Who We Are
We specialize in trial and appellate litigation. Headquartered in Los Angeles, we maintain a national practice representing both plaintiffs and defendants. Our lawyers are talented, creative, and experienced. Our clients are companies, governments, law firms, and individuals who want innovative and effective solutions for their legal challenges.
We have substantial experience trying cases before juries, judges, and arbitrators. We approach every new case with trial in mind and work quickly to develop a deep understanding of the facts, law, and surrounding context. By getting to the bottom of each case, we can identify the potential paths to victory and offer our clients a complete strategic vision. And by seeking litigation advantages early, aggressively, and often, our lawyers position each case for its best resolution.
We also have one of the country’s leading appellate practices. Our lawyers regularly argue before the U.S. Supreme Court, and we routinely handle high-stakes appeals before federal and state appellate courts nationwide. Virtually all of our appellate specialists also have significant trial practices or advise on important trial-court matters. Our mastery of the entire litigation process ensures that our clients receive the soundest counsel at every stage.
Our staffing is lean and unleveraged. Our lawyers rely on ingenuity and efficiency to win cases. We maintain a high partner-to-associate ratio to ensure that every case receives the personal attention of our most experienced lawyers. And we hire star talent from top to bottom so that we can allocate work cost-effectively. Our track record of success with this approach allows us to consider a variety of fee structures, including contingency, hourly, and hybrid arrangements.
Our exciting cases and distinctive model attract a diverse group of high-caliber, entrepreneurial lawyers. All were top students, and many clerked for federal district or circuit court judges. Most importantly, each of them possesses the creativity, work ethic, and tenacity necessary to deliver our clients wins in the cases they care about most.
RecognitionAs one of the nation’s foremost litigation boutiques, we have earned some of the legal industry’s top awards, including:
Boutique Litigation Firm of the Year (finalist), The American LawyerThis award recognizes firms “at the core of industry-changing matters, leading the charge on their clients’ most important cases and operating at a level that sets them apart from their peers.” In 2019, we were one of seven finalists in the country.
Appellate Hot List, National Law JournalThis list highlights firms that have won at least one significant, high-stakes appellate victory in the prior year. Typically reserved for Am Law 100 firms, we are a three-time recipient of this award.
Chambers USAWe have been ranked in two nationwide categories, Appellate Law and ERISA.
Benchmark LitigationWe have been ranked as a “Recommended Firm” in California and a leading Los Angeles firm on this list of the world’s leading litigation firms and lawyers.
Top 20 Boutique Firms, Daily JournalThis leading California periodical named us one of California’s top 20 boutique firms.
Top 150 Under 150, VaultWe are one of the nation’s leading 150 law firms with fewer than 150 lawyers.
Pro BonoStris & Maher regularly represents clients in high-impact pro bono cases before courts throughout the country. We take pride in this important and rewarding work. Our lawyers have worked on a wide array of matters from democracy reform to civil rights. Committed to offering our pro bono clients exceptional representation, we grant our associates full credit toward billable hours for time spent on pro bono matters. Some of our recent, notable representations include:
- State of Vermont vs. Misch. We represented the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence in successfully urging the Vermont Supreme Court to uphold Vermont’s ban on large-capacity magazines. (Our amicus brief | Opinion)
- FCC v. Prometheus Radio Project. We represented The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to expand and support media ownership by members of historically disadvantaged groups, particularly people of color and women. (Our amicus brief)
- McDougal v. American Media, Inc. We represented model Karen McDougal in successful litigation against a major media organization over a contract that kept her from telling the story of her 2006-07 relationship with Donald Trump. (Case study)
- Trump v. State of New York. We represented a leading historian in arguing that the Fourteenth Amendment precludes the Trump Administration from excluding undocumented persons from the numerical basis used to apportion the House of Representatives. (Our amicus brief)
- Chiafalo v. State of Washington. We represented a group of historians and legal scholars in this case about the rights of presidential electors to vote for the candidate of their choice. (Our amicus brief)
- Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. ex rel. Grimm. We represented the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in this case advocating for transgender rights. (Our amicus brief). Slate called our brief detailing the similarity between race and transgender discrimination in the segregation of bathrooms a “trenchant history lesson.”