Mary Tanagho Ross

Mary Tanagho Ross

Pasadena, California

Mary Tanagho Ross is a human rights and civil rights attorney at Hadsell Stormer & Renick, LLP.
At Hadsell Stormer, Ms. Tanagho Ross represents employees in harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination matters where she upholds workers' rights, especially the rights of minorities.  Ms. Tanagho Ross has also litigated international human rights cases resulting in major victories for her clients. She litigates in both state and federal courts, in individual cases as well as class action cases.  Since joining the firm in 2012, her successful litigation in employment and human rights cases has protected the rights of employees and victims of exploitation.

In 2013, Ms. Tanagho Ross second-chaired a trial in which she and her co-counsel obtained a verdict in favor of a whistleblower-employee who had been retaliated against and terminated for opposing racial profiling and abusive practices at the Border Patrol.  Among other relief awarded to the employee, the judge ordered the employee be reinstated to his position.

After just two years in practice, Ms. Tanagho Ross was named to the Southern California Super Lawyers – Rising Stars list in 2013 and every year since then through 2016. Ms. Tanagho Ross has given guest lectures on civil rights, international human rights, and police misconduct at local universities. Ms. Tanagho Ross’ legal career began after completing a federal judicial law clerk. As a judicial law clerk, Ms. Tanagho Ross drafted judicial opinions in Section 1983 civil rights cases, including lawsuits brought by inmates whose civil rights had been violated.

Ms. Tanagho Ross volunteers with Public Counsel and represents undocumented minors who have been abused and neglected, in their immigration proceedings. Ms. Tanagho Ross serves on the Board of Freedom and Fashion, a local non-profit providing education and mentorship to teen survivors of sexual exploitation and human trafficking in Los Angeles.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment
  • Civil Rights
  • Human Rights

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2011


  • UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 2011
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 2007
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Major: Political Science
    • Minor: Human Rights
    • Minor: Public Health

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • California Employment Lawyers Association, Member, 2012 - Present
  • National Layers Guild, Member, 2012 - Present
  • LACBA, Member, 2012 - Present


  • Arabic
  • Spanish