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John Stokes

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John Stokes

  • Yale, J.D. (2014)
  • Harvard, A.B. (2011)

John Stokes is one of the nation’s leading young trial and appellate lawyers. He has successfully represented clients at all stages of litigation—from pre-litigation strategy to the U.S. Supreme Court.

John 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 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.

Chambers USA named John an Associate to Watch in 2021 and 2022 based on his “growing reputation for his abilities in significant appellate disputes.” Chambers has described him as “excellent,” noting that his “writing is clear, accurate, persuasive and forceful, but never pushy” and that his “arguments draw you in and make you want to agree.” John is the only associate ranked for appellate litigation in California. His work also helped the firm become a mainstay on The National Law Journal’s Appellate Hot List (4 awards in recent years).

John also maintains an active trial court practice, focused on litigation strategy and motion practice. He is one of two associates ranked nationally by Chambers USA for plaintiff’s-side ERISA litigation. He delivered closing argument following a highly-publicized six-day federal bench trial. He co-authored post-trial briefs in a nine-figure false advertising case that resulted in a zero-dollar award against the firm’s client. And he has repeatedly won complete pleading-stage dismissal of all claims against his clients.

John 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.

John received his undergraduate degree in linguistics from Harvard University, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Overview

John Stokes is one of the nation’s leading young trial and appellate lawyers. He has successfully represented clients at all stages of litigation—from pre-litigation strategy to the U.S. Supreme Court.

John 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 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.

Chambers USA named John an Associate to Watch in 2021 and 2022 based on his “growing reputation for his abilities in significant appellate disputes.” Chambers has described him as “excellent,” noting that his “writing is clear, accurate, persuasive and forceful, but never pushy” and that his “arguments draw you in and make you want to agree.” John is the only associate ranked for appellate litigation in California. His work also helped the firm become a mainstay on The National Law Journal’s Appellate Hot List (4 awards in recent years).

John also maintains an active trial court practice, focused on litigation strategy and motion practice. He is one of two associates ranked nationally by Chambers USA for plaintiff’s-side ERISA litigation. He delivered closing argument following a highly-publicized six-day federal bench trial. He co-authored post-trial briefs in a nine-figure false advertising case that resulted in a zero-dollar award against the firm’s client. And he has repeatedly won complete pleading-stage dismissal of all claims against his clients.

John 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.

John received his undergraduate degree in linguistics from Harvard University, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Clerkships

  • Hon. Raymond C. Fisher, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Hon. Paul G. Gardephe, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Admissions

State

  • California

Federal

U.S. Supreme Court

Second Circuit

Third Circuit

Sixth Circuit

Seventh Circuit

Eighth Circuit

Ninth Circuit

Tenth Circuit

Federal Circuit

Central District of California

Northern District of California

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