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Washington, DC’s Best Lawyers: Cyrus Mehri

Cyrus Mehri is a founding partner of the law firm Mehri & Skalet, PLLC. Mr. Mehri has served as co-lead class counsel in some of the largest and most significant race and gender cases in U.S. history: Roberts v. Texaco Inc., ($176 million; S.D.N.Y. 1997); Ingram v. The Coca-Cola Company ($192 million; N.D. Ga. 2001); Robinson v. Ford Motor Company ($10 million and 279 apprentice positions; S.D. Ohio 2005); August-Johnson v. Morgan Stanley ($47 million; D.D.C. 2007); Amachoev v. Smith Barney ($34 million; N.D. Cal. 2008); Norflet v. John Hancock Life Insurance Co. ($24 million; D. Conn. 2009), and Carter v. Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC ($32 million; D.D.C. 2011). The hallmark of these settlements is innovative programmatic relief, including the creation of new selection procedures for advancement.

Mr. Mehri also helped create the “Rooney Rule” which has resulted in a record number of minority head coaches and general managers in the National Football League. In addition, he helped to develop the NFL Player Assessment Test which assesses the non-physical, cognitive and psychological attributes of prospective NFL players. In 2003, Mr. Mehri co-founded the Fritz Pollard Alliance, a not-for-profit dedicated to diversity in the NFL coaching, scouting and front office ranks. Mr. Mehri has served as counsel for this not-for-profit for over ten years.

Fast Company magazine said: “He is something of a one-man army in the battle against business as usual. . . [H]is impact – both in terms of penalties and remedies – is undeniable.” The New York Times said “Mr. Mehri’s vision for corporate America involves sweeping change, not the piecemeal kind.”

Mehri & Skalet, PLLC
1250 Connecticut Ave. NW Suite 300 | Washington, DC 20036