Steven A. Skalet is a principal and managing partner in the firm of Mehri & Skalet, PLLC. Mr. Skalet has over 40 years of litigation and transactional experience in real estate, consumer fraud, bank fraud and class action litigation.
Mr. Skalet began his career with the Washington, D.C. firm of Melrod, Redman & Gartlan, where he worked on a number of American Civil Liberties Union cases, including a case granting women the right to employment with the U.S. Park Service as park police.
Mr. Skalet enjoyed a varied litigation practice before state and federal courts throughout his career. From 1973 until the formation of M&S, Mr. Skalet practiced with Kass & Skalet, PLLC, (and its predecessor firms) a well-known real estate, litigation, complex business and consumer protection firm. His practice focused on real estate and litigation, including tenants’ rights, consumer class actions under the Truth-in-Lending and Equal Credit Opportunity acts.
In 2001, Mr. Skalet and Cyrus Mehri started the firm of Mehri & Skalet, PLLC, concentrating in complex litigation and class actions. The firm has developed a varied and successful litigation practice in state and federal courts. Since its inception, Mr. Skalet has been lead counsel or co-lead counsel in successful class action cases against Dell, Inc., Mercury Marine, Hewlett Packard, Sony, Ford, Verizon, Mitsubishi, Morgan Stanley, and many other companies.
Mr. Skalet has been an advisor to the Federal Reserve Board on credit and banking matters. He has served on the Montgomery County Advisory Committee reviewing the wholesale simplification of the Montgomery County Code. He also served on the District of Columbia Bar Committee responsible for drafting form commercial leases and the Montgomery County Board of Realtors committee responsible for drafting residential real estate contracts. He has been peer selected as a Super Lawyer and as a “Top Attorney in Washington DC.” Mr. Skalet is an officer and director of Public Justice, P.C, one of the premier non-profit public interest law firms in the country.
Mr. Skalet has actively participated in Community Associations Institute activities and was Chair of the District of Columbia Legislative Action Committee for many years. In 1999, and again in 2001, he was awarded the Public Advocate Award for his work on District of Columbia legislation. He is a frequent speaker and has authored numerous articles pertaining to real estate and community associations. He has been a long serving director of the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC
Mr. Skalet graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1971 and the University of Rochester in 1968. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife, Linda, and has two grown sons and three grandchildren. He is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bars as well as numerous federal courts.