Mehri & Skalet attorneys have decades of public interest law experience and a passion for the pursuit of justice– for their clients and for society at large. Cyrus Mehri and Steven Skalet have committed their lives to effecting change through the practice of law. Each has received the highest legal and ethical standards ratings from Martindale-Hubbell, and together they have created a team that shares their ideals and maintains their standards of performance.
Cyrus Mehri is a founding partner of Mehri & Skalet, PLLC. He litigates cases involving discrimination, civil and consumer rights, and corporate fraud. Fast Company says, “He is something of a one-man army in the battle against business as usual... His impact – both in terms of penalties and remedies – is undeniable,” while the New York Times says, “Mr. Mehri’s vision for corporate America involves sweeping change, not the piecemeal kind.”
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.
In December 2012, former Missouri Insurance Commissioner and Affordable Care Act implementation director Jay Angoff returned to Mehri & Skalet after three years with HHS. In March 2010 Mr. Angoff was appointed to serve as the Director of the new HHS Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight.
Craig Briskin joined the Washington, D.C. office of Mehri & Skalet, PLLC in 2007 and became a partner in 2009. Mr. Briskin focuses his practice primarily on class actions related to antitrust, consumer and mortgage law. He is co-counsel with AARP Foundation Litigation in a series of cases that have secured important protections for spouses and family members of borrowers in the federal reverse mortgage program.
Heidi Burakiewicz is a partner at Mehri & Skalet, joining the firm in 2010. Ms. Burakiewicz focuses on cases brought pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and state wage and hour laws. She represents Unions in every aspect of the labor-management process and has handled cases on behalf of employees asserting free speech and association rights, challenging discrimination and retaliation, and to enforce their privacy rights.
N. Jeremi Duru, a Professor of Law at American University’s Washington College of Law, serves as “of counsel” to Mehri & Skalet. Before entering academia, Professor Duru was an associate at Mehri & Skalet, where he represented plaintiffs’ interests in employment discrimination and other civil rights matters. Much of Professor Duru’s work involved challenges to discriminatory employment practices in professional athletics.
Michael Lieder became “of counsel” to Mehri & Skalet in 2012. For the previous 21 years, Mr. Lieder was “of counsel,” a partner, and a member of Sprenger + Lang, PLLC. At that firm, he generally served as lead counsel or in another leading role in employment discrimination, ERISA, wage and hour, and consumer class action litigation.
Richard Condit became “of counsel” to Mehri & Skalet in 2015. He heads the firm’s Whistleblower Law practice, including cases involving whistleblower retaliation, disclosures to the SEC and other federal agencies, and false claims or fraud against the government or its contractors. Mr. Condit has over 25 years of experience working with whistleblowers of diverse backgrounds in a wide variety of industries, representing lawyers, doctors, bank executives, firefighters, social workers, police officers, engineers, and laborers.
Amelia Friedman joined Mehri & Skalet in September 2015 as a Find Justice Fellow. Her work focuses on the civil rights, employment discrimination, wage and hour, insurance and healthcare, whistleblower, and consumer protection aspects of the firm’s practice.
Joanna Wasik joined Mehri & Skalet in 2015 as an Associate Attorney. Her work focuses on the civil rights, consumer protection, and wage and hour aspects of the firm’s practice. Prior to joining Mehri & Skalet, Ms. Wasik served as law clerk to Judge J. Curtis Joyner on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and worked as an Associate at Freshfields, Bruckhaus, Deringer US LLP.
Karla Gilbride joined Mehri & Skalet in July 2011. Her work focuses on the civil rights, wage and hour, and consumer protection aspects of the firm’s practice. Before coming to Mehri & Skalet, Ms. Gilbride served as a law clerk to Judge Ronald Gould on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Seattle.
Robert DePriest joined Mehri & Skalet as an Associate Attorney in August 2015. His work focuses on civil rights litigation and Fair Labor Standards Act violations. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. DePriest worked as an attorney with The Brownell Law Firm, PC, where he defended federal employees in investigations, professional responsibility matters, and disciplinary actions.