Provided by John Stokes
John represents plaintiffs and defendants in courts across the country at all stages of litigation—from pre-litigation strategy to the U.S. Supreme Court. He has argued appeals in multiple federal circuits, given closing argument in a federal trial covered by the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and argued numerous motions in federal and state trial courts. His wide-ranging practice encompasses many areas of law, including copyright, trade secret, Lanham Act, contract, the Federal Arbitration Act, class actions, and many others. John has developed particular expertise in the law of ERISA and in cases involving complex procedural issues, especially questions of jurisdiction and standing.
On the plaintiff’s side, John has helped clients resuscitate cases with 9-figure damages. He has also successfully overturned defense judgments on appeal, and then personally litigated the case to a favorable resolution on remand. And he has crafted legal strategy that has led to successful nationwide litigation campaigns.
On the defense side, John has helped clients avoid 9-figure liability at trial and then defended that result on appeal. He has also won complete pleading stage dismissal for his clients in multiple cases, including a defamation case where the remaining defendant was hit with an eight-figure verdict at trial.
John’s work has helped the firm earn a place on the National Law Journal’s Appellate Hot List in four of the last six years. It has also helped the firm become a finalist for the American Lawyer’s Boutique Firm of the Year and earn a Band 1 nationwide ranking from Chambers for plaintiff’s-side ERISA litigation.
John graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College, attended Yale Law School, and then served as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul G. Gardephe (Southern District of New York) and the Honorable Raymond C. Fisher (Ninth Circuit).
Los Angeles-based John Stokes has experience assisting clients with ERISA class actions.
"John Stokes is a very, very smart younger lawyer." "John is a strong writer and always responsive and thoughtful."
John Stokes is an associate with a growing reputation for his abilities in significant appellate disputes, having argued cases before the Second and Ninth Circuits. He also appears in trial proceedings, advising in post-trial motions.
"John's writing is clear, accurate, persuasive and forceful, but never pushy. His arguments draw you in and make you want to agree." "John is always responsive and thoughtful."