Stephanie is a steadfast litigation attorney, focusing primarily in the areas of products liability, toxic and mass torts, personal injury and transportation litigation in both federal and state courts. She also has extensive experience in appellate courts.
Stephanie has represented a broad range of clients in her products liability practice including manufacturers, suppliers and retailers of:
- automotive equipment and products
- industrial equipment
- latex products
- recreational products
In addition to product defects, warnings and warranty issues, Stephanie's experience includes catastrophic injuries stemming from allegedly defective products. Her cases have ranged from injuries due to allegedly defective lumber equipment to cases involving death and quadriplegia following a catastrophic rollover vehicle accident. Stephanie's participation in these types of matters has extended from the commencement of litigation through complete resolution.
She also has a depth of knowledge in mass and toxic tort litigation. Stephanie has been greatly involved in the defense of insulation subcontractors and an array of product manufacturers in asbestos litigation for their former production or sale of asbestos containing:
- electrical wiring and cable
- gaskets and packing
- friction products
- refractory material
- pumps and valves
- automotive products
- electrical equipment including circuit breakers and arc chutes
- protective clothing
In order to effectively defend these products, Stephanie has engrossed herself in the industries and facilities in which these types of products were used. These include nuclear power plants, naval bases and ships, steam generating stations, manufacturing plants and textile mills.
Her experience with toxic torts has also gone beyond asbestos-containing products to defending cases involving exposure to silica, chlorine gas, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, aluminum oxide, diesel fumes, mixed dusts and acrylonitrile.
Stephanie's attention to detail and writing skills have translated to a strong motions and appellate practice. Having been involved in multiple appeals, she has argued cases before both the South Carolina Court of Appeals and the South Carolina Supreme Court.
- Humphrey v. Day and Zimmermann International, Inc., 997 F. Supp. 29 388 (D.S.C. 2014), affirmed per curiam
- Travis A. Roddey, individually and as the personal representative of the Estate of Alice Monique Beckham Hancock, deceased v. Wal-Mart Stores, East, LP, U.S. Security Associates, Inc., and Derrick L. Jones, 400 S.C. 59, 732 S.E2d 635 (Ct. App. 2012)
- Shelton v. LS&K, Inc., 374 S.C. 294, 648 S.E.2d 307 (Ct. App. 2007)
- State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance Company v. Medgyesy, No. 14-1570, 610 Fed. Appx 213, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 7427, 2015 WL 2041076 (4th Cir. May 5, 2015)
- Bowen v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 2013 S.C. App. Unpub. LEXIS 111, Opinion No. 2013-UP-084
- Woodward v. Norfolk S. Corp., 2012 S.C. App. Unpub. LEXIS 798, Opinion No. 2012-UP-638
Before Fox Rothschild
Stephanie was a partner at Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, which combined with Fox Rothschild in 2018.
Beyond Fox Rothschild
Stephanie is deeply committed to the Greenville community. She has long been an active volunteer in many capacities for the United Way of Greenville County, including as a member of its Young Philanthropist Council, of which she is a past chair. Stephanie has also served as a judge for the Carol N. Ney National Mock Trial Tournament at Furman University and for the South Carolina Bar's State High School Mock Trial Competition.
Outside of the office, Stephanie is an avid traveler and adventure-seeker whose activities, among others, have included scuba diving, skydiving and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
Honors & Awards
- Named to "The Best Lawyers in America" list for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants in South Carolina by Best Lawyers (2013-2020)
- Graduate of Leadership Greenville, Class 37
- Rated AV Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®