Managing Partner: Peter K Stris
Number of partners: 7
Number of attorneys: 17
Stris & Maher is one of the nation’s premier trial and appellate boutiques. The firm handles complex, high-stakes, and high-profile business disputes in courts throughout the country, including the US Supreme Court. Stris & Maher's diverse client-base includes leading companies and their executives, government agencies and states, and other law firms.
With fewer than 20 lawyers, every case that the firm touches receives the attention of an elite and carefully structured team. It shows. At trial, on dispositive motions, and on appeal, Stris & Maher has delivered results to its clients in their most important matters. In the last two years alone, Stris & Maher won a 9-figure trial, three cases before the US Supreme Court, and more than a dozen appeals. The firm also resolved many cases in trial courts and arbitrations on dispositive motions or favorable settlement terms.
Stris & Maher's victories have earned the firm accolades typically reserved for the most elite large firms in the country. The firm was named to the National Law Journal’s elite Appellate Hot List in 2016 and again in 2018. It has been ranked by Chambers USA in two nationwide categories since 2017. And its lawyers have been individually recognized by Chambers USA, Law360, Benchmark Litigation, and other top publications.
Main Areas of Practice:
US Supreme Court & Appellate:
Stris & Maher handles complex appeals in state and federal appellate courts nationwide. The firm's deep bench routinely represents clients at the Supreme Court’s petition and merits stages. Most recently, Stris & Maher prevailed 9-0 in Fourth Estate v. Wall-Street.com, 139 S.Ct. 881 (U.S. 2019), a case that has been called the most important copyright decision of the year. The firm also represents clients in bet-the-company and other high-profile cases before lower appellate courts.
Complex Business Litigation:
Stris & Maher provides sophisticated solutions to clients seeking to bring or defend complex business lawsuits, resolve disputes prior to litigation, or resuscitate failing cases. Stris & Maher brings its appellate chops to bear in matters involving cutting-edge legal questions. The firm also excels in cases that are factually complex or involve one of its core areas of expertise, such as ERISA or IP litigation.
Intellectual Property Litigation:
Stris & Maher handles patent, copyright, and other IP matters nationwide at the trial level and on appeal. Its clients include Fortune companies (e.g., Barnes & Noble, McDonald’s, Cisco, and Aptiv) and leading private companies. The firm accepts both defense- and enforcement-side engagements. At the trial level, Stris & Maher has helped clients secure favorable (and often swift) resolutions before district courts throughout the nation (including California, Delaware, Texas, New York, and Illinois) in cases involving a variety of technologies. The firm also handles significant IP appeals. For example, the firm recently achieved a unanimous victory before the US Supreme Court in Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, No. 17-571, a case about the meaning of the Copyright Act’s registration requirement.