Stephanie focuses her practice on tort and product liability litigation and trial practice. She also handles municipal, employment, and education litigation. She represents private and public entities in all stages of the litigation process, from pre-litigation through appeal. As a trial attorney and litigator, she has authored numerous successful dispositive motions and served as second chair in several jury trials. She focuses her practice in personal injury defense and general tort defense, including wrongful death, major injury, constitutional torts, and complex tort claims. She has represented clients in federal and federal appellate courts and state and state appellate courts throughout the United States.
Stephanie is a graduate of the Indianapolis Bar Association Bar Leader Series, Class XIII. Since 2021, she has served as the Chair of the Indianapolis Bar Association Public Policy Standing Committee. She served as the 2019 and 2020 Chair of the Indianapolis Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and as a member of the 2019 and 2020 Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors. For 2017 and 2018, she served as the Vice-Chair of the Legal Education Committee for the Indianapolis Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. She also serves as the Chair of the Employment Law Section of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana for 2021-2022.
She is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, Seventh Circuit Bar Association, and Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana. Stephanie is involved with Beyond Monumental and serves on the Strategic Planning and Advisory Committees.
Gonzalez v. City of Hammond, 2022 WL 445507 (N.D. Ind. Feb. 14, 2022) – summary judgment granted on discrimination claims brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, and Indiana’s workers’ compensation statute.
Bethuram v. Cathedral Trustees, Inc., 2021 WL 5163417 (S.D. Ind. Nov. 5, 2021) – summary judgment granted on reverse race discrimination and retaliation claims under Title VII.
Turner v. Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation, d/b/a IndyGo, 2021 WL 1967464 (S.D. Ind. May 14, 2021), aff’d on appeal 2021 WL 6500580 (7th Cir. Oct. 29, 2021) – summary judgment granted on religious discrimination claim under Title VII.
Perez-Herrera v. NowClinic, et al., 2019 CVC-A 000107 (Common Pleas Court Wayne County, Ohio May 6, 2021) – summary judgment granted in negligence action where trial court determined pharmacy owed no duty to plaintiff when plaintiff was not a patient of the pharmacy and never previously had a prescription filled at the pharmacy.
Cortez v. Indiana University Health, Inc., 151 N.E.3d 332 (Ind. Ct. App. 2020), trans. denied – affirming trial court’s order that the case was within scope of the Medical Malpractice Act such that it first had to be presented to a medical review panel.
Chariton v. City of Hammond, 146 N.E.3d 927 (Ind. Ct. App. 2020), trans. denied – affirming trial court’s order granting summary judgment that the Indiana Tort Claims Act applied to Plaintiff’s claims and Plaintiff did not substantially comply with the Indiana Tort Claims Act notice requirements.
Cynthia Jones, as personal representative of the Estate of Miranda Peoples, v. Kerry J. Forestal, in his official capacity of Sheriff of Marion County, et al., 2020 WL 1469832 (S.D. Ind. Mar. 26, 2020) – summary judgment granted on various claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and various state law claims arising from an in-custody suicide.
Brigid A. Ford v. Marion County Sheriff’s Department and the Consolidated City of Indianapolis and Marion County, 270 F.Supp.3d 1059 (S.D. Ind. 2017), aff’d on appeal 942 F.3d 839 (7th Cir. 2019) – complete defense verdict obtained after week-long federal court jury trial on failure to accommodate and hostile work environment claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Jesse Norwood v. East Allen County Schools, 2018 WL 4680008 (N.D. Ind. Sept. 28, 2018), aff’d on appeal 825 Fed.Appx. 383 (7th Cir. 2020), reh’g and reh’g en banc denied – summary judgment granted on race discrimination and retaliation claims under Title VII and 42 U.S.C. § 1981.
James E. Mitchell v. Muncie Community Schools, 2017 WL 2985638 (S.D. Ind. July 13, 2017) – summary judgment granted on race discrimination and retaliation claims under Title VII.
In the Matter of Mandate of Funds for the Lake Superior Court; Lake County Council and Lake County Auditor – defended one of Indiana’s most populous counties in a Rule 60.5 Mandate of Funds action.
Washington University School of Law, J.D., 2012
Cornell University, B.A. with distinction, Government and History; Law and Society minor, 2009, magna cum laude
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Honorable Nannette A. Baker, Chief Magistrate Judge
State of Indiana
United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Indy’s Best and Brightest, 2021 Finalist “Law”
Selected for inclusion in Indiana Rising Stars®, 2018-2020, 2022
Young Lawyers Division Distinguished Leader Award, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2020
Up & Coming Lawyer, Indiana Lawyer, Leadership in Law Awards, 2019
Young Lawyer of the Year, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2019
Distinguished Fellow, Indianapolis Bar Foundation, 2019
Indianapolis Bar Association, Bar Leader Series, Class XIII
Indianapolis Bar Association
Indiana State Bar Association
Seventh Circuit Bar Association
Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
Cornell Alumni Association of Central Indiana
Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassadors Network
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