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Mayer Brown Achieves Pro Bono Win for Family Violence Appellate Project

15 August 2014
Mayer Brown Article
Mayer Brown litigators in Palo Alto secured a significant win in a pro bono case for the Family Violence Appellate Project when the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District reversed the trial court’s denial of a domestic violence restraining order. The appellate court held that the lower court erred by requiring an individual seeking a restraining order against her ex-husband’s abuse to establish that she was not the “primary aggressor” during their altercations. The court determined that the error may have guided the trial court’s other findings and remanded the case. The team included partner Donald Falk and associates Hamsa Murthy, Jonathan Helfgott, and Jon Guss.

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