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.
Loren Beck is a seasoned litigator with substantial managerial experience in the healthcare provider space. Before joining Stris & Maher, Mr. Beck served as President and Chief Legal Officer of Cliffside Malibu, a nationally-recognized leader in addiction treatment. During his tenure at Cliffside, Mr. Beck oversaw an over four–fold growth of the business and played a key role in orchestrating Cliffside’s sale to a private equity investor.
Prior to working at Cliffside, Mr. Beck practiced for nine years as a commercial litigator, representing plaintiffs and defendants in various business disputes, including a high-profile case involving hundreds of millions of dollars in questionable bond trades. In addition to his high-stakes securities cases, Mr. Beck has litigated a wide variety of commercial disputes involving breaches of contract, insurance coverage, partnership disputes, construction and real estate, professional negligence, and fraud.
Mr. Beck earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell College and his J.D. from Loyola Law School. He has been a guest lecturer at Berkeley Law and has served as President of the Century City Bar Association.
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.
Mr. Geyser is a member of the firm’s nationally recognized U.S. Supreme Court and appellate practice. Since joining the firm in 2016, he has worked in a significant capacity on nearly every major appeal the firm has handled. For instance, he led the briefing in Fourth Estate v. Wall-Street.com, a unanimous Supreme Court victory for the firm’s client in 2019, and led the drafting of the successful petition for certiorari in Thole v. U.S. Bank, N.A. Mr. Geyser also has an active practice before the federal circuits. For example, he successfully argued a bankruptcy appeal that convinced the Ninth Circuit to create a circuit split by rejecting a decision of the First Circuit.
Prior to joining Stris & Maher, Mr. Geyser served nearly four years as an Assistant Solicitor General in the Office of the Solicitor General of Texas. In that capacity, he served as lead appellate counsel in over fifteen appeals and argued in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (four times), the Texas Supreme Court (two times), and intermediate Texas appellate courts (six times). He also regularly advised attorneys on appellate and trial strategy and assisted other attorneys in oral-argument preparation. Mr. Geyser is a recipient of the National Association of Attorneys General’s Best Brief Award for excellence in brief-writing before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Geyser has extensive experience in a wide variety of substantive fields, including administrative law, arbitration, Article III, bankruptcy, intellectual property, class actions, civil rights, consumer protection, employment discrimination, environmental law, ERISA, First Amendment, Medicaid fraud, state sovereign immunity, and taxation.
Mr. Geyser received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Notes Editor on the Columbia Law Review, a three-time James Kent Scholar, and a recipient of the Young B. Smith Prize and the Richard J. Lipson and Paul S. Lipson Prize. After graduation, Mr. Geyser clerked for the Honorable A. Raymond Randolph of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Mr. Geyser graduated from Stanford University with honors in Economics.
Hanna Chandoo is an associate in Stris & Maher’s Los Angeles office. Ms. Chandoo is regularly staffed on the firm’s complex business litigation matters.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Chandoo practiced with a plaintiff-side employment firm where she litigated cases on behalf of workers, including professors, healthcare professionals, high-profile company executives, truck drivers, and construction laborers. She also litigated wage and hour class actions. She has briefed dispositive motions, prepared witnesses for trial, and played significant roles in mediations and settlement negotiations.
Ms. Chandoo graduated second in her class from Whittier Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Whittier Law Review and Administrative Justice of the Moot Court Honors Board. Ms. Chandoo also published two student comments, was a semi-finalist in the John J. Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition, and received the highest grade in seventeen of her classes. Ms. Chandoo received her B.A. from Smith College.
Ms. Chandoo is proficient in Kiswahili, Urdu, and Spanish.