Peter Stris Named “Top 100” California Lawyer

Peter Stris has been named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal. This annual award celebrates California attorneys doing cutting-edge legal work, with an emphasis on the impact their work has on their clients and the legal profession.

Mr. Stris was selected for his courtroom successes—at trial and in appeals—in a wide range of complex business lawsuits throughout the country.

Read the Daily Journal profile of Mr. Stris here.

Peter Stris Named One of Los Angeles’ “Leaders of Influence: Litigators and Trial Lawyers”

The Los Angeles Business Journal has named Peter Stris to its prestigious list of “Leaders of Influence: Litigators and Trial Lawyers.”

“Based in Los Angeles, Peter Stris represents clients in complex business cases before trial and appellate courts nationwide, including the U.S. Supreme Court,” writes the Journal. “Stris has represented parties in dozens of high-stakes and high-profile business appeals throughout the nation.”

The Journal recognizes top litigators whose practices are based in the Los Angeles region. A copy of the Journal’s special section covering this award is available here.

Peter Stris Named Legal Lion for Victory Against Volkswagen

Law360 named Peter Stris a legal lion for his victory on behalf of government clients in The Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County, et al. v. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., et al., No. 18-15937, a nationally watched Ninth Circuit appeal with massive economic implications. (Legal Lion). Mr. Stris was also named a runner up for The Litigation Daily‘s Litigator of the Week. (Litigator of the Week).

Case coverage
U.S. Ruling Could Mean a Flood of New Claims Against Volkswagen (The New York Times, June 1, 2020)
9th Circ. Revives Post-Sale Claims In VW Emissions Suit (Law360, June 1, 2020)

Peter Stris Named Winner Of Managing IP’s Impact Case of the Year Award

Peter Stris was named a winner of Managing IP’s Impact Case of the Year award for his work before the U.S. Supreme Court in Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v., a case in which Mr. Stris prevailed 9-0. Additionally, earlier this year, Mr. Stris was named to Managing IP‘s short list for Outstanding Practitioner: Appellate.

Stris & Maher Announces Election of Three New Partners

Stris & Maher LLP is pleased to announce the election of three new partners. Justin Barnes, Victor O’Connell, and Radha Pathak join the firm’s partnership, effective January 1, 2020.

“We are delighted to welcome these talented litigators to the firm’s partnership. Justin, Victor, and Radha each embody our entrepreneurial spirit and have been a tremendous asset to our firm and clients,” said Stris & Maher Founding Partner Peter Stris. “We look forward to continuing our work alongside them as we build on our track record of success.”

Justin Barnes

Justin Barnes joined Stris & Maher as counsel in 2018. Mr. Barnes is a trial and appellate attorney whose practice focuses on high-stakes patent litigation. He has served as trial counsel at over half a dozen trials, has authored numerous briefs as well as argued before the Federal Circuit, and has been counsel on multiple cases before the Supreme Court. Mr. Barnes received his J.D. from UCLA.

Victor O’Connell

Victor O’Connell joined Stris & Maher in 2012 and is the firm’s first associate to be named partner. He often holds leading roles in the firm’s state and federal trial court matters, and has advised on several of the firm’s appellate and U.S. Supreme Court cases. Mr. O’Connell received his J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and was an editor of the Southern California Law Review.

Radha Pathak

Radha Pathak joined Stris & Maher full-time as counsel in 2018, having previously worked with the firm on high profile appellate cases. Ms. Pathak represents firm clients in high-stakes matters and high-impact pro bono cases in trial and appellate courts throughout the country. She previously was a tenured law professor at Whittier Law School. She served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Raymond C. Fisher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Ms. Pathak received her J.D., cum laude, from New York University Law School.

Stris & Maher Named to National Law Journal’s Appellate Hot List for Third Time in Four Years

Stris & Maher is honored to have been named to The National Law Journal’s Appellate Hot List in 2019. This is the third time in four years that the firm has been recognized. It was also recognized in 2016 and 2018.

The Appellate Hot List highlights law firms across the country that have handled exemplary appellate matters and have won at least one significant, high-stakes appellate victory. Of the 25 firms recognized this year, Stris & Maher was the only firm that is not on the AmLaw 100.

The firm had multiple appellate victories this year, including a 9-0 U.S. Supreme Court victory in Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. As Mr. Stris noted in Q&A with the publication highlighting this victory, “Over the last four U.S. Supreme Court terms, we won five of the nine merits cases we handled.” Mr. Stris credited this success to the appellate team’s talent and hard work. He also commented on the firm’s investment in its future: “Our junior lawyers hold significant roles on our cases. This year, they crafted strategy, drafted briefs, met with the Office of the Solicitor General, presented federal circuit court arguments and much more.”

Read Mr. Stris’ full Q&A with The National Law Journal here.

Bridget Asay Elected to American Academy of Appellate Lawyers

Stris & Maher LLP is pleased to announce that Bridget Asay has been elected as a Fellow to the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (AAAL). Ms. Asay is the first Vermont attorney to be invited to this prestigious Academy, where she joins co-founding partner and 2018 AAAL Fellow Peter Stris.

The AAAL was founded in 1990 to advance the administration of justice and encourage the highest standards of professionalism and advocacy in appellate courts. Prospective members must be nominated by a current Fellow, thoroughly vetted by the legal and judicial communities, and elected to the fellowship by the AAAL Board of Directors. The organization is limited to 500 lawyers, who must each “possess a reputation of recognized distinction as an appellate lawyer.”

“I am truly humbled to join such a talented group of appellate attorneys, especially one that includes my friend and colleague Peter Stris,” Ms. Asay said. “I look forward to learning from and sharing my experience with the other AAAL Fellows.”

Ms. Asay handles a wide variety of high-stakes appellate and trial court litigation at Stris & Maher. Prior to joining the firm in 2017, Ms. Asay handled appellate litigation for the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, where she was appointed as the first Solicitor General for the State of Vermont.

“Bridget is an extremely talented, highly experienced, and well-respected member of the appellate community,” said Mr. Stris of Ms. Asay’s election to the AAAL. “I am delighted to welcome her into the Academy.”

Stris & Maher Named as Finalist for The American Lawyer’s National Specialty/Boutique Litigation Firm of the Year

Stris & Maher is pleased to be selected as a finalist for The American Lawyer’s National Specialty/Boutique Litigation Firm of the Year. This prestigious honor highlights outstanding achievements in the legal profession. Editors from across the country analyzed hundreds of cases and dove deep into firms’ litigation departments and strategy to create a list of nominees who are on the cutting edge of the ever-changing legal landscape and consistently deliver big wins for their clients. The seven finalists for this year’s award are:

• Bartlit Beck
• Fish & Richardson
• Keker Van Nest & Peters
• Stris & Maher
• Susman Godfrey
• Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell
• Yetter Coleman

The finalists will be recognized at The American Lawyer National Industry Awards on December 4, 2019 at The Roosevelt in New York, New York, where a winner will be announced.

Read more here.

Stris & Maher Featured in Benchmark Litigation

Stris & Maher is honored to be named a 2019 California “Recommended” firm by Benchmark Litigation, as well as a leading Los Angeles/Century City/Irvine firm, in their annual list. These distinctions are limited to the top 35 firms in the each region. Benchmark also named firm partners Peter Stris and Elizabeth Brannen “Local Litigation Stars.” “Litigation Stars” are lawyers who are highly regarded by their peers and possess a strong case record and positive client feedback.

Benchmark’s guide identifies America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys, with a focus exclusively on US litigation. It identifies select firms and attorneys who have displayed the ability to consistently handle complex, high-stakes cases in multiple jurisdictions.

Read Benchmark profiles on Stris & Maher (here), Mr. Stris (here), and Ms. Brannen (here).

Law360 Covers Ninth Circuit’s Call on Government to Submit Brief in Case of Two Counties Against Volkswagen

Law360 wrote about a major development in EPC of Hillsborough County v. Volkswagen Group of America, No. 18-15937 (9th Cir.), featuring a comment from founding partner of Stris & Maher and lead appellate counsel for the counties, Peter Stris. The article is accessible here.

More on the case:

On August 22nd, the Ninth Circuit took a major step in a closely-watched case against Volkswagen arising out of emissions cheating that sparked a nationwide scandal several years ago. The court invited the U.S. Solicitor General and EPA to express their views about whether the federal Clean Air Act preempts state and local governments from enforcing their own laws against tampering with a car’s emission control system. In this case, Hillsborough County, Florida and Salt Lake County, Utah sued Volkswagen for tampering that occurred on cars within their borders. Although many states and counties have likewise sued the company for its misconduct, this is the first such case to reach a federal court of appeals.

The order comes after Mr. Stris argued the case before Judge Tallman, Judge Ikuta, and Judge N.R. Smith on August 6, 2019. Video of the argument can be found here.