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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.


Public entities throughout California have retained us to represent them on appeal in a variety of disputes in areas as diverse as inverse condemnation, land use, contracts and employment, and civil rights claims against municipalities and officers under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and comparable state laws.

Contact Jason R. Litt or John A. Taylor, Jr. for more information about our Public Entity Liability practice.

County of Santa Clara v. Superior Court

California Supreme Court holds emergency medical service providers may maintain reimbursement actions against publicly operated health care service plans.

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Brown v. El Dorado Union High School District

California Court of Appeal affirms dismissal of football injury lawsuit against high school district, finding no evidence of gross negligence and clarifying summary judgment procedure.

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Birden v. Regents of the University of California

California Court of Appeal reverses award of economic damages against Horvitz & Levy’s client in workplace discrimination and harassment action

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Rios v. The Regents of the University of California

California Court of Appeal affirms dismissal of employment action for plaintiff’s failure to exhaust administrative remedies

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Hardesty v. Sacramento County

Horvitz & Levy persuades Ninth Circuit to vacate $105 million verdict against Sacramento County in constitutional challenge to the County’s enforcement of mining regulations

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Estate of Morad v. City of Long Beach

Ninth Circuit affirms judgment for City of Long Beach, police chief, and police officer in excessive force case

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Bennett v. Rancho California Water District

Horvitz & Levy persuades Court of Appeal to reverse a jury verdict awarding plaintiff over $800,000 against a public entity for alleged whistleblower retaliation

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City of San Juan Capistrano v. Cal. Public Utilities Comm'n

Representing amicus curiae San Diego Gas & Electric (Sempra), Horvitz & Levy persuades Ninth Circuit to affirm the dismissal of an action seeking to derail Sempra’s construction project.

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Strategic Concepts, LLC v. Beverly Hills Unified School District

California Court of Appeal applies conflict of interest law to reverse $23 million breach of contract judgment against school district.

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Trinity River Lumber Company et al. v. Weaverville Community Services District

California Court of Appeal finds public water district immune from liability for failure of water system to furnish sufficient water to extinguish a fire

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Bertsch v. Mammoth Community Water District

California Court of Appeal issues published opinion affirming summary judgment for community association and water district in skateboard injury case

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Donaho v. County of Yuba

California Court of Appeal rules that public entity is not liable for placement of bus stop near freeway.

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Foli v. Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Ninth Circuit rejects challenge to water district's fluoridation program.

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Hayden v. California State University

San Diego County Superior Court denies petition for writ of mandate challenging California State University's fees for summer school.

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Border Business Park, Inc. v. City of San Diego

California Court of Appeal reverses $91.7 million inverse condemnation award against City of San Diego.

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Lewis Jorge Const. Management, Inc. v. Pomona Unified School Dist.

California Supreme Court holds that contractor’s damages against school district for breaching construction contract do not include alleged lost profits attributed to impaired bonding capacity.

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California Water Impact Network, Inc. v. Castaic Lake Water Agency

California Court of Appeal brief arguing that the Castaic Lake Water Agency properly complied with the California Environmental Quality Act when it purchased thousands of acre feet of water from a water banking program jointly run by two water storage districts.

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Metropolitan Water Dist. of Southern California v. Imperial Irrigation Dist.

California Court of Appeal brief seeking to uphold the water district's methodology for setting rates chargeable to third parties seeking to "wheel" or transport water through client's water conveyance system.

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