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.
Ellen Eardley returned to Mehri & Skalet in October 2017 after spending two and a half years as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Civil Rights & Title IX at the University of Missouri, where she became the university's first Title IX administrator. At M&S, she practices civil rights and employment discrimination law while serving in a management capacity for the firm.
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.
Cleveland Lawrence III is Of Counsel at Mehri & Skalet. He is an expert on False Claims Act, whistleblower, fraud, and compliance issues, and has been a thought leader in the qui tam community for more than a decade. From 2008 to 2016, Cleveland led the Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund (TAFEF) and its sister organization, Taxpayers Against Fraud – first as Director of Legal Education and later as Co-Executive Director.
Brett Watson joined Mehri & Skalet in 2015 as a Find Justice Fellow. His work focuses on the civil rights, wage and hour, and consumer rights areas of the firm's practice. Prior to joining Mehri & Skalet, Mr. Watson was the Disability Rights Fellow at Brown, Goldstein & Levy LLP in Baltimore where he was involved in litigating a number of civil rights cases on behalf of individuals and advocacy organizations.
Joanna Wasik joined Mehri & Skalet in 2015 as an Associate Attorney. She works in all of the firm’s practice areas, with a focus on anti-discrimination matters. From 2013-2014, Ms. Wasik served as law clerk to Judge J. Curtis Joyner on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Retired U.S. District Judge U.W. Clemon (Chief Judge N.D. Alabama), joined Mehri & Skalet as Of Counsel on January 1, 2017. Judge Clemon was Alabama's first black federal judge, serving as the Chief Judge of the Northern District of Alabama from 1999-2006. Joining M&S gives him a chance to return to his roots in civil rights and other public spirited and complex litigation.
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.
Christine H. Monahan joined Mehri & Skalet in 2017 as an Associate Attorney. Her work focuses on the insurance, healthcare, and consumer protection aspects of the firm’s practice.
Prior to joining Mehri & Skalet, Ms. Monahan served as a law clerk to Judge Judith W. Rogers of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Ezra Bronstein joined Mehri & Skalet in 2018 as an Associate Attorney. His work focuses on the
whistleblower and consumer protection aspects of the firm’s practice. Prior to joining Mehri & Skalet, Mr. Bronstein served as Investigative Counsel at the Federal Housing Finance Agency Office of Inspector General where he directed the agency’s whistleblower operations and lead investigations of public corruption and complex white collar crimes.