Stacey is an accomplished litigator who represents clients in complex product liability litigation in state and federal courts across the nation and internationally. She has represented numerous Fortune 500 companies, including leaders from the alcohol, tobacco, and firearms industries, as well as pharmaceutical and medical device clients, in individual, multidistrict litigation and class actions and across a variety of litigation stages, including pre-trial and trial work. Her work has included:
- pre-trial strategy coordination and the work-up of hundreds of cases;
- depositions of plaintiffs and fact witnesses;
- depositions and defense of expert witnesses;
- substantive and procedural motions, pre-trial and trial; and
- support roles at multiple trials.
Stacey is highly regarded for her insightful legal strategies and her determination in getting the best outcomes for her clients in every stage of litigation.
Stacey is a member of Shook’s team representing Philip Morris USA in the defense of smoking and health cases in Florida known as the Engle progeny litigation. The Engle litigation is made up of thousands of individual cases filed after the Florida Supreme Court decertified a statewide class action that had been tried to a verdict that awarded punitive damages to the class. Stacey was a member of the team trying the very first of these cases to go to trial and continues to represent Philip Morris USA in these matters. In addition to Engle progeny cases, Stacey has defended individual smoking and health cases for companies in the tobacco industry, including working on smoking and health litigation in Missouri, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Pennsylvania. Stacey not only represents clients locally and nationally in tobacco cases, but also on an international basis. Her résumé includes work for Philip Morris International coordinating the defense of product liability litigation, most recently working with counsel in Colombia to develop the defense strategy in a reduced risk product group action.
Additionally, Stacey represents Smith & Wesson Corp. in reimbursement litigation brought against the firearms industry. She participated as national counsel for Smith & Wesson Corp. in the highly publicized trial of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People v. AA Arms, Inc., Case No. CV 99 3999 (E.D.N.Y., J. Weinstein), where an advisory jury found no liability as to any of the approximately 70 defendants.
In addition to her work on behalf of clients, Stacey is a leader in the community and is dedicated to community service. She is the chair of the Kansas City board of trustees for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and has also served on national task forces for the organization. She is also currently serving as the president of the board of directors of Camps for Kids, a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for special needs children to attend summer camp. Stacey has participated in numerous pro bono matters, representing indigent clients and civic organizations in a range of cases including representing a refugee in an asylum case, acting as legal guardian to children in adoption and abuse and neglect proceedings, and representing the Downtown Council of Kansas City in a board of zoning appeal.
Public Nuisance, COVID-19, And The Re-Emergence Of The “Super Tort," Mealey's Litigation Report, March 2022 (with Edward Gaus and Ijeoma Odigwe).