About Terris, Pravlik & Millian, LLP
Terris, Pravlik & Millian, LLP (“TPM”) is a litigation boutique based in Washington, DC, with a focus on environmental law and civil rights litigation. It was founded in 1970 as one of the nation’s first private public-interest law firms by the late Bruce J. Terris. Terris worked in the Office of the Solicitor General of the Department of Justice before founding, with others, the Center for Law and Social Policy, where he represented such figures as César Chávez and Ralph Nader. He brought his socially minded practice to his own private firm that eventually became Terris, Pravlik & Millian.
Today, the firm continues Terris’ mission with its focus on public interest. The firm’s fee schedule relies on fee-shifting through which the firm either seeks fees from the defendant in the litigation or offers its services at a significantly reduced rate.
Answering the SOS
TPM’s main practice areas are environmental law and civil rights litigation. The firm represents national environmental entities, as well as individuals and neighborhood groups. The firm is no stranger to the Supreme Court, with such notable environmental law cases as Friends of the Earth v. Laidlaw and Fri v. Sierra Club. On the civil rights side, the firm has litigated class actions and individual cases on a range of issues, including disability, Medicaid law, employment, fair housing, religious accommodation, and voting rights.
And while the firm may be small, no case is too big. The firm is ready to step up when it comes to class action litigation. For example, in a decade-long battle, the firm represented a class of children—ranging in age from three to five—against the District of Columbia for its failure to identify children with disabilities and transition them to services in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and local law. The firm prevailed in the case—D.L. v. District of Columbia—securing a comprehensive injunction.
1816 12th Street, NW
Washington, DC, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 682-2100
Named Partners: Carolyn S. Pravlik & Kathleen L. Millian
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
1 - 50
The firm says: "Salary is based on experience and is commensurate with the nonprofit sector."
Summer Associate Offers:
The firm does not offer a summer associate program but does hire two 1Ls or 2Ls per summer as law clerks.
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