Stephanie represents clients in product liability, cannabis, and business litigation in state and federal courts. She is an experienced litigator with first chair trial experience. Stephanie also has considerable alternative dispute resolution experience, including mediation and arbitration. The depth and breadth of her experience enables her to develop and implement efficient and effective litigation plans that advance client interests. 

Stephanie also advises product manufacturers and distributors on pre- and post-market safety issues including compliance with state and federal regulations across industries and product recall and corrective action best practices. 

Stephanie has represented clients in business litigation involving breach of contract claims and royalty and licensing fee disputes. Her product liability experience includes pharmaceuticals, medical devices, personal protective equipment, durable infant goods and various consumer products. Prior to joining Shook, Stephanie represented the only product manufacturer named in the In re World Trade Center respiratory litigation arising out of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. 

Stephanie is a member of Shook’s search committee and has been recognized for her pro bono work at the firm. She is also the volunteer general counsel for the U.S. Nanny Association and serves on its board of directors. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys being with her family. 
 

Representative Matters

Stephanie represented Pumpco Energy Services in an alleged breach of contract case where Pumpco contended no contract existed. As first chair, Stephanie impeached the plaintiff during testimony about the alleged contract. She went on to win a directed verdict for Pumpco. Jackson Motors, Inc. v. Pumpco Energy Services, No. 389144 (Tex. Dist. Ct., Bexar Cty., June 13, 2016).

Presentations and Publications

New Guidance on Waste Disposal for Hemp Producers, Cannabis Industry Journal, February 11, 2021 (with Emily Sellers).

Managing Biomass and Biowaste From the Hemp and Cannabis Industries, CLE Webinar, Food and Drug Law Institute, December 9, 2020 (with Keith Matthews).

Remote Trials and Hearings in the Pandemic—A Litigator’s Perspective, CLE Seminar, Houston Bar Association, February 5, 2021 (with Jennise Stubbs).

Why Europe May Serve as an Important Bellwether for Hempcrete Use in the United States, Cannabis Industry Journal, June 17, 2020.

Cashed Out – Bankruptcy and Alternatives for Distressed Companies in the Cannabis Industry, Cannabis Law Journal, June 2020 (with Sonila Themeli).

Navigating the Cannabis Conundrum, ACC Houston Annual Symposium, Houston, August 15, 2019 (with Lynne Eckels and John Lewis, Jr.)

Post Marketing Issues, Food and Drug Law Institute's Introduction to US Medical Device Law and Regulation, Washington, D.C., April 2018 (with John Constance).

Regulation of Drug Manufacturing, Food and Drug Law Institute’s Introduction to Drug Law and Regulation Course, Washington, D.C., April 2016.

Media

DEA Involvement Remains A Headache For Hemp Industry, Law360, February 4, 2021.