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), Carter v. Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC ($32 million; D.D.C. 2011) and Brown v. Medicis ($7.2 million; D.D.C 2015, sexual harassment class action case). 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.
Mr. Mehri served as co-lead counsel in the Pars Equality Center case challenging the Trump Travel Ban, and was cited favorably by both Supreme Court dissents.
Corporate Counsel magazine described Mr. Mehri as “the one who pushed racial discrimination suits to the top of Corporate America’s agenda.” 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.”