Enrique A. Monagas is Senior Counsel in the Century City office of Sklar Kirsh, LLP. He practices in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. The Hispanic National Bar Association and the National LGBT Bar Association have each recognized Mr. Monagas as a “Top Lawyer Under 40.” The Recorder named him as a lawyer on the “Fast Track,” recognizing attorneys whose early accomplishments indicate they will be tomorrow’s top lawyers and leaders.
Mr. Monagas’ practice focuses primarily on business, intellectual property, entertainment, and constitutional matters. He has represented clients before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the California Supreme Court, and other state and federal courts. Representative matters include:
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Monagas served as a Deputy Attorney General at the California Department of Justice and as an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. While serving as a Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Monagas represented California in federal challenges to the Trump Administration’s travel ban and the ban on military service by transgender individuals.
At Gibson Dunn, Mr. Monagas was a core member of the team that secured the landmark victories in the federal challenge to California’s ban on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8. (Hollingsworth v. Perry, 570 U.S. 693 (2013).) His work is featured in HBO’s documentary “The Case Against 8,” and the books “Forcing the Spring” and “Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality.” In addition, Mr. Monagas was trial counsel for the plaintiffs fighting for the rights of disenfranchised children in Vergara v. California—the education equality case—which The Wall Street Journal editorial board described as “a school reform landmark” and The New York Times editorial board described as “open[ing] a new chapter in the equal education struggle” and “underscore[ing] a shameful problem that has cast a long shadow over the lives of children, not just in California but in the rest of the country as well.”
Mr. Monagas is admitted to practice law in the State of California. He has handled cases in states across the country and in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Mr. Monagas currently serves on the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Judicial Appointments Committee, which responds to the Governor’s requests to evaluate individuals under consideration for appointment to the Superior Court bench.
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