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.