section 654.

            People v. Virgle, G032407 (unpublished).  Life sentences were vacated with direction the court substitute the minimum parole eligibility date.

2003

            In re Kevin S. (2003) 113 Cal. App. 4th 97.  This was a case of first impression establishing that, pursuant to the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, protective measures applicable to adult criminal appeals also applied in juvenile delinquency matters.

            In re C.D. (2003) 110 Cal.App.4th 214.  In the unpublished portion of the opinion, the Court of Appeal agreed there was insufficient evidence of a history of drug and alcohol use and reversed a portion of the dispositional order.

            Adoption of Christopher C., G031723 (unpublished).  The Court of Appeal agreed with our arguments, representing an adoption agency, and reversed the trial court’s ruling that the birth parent had not been adequately advised prior to executing a relinquishment.

            In re Glenda G., B165585 (unpublished).  The Court of Appeal reversed the denial of a Welfare and Institutions Code section 388 petition, agreeing with our argument that our client, and out-of-state father, had taken sufficient actions to establish his parental rights.

            In re M. T., C042899 (unpublished).   The Court of Appeal reversed the denial of a Welfare and Institutions Code section 388 petition agreeing appellant’s personal appearance had not been required at trial.

            In re Justine J., B158212 (unpublished).  The Court of Appeal reversed an order terminating my client’s “de facto parent” status.

            People v. Coryell & Darden (2003) 110 Cal.App.4th 1299.  As to my client, the Court of Appeal reversed a conviction of vehicle theft, agreeing he could not be convicted of both carjacking and unlawful taking and driving a vehicle, as well as staying another portion of a sentence pursuant to Penal Code section 654.

            People v. Grissom, C036853 (unpublished).  Convictions for grand theft and theft or embezzlement from an elder were reversed because of the failure to instruct on a “claim-of-right” defense.

            People v. Flores, E031344 (unpublished).  A second degree murder conviction was reversed because of instructional error.

            People v. Salzar, E031903 (unpublished).  Firearm enhancements were stricken.

2002

            Aps Sports Collectibles, Inc., v. Sports Time, Inc. et al. (7th Cir 2002) 299 F.3d 624.  The Court of Appeals agreed with our position, representing the appellees (or respondents) that where a borrower and its principals sold the stock of the borrower to successor, which transferred most of borrower's assets to itself, an unpaid lender could not recover from the principals under Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act, as they were not "debtors."

            In re Karen C. (2002) 101 Cal.App.4th 832.  In this case the court held that  California’s “presumed father” statutes of the Uniform Parentage Act also applied to mothers.

            MacDonald v. City of Brea Police Department, G028372 (unpublished).  In this wrongful death action, on behalf of the mother of the decedent, we obtained a reversal of a summary judgment in favor of the defendant, arguing there were numerous triable issues of fact concerning a waiver allegedly signed by the decedent.

            Hanson v. Grode, B149531 (unpublished).  I obtained the reversal of a judgment imposed against the plaintiff after his request for a continuance at the outset of trial on the ground his attorney had abandoned him was denied.

            King v. Kincade, G030103 (unpublished).  We obtained the reversal of a restraining order issued pursuant to the Domestic Violence Prevention Act, Family Code section 6200, et seq., on the grounds of insufficiency of the evidence.

            In re Marriage of Owen, G028510 (unpublished).  The Court of Appeal reversed a judgment annulling a marriage, agreeing with our arguments that pre-marital promises concerning the type of marriage the parties would have was insufficient to establish “fraud.”

            Nettleman v. Aesculap, Inc., E027555 (unpublished).  The Court of Appeal reversed a sanctions order.

            In re Graham A., B153683 (unpublished).  A custody order was reversed because the trial court erroneously had delegated the question of visitation to the  minor.

            In re Cypress Q., B156670 (unpublished).  The Court of Appeal reversed an order terminating the grandparents’ guardianship.

            In re J.D., C038997 (unpublished).  The Court of Appeal reversed an order granting a petition for disclosure of juvenile court records. 

2001

            Adoption of Alexander M. (2001) 94 Cal.App.4th 403.  I represented the adopting parents’ opposing an appeal by a birth father and in pursuing their own petition for writ of mandate.  The Court of Appeal granted our writ petition, commanding the superior court to hold a hearing on the adopting parent’s petition to terminate the birth father’s parental rights under Family Code section 7664, subdivision (b).

            In re Janet T. (2001) 93 Cal.App.4th 377.  We secured a ruling that the trial court lacked jurisdiction to declare children dependents under the Welfare and Institutions Code because there was no current risk of harm to the children.

            Adoption of Baby Boy D. (2001) 93 Cal.App.4th 1.  Representing adopting parents, we secured a reversal of a trial court’s ruling that a child had to be returned to the birth mother and a ruling that the relinquishment signed by the birth mother had been valid and binding.

            In re Santos Y. (2001) 92 Cal.App.4th 1274.  Representing the adopting parents, I first obtained a stay of a trial court order directing the child be delivered to the custody of an Indian reservation in Minnesota. The Court of Appeal then reversed the trial court’s ruling and found the application of the Indian Child Welfare Act to this child was “unconstitutional under the Fifth, Tenth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.”

            Adoption of Daniele G.(2001) 87 Cal.App.4th 1392.  An order denying guardianship was reversed because the trial court did not apply the correct "detriment" and "best interest" standard, set forth in Family Code section 3041.

            In re Steven H. (2001) 86 Cal.App.4th 1023.  I secured reversal of an order terminating parental rights.  The Court of Appeal first ruled a client need not personally authorize an appeal if the basis of the appeal was improper notice of the trial court proceedings, then that Welfare and Institutions Code section 366.23, subdivision (b)(5)(B) required notice of the lower court hearing be given to the grandparents if the parent could not be located.

            Hughes v. Hardin, E029728 (unpublished).  The Court of Appeal agreed with our position, as respondents, in this commercial matter concerning contract terms and conditions precedent.

            Macgillivray  v. Wicke, B160654 (unpublished).  I obtained a reversal of a judgment on the pleadings in a legal malpractice action.

            In re Kyiesha H., B149761 (unpublished).  The termination of parental rights was reversed because of inadequate notice.

            In re Teresa H., B145480 (unpublished).  The Court of Appeal agreed the trial court had denied appellant due process of law and acted in excess of its jurisdiction when it terminated appellant’s guardianship.

            In re Daniel H., E027823, (unpublished).  An order appointing a conservator under the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act was reversed for failure to comply with procedural requirements.

            In re Jeffrey V., B143140 (unpublished).  An order summarily denying a Welfare and Institutions Code section 388 petition was reversed. 

            People v. Jacobs, G026510 (unpublished).  This murder conviction was reversed because shackling the defendants denied them their Constitutional right to a fair trial, and admission of hearsay statements denied their right to confrontation.

            People v. Sanchez, B144410 (unpublished).  A conviction for receiving stolen property was reversed.

2000

            Adoption of Michael W., B120134 (unpublished).  Representing the adopting parents, we obtained a reversal of the trial court’s order denying their adoption petition and an order that the trial court grant their adoption petition.

            Chapman v. Superior Court, G026664 (unpublished).  A sanctions order was vacated.

            In re Jonathan H., B134105 (unpublished).  An order terminating parental rights was reversed because the mother did not receive notice required by law.

            In re Kristian K., B134984 (unpublished).  An order denying a Welfare and Institutions Code section 388 petition was reversed.

            In re Francisco A., B130879 (unpublished).  An order denying a contested Welfare and Institutions Code section 366.26 hearing was reversed.

            People v. Shipman, E025619 (unpublished).  The Court reversed a conviction on a count of “false personation,” Penal Code section 529.

            People v. Hill, E024976 (unpublished).  Enhancements for association with a criminal street gang and firearm use reversed.

            People v. Smith, F031782 (unpublished).  An order denying a Pitchess motion was reversed.

1999

            Adoption of Baby Girl B. (2001) 74 Cal.App.4th 43.  The Court of Appeal reversed an order denying a proposed adopting parent an evidentiary hearing on her adoption petition.

1998

            Howe v. Regent Villa, et al., B114557 (unpublished).  We secured a reversal of a summary judgment against the plaintiff in a breach of contract action based on inadequate nursing home care.

1997

            In re Marriage of Rebecca & David R. (1997) 54 Cal.App.4th 471 [subsequently ordered not to be published]. In this case of first impression, the Court of Appeal reversed an order requiring a non-biological father to pay child support.

1996

            In re Alexandria Y. (1996) 45 Cal.App.4th 1483.  The Court of Appeal agreed with my arguments, advanced on behalf of the minor, that the Indian Child Welfare Act did not apply to this child who had no connection to the Indian tribe seeking custody.

            In re Bridget R. (1996) 41 Cal.App.4th 1483.  The Court of Appeal agreed with my original arguments the Indian Child Welfare Act constituted an unconstitutional violation of the Fifth, Tenth an Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution in cases in which a child’s biological parents have no significant connection to an Indian tribe or reservation life.  To my knowledge, this is the first time any Federal Indian legislation has been declared unconstitutional in the history of United States law.

1995

            In re Paul E. (1995) 39 Cal.App.4th 996.  The Court of Appeal reversed the trial court’s order removing the minor from his parents home.

            In re Vanessa P. (1995) 38 Cal.App.4th 1763.  The Court of Appeal reversed an order of the trial court and ordered my clients, the aunt and uncle of an orphaned girl, had “de facto parent” standing because the aunt had been nominated as guardian by the mother.

            Fidopiastis v. Hirtler (2005) 34 Cal.App.4th 1458 [subsequently ordered not published].  I secured the reversal of a summary judgment against the plaintiff who had suffered a sports injury because there was a coach-student relationship between the parties, which required different “assumption of risk” rules apply.

1994

            In re David D. (1994) 28 Cal.App.4th 941.  The Court of Appeal reversed the lower court’s judgment terminating parental rights because the trial court had not required the implementation of a reasonable reunification plan.

1993

            Johnson v. Calvert (1993) 5 Cal.4th 84.  I briefed and argued this landmark surrogacy case on behalf of the minor.  The Supreme Court adopted my Constitutional analysis, upholding the surrogacy agreement.

            In re Zacharia D. (1993) 6 Cal.4th 435.  The California Supreme Court granted my petition, filed on behalf of the minor, and subsequently ruled its Kelsey S. standards applied to dependency cases.

            In re Brittany S. (1993) 17 Cal.App.4th 1399.  The Court of Appeal reversed the termination of parental rights because the mother had not been granted reasonable visitation.  This case is known for the comment there is no “‘go to prison, lose your child’” rule in California.

            In re Joshua G. (1993) 14 Cal.App.4th 242 [subsequently ordered not published].  The Court of Appeal reversed an order terminating parental rights because the trial court set the hearing prematurely.

1992

            In re Anita G. (1992) 15 Cal.App.4th 1044 [subsequently ordered not published].  An order terminating parental rights was reversed because the standard applied was not Constitutionally adequate.

1991

            In re Allison H. (1991) 230 Cal.App.3d 1154.  An order terminating a father’s parental rights was reversed because his consent was necessary because he was a presumed father.

1990

            In re Baby Boy M. (1990) 221 Cal.App.3d 475.  An order terminating the biological mother’s parental rights was reversed because she had neither abandoned nor relinquished her child.

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17621 Irvine Blvd., Suite 200, Tustin, CA 92780
714-731-5572
855-All-CalAppeals
855-255-2252
jdodd@appellate-law.com

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