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Horvitz & Levy is a solutions-based firm focused on appellate success. We are distinguished by our commitment to responsive service and on-going innovation in the areas of civil appellate litigation, amicus curiae support, and trial strategy consultation.

Our firm history, honors and awards, and locations speak to our collaborative approach and commitment to serving clients as well as the outstanding legal resources we bring to bear.

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We are committed to public service. Many of our attorneys devote substantial time to bar association and judicial committees. Most importantly, the firm regularly makes its appellate expertise available in a varied array of pro bono cases.

The firm has handled appeals—as counsel both for parties and for amici curiae in the United States and California Supreme Courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the California Court of Appeal—on behalf of or in conjunction with such groups as the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, The Alliance for Children’s Rights, Public Counsel, and NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund. Our pro bono cases have included issues concerning foster care benefits, political asylum, the federal Violence Against Women Act, access to the courts to seek child support, the appellate rights of prisoners litigating civil cases without counsel, and the right of indigent litigants to waivers of court fees.

Contact David S. Ettinger for more information about our Pro Bono practice.

Byrd v. Phoenix Police Dep't

Ninth Circuit reverses dismissal of prisoner's civil rights claims.

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Nance v. Miser

Ninth Circuit reverses dismissal of Muslim prisoner's religious liberty claims.

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Hahn v. Waddington

Ninth Circuit reverses dismissal of prisoner’s civil rights claims.

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Armstrong v. Kaplon

Ninth Circuit reaffirms that criminal restitution orders are not dischargeable in bankruptcy.

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Byrd v. Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

Ninth Circuit reverses dismissal of prisoner civil rights claims.

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Santos M. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County

California Court of Appeal rules for H&L pro bono clients in family law dispute over eligibility for immigration relief.

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Sheehe v. Kihagi

California Court of Appeal rules for H&L pro bono client in rent control dispute.

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Garity v. APWU National Labor Organization

Ninth Circuit reverses dismissal of ADA lawsuit against union.

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Harbor Missionary Church Corporation v. City of San Buenaventura

Ninth Circuit reverses denial of preliminary injunction to permit church to keep homeless ministry open.

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Escobedo v. Apple American Group

Ninth Circuit issues published opinion for pro bono client, clarifies rules for indigent litigants.

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Sio v. Lynch

Ninth Circuit overturns order to deport pro bono client.

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Falcon v. Farley

Ninth Circuit reverses summary judgment against pro bono client in First Amendment Case.

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Sqrow v. A.G.M.G.H. Five, the Ranch Limited Partnership

California Court of Appeal permits low-income seniors to proceed with challenge to 144-percent rent increase.

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R.R. v. H.F.

California Court of Appeal orders trial court to enforce mother's rights to legal custody and reconsider her request for greater visitation with her now six-year-old child.

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Gonzales v. California Department of Corrections

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reverses dismissal of civil rights claims.

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Jimenez v. Holder

United States government dismisses removal proceedings against immigrant family.

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S. R. v. Superior Court

Superior court grants domestic violence victim’s request for a waiver of court fees after Court of Appeal issues alternative writ of mandate.

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In re Pineda

Horvitz & Levy petition to California Supreme Court results in reconsideration of ruling against abused minor.

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Silverbrand v. County of Los Angeles

California Supreme Court extends “prison delivery rule” to notices of appeal in civil cases.

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Durando v. County of Los Angeles

Adoptive parents of disabled children obtain public benefits.

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The Alliance for Children's Rights v. L.A. County Dept. of Children & Family Services

California Court of Appeal upholds juvenile court’s authority to monitor social workers’ visitation of dependent foster children.

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Reed v. United Teachers Los Angeles

California Court of Appeal amicus brief supporting settlement agreement that halted seniority-based layoffs in low performing schools.

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Chavez v. City of Los Angeles

California Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of public interest organizations in dispute over availability of attorney fees in low-damage discrimination cases.

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Caso Campo Algodonero

Amici curiae brief in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on behalf of various women's and human rights organizations, supporting claims against Mexico under the American Convention on Human Rights and the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment, and Eradication of Violence Against Women.

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Chen v. Mukasey

Ninth Circuit brief for a man denied asylum and relief from religious persecution under the Convention Against Torture.

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