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Terris, Pravlik & Millian, LLP


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.

Terris, Pravlik & Millian, LLP

1816 12th Street, NW
Suite 303
Washington, DC, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 682-2100

Firm Stats

Named Partners: Carolyn S. Pravlik & Kathleen L. Millian
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
1 - 50

Employment Contact

No. of U.S. Offices: 1

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Washington, DC

Major Departments

Civil Rights & Employment
Fee Award Litigation