John Stokes is an associate in Stris & Maher’s Los Angeles office. He joined the firm in 2017 after completing clerkships on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Mr. Stokes plays a significant role in the firm’s appellate and trial court matters. He has co-authored six briefs filed in the United States Supreme Court, along with a petition for rehearing en banc filed in the Eighth Circuit. He is currently leading appeals for the firm in multiple federal courts of appeals. He has also advised on litigation strategy and briefing dispositive motions in trial court, including for a Fortune 500 company in a complex, high-stakes healthcare dispute, a multi-million dollar pension class action, and a $50 million false advertising and defamation case.
Mr. Stokes received his J.D. from Yale Law School. While in law school, he served as a law clerk at the United States Attorney’s Offices in Brooklyn and Connecticut. In that capacity, he assisted in multiple trials as well as multiple appeals to the Second Circuit, primarily drafting briefs and helping prepare witnesses. His work helped obtain or affirm convictions of an organized crime syndicate, a drug-related arson-murder, and a child sexual abuser. After law school, Mr. Stokes clerked for the Honorable Raymond C. Fisher on the Ninth Circuit and the Honorable Paul G. Gardephe in 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.