Cyrus Mehri co-founded the Fritz Pollard Alliance along with the late Johnnie Cochran, Jr. in 2003. Cyrus Mehri is also a founding partner of the law firm of Mehri & Skalet, PLLC, and a founding principal of Working Ideal, a consulting company. Mr. Mehri has served as a 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 ($34million; 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. Medics ($72 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 served as co-lead counsel in the Pars Equality Center case challenging the Trump Travel Ban, which was cited favorably by both Supreme Court dissents.
Mr. Mehri also helped create the “Rooney Rule” which has resulted in a record number of minority head coaches and general managers in National Football League. Since the adoption of the Rooney Rule, 10 super bowl teams have been led by a minority coach or general manager. In addition, he helped to develop the NFL Player Assessment Test which assesses the non-physical, cognitive and psychological attributes of prospective NFL players.
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.”