Michelle Covington represents clients in a variety of complex litigation and employment matters. Her litigation experience includes representing clients in breach of fiduciary litigation, partnership disputes, financial services litigation, large breach of contract cases, and a variety of business torts. She also regularly represents both companies and executives in employment cases. In addition to her litigation work, Ms. Covington regularly counsels clients on employment matters such as employee handbooks and employee policies.
Ms. Covington received her J.D. from UC Berkeley Law School, Boalt Hall. While in law school, she served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Jon S. Tigar, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. She also served as Publishing Editor and Associate Editor of Ecology Law Quarterly and Articles Editor and Student Note Editor of Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law.
Ms. Covington received her B.A. from UC Berkeley, with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and her M.A. from San Francisco State University in Philosophy with a focus on ethics and philosophy of law. Outside of work, she is politically engaged and enjoys watching classic movies and playing board games.
Sarah Rahimi is an associate at Stris & Maher’s Los Angeles office, where she works on a range of litigation matters.
She received her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, where she specialized in Critical Race Studies, Public Interest Law and Policy, and International and Comparative Law. In law school, Ms. Rahimi served as the Chief Comments Editor of the UCLA Law Review and was a member of the UCLA Supreme Court Clinic and the UCLA International Human Rights Clinic. She also worked as a research assistant to two professors and interned at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and the American Civil Liberties Union. Ms. Rahimi earned a variety of awards, including the Masin Family Academic Excellence Gold Award for the highest grade in Constitutional Law.
Ms. Rahimi holds an undergraduate degree from UCLA in International Development Studies, where she graduated with Departmental Honors, College Honors, and Phi Beta Kappa. As a Departmental Scholar, she also earned an M.A. in Islamic Studies from UCLA.
Ms. Rahimi is fluent in German and Pashto and proficient in Spanish, French and Dari.
John Stokes is an associate in Stris & Maher’s Los Angeles office. He plays a significant role in the firm’s appellate and trial court matters.
Mr. Stokes works on many of the firm’s high-profile appeals. He served as second chair before the Supreme Court in Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation v. Wall-Street.com, a major copyright case in which the firm won a unanimous victory. He has also successfully argued appeals before the Second and Ninth Circuits. And he has co-authored successful briefs before the Supreme Court and multiple other federal courts of appeals.
Mr. Stokes’s appellate victories span a wide array of substantive areas. They include: a nine-figure pension class action, a patent case for a Fortune 100 company, a landmark environmental case against Volkswagen on behalf of government clients, a pension case defining the scope of available remedies under ERISA, and a prisoner civil rights case presenting novel questions of federal law. Mr. Stokes’s work helped the firm earn a place on The National Law Journal’s Appellate Hot List in both 2018 and 2019.
Mr. Stokes also maintains an active trial court practice, focused on developing litigation strategy and briefing and arguing dispositive motions. Mr. Stokes recently co-authored post-trial briefs in a nine-figure false advertising dispute that resulted in a zero-dollar award against the firm’s client. He also recently won complete pleading-stage dismissal of all claims against his clients in multiple cases, including a $10 million contribution claim in a hotly disputed defamation case.
Mr. Stokes received his J.D. from Yale Law School. After law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Raymond C. Fisher on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Honorable Paul G. Gardephe on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Mr. Stokes received his undergraduate degree in linguistics from Harvard University, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. His senior thesis received Harvard’s highest prize for undergraduate work. Mr. Stokes was also an All-American and academic All-American varsity athlete.