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 has co-authored ten briefs filed in the United States Supreme Court and a dozen more in the federal and state courts of appeals. He served as second chair before the Supreme Court in Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation v. Wall-Street.com, and he is lead appellate counsel in appeals before the Second and Ninth Circuits. Mr. Stokes’s appeals include three nine-figure ERISA class actions, a prisoner civil rights case presenting novel questions of federal law, and two high-stakes intellectual property disputes.
Mr. Stokes also maintains an active trial court practice, focused on developing litigation strategy and briefing dispositive motions. He has argued multiple motions before federal and state trial courts. His trial court matters include a complex healthcare dispute for a Fortune 500 company, a first-of-its-kind financial services case, and a nine-figure false advertising and defamation case.
Mr. Stokes received his J.D. from Yale Law School. After law school, Mr. Stokes 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.
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