Stephanie is a Shareholder and member of Maynard Cooper's Labor & Employment Practice. She has experience defending public and private employers ranging from large manufacturers to municipalities, poultry processing facilities, health care providers, large retail companies, post-secondary colleges and small businesses. She represents clients in litigation and federal agency proceedings and provides training, day-to-day legal advice and pragmatic solutions that are tailored to meet her clients' needs.
Stephanie's practice consists of representing management and advising clients in all aspects of the employment relationship, including EEOC charges and cases arising under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act. She also assists clients in drafting employment policies and employee handbooks and conducting internal investigations.
Among her experience in both federal and state courts, Stephanie defended a complex eight-week jury trial in federal district court in which the jury awarded less than 3% of the damages sought. She also tried a three-week case in Bessemer, Alabama Circuit Court, with a jury verdict returned in favor of the defendant, her client.
Stephanie is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© for Litigation: Labor and Employment, and she was recognized by the Birmingham Business Journal as a 2017 "Rising Star Lawyer." She was also included in the 2016 and again in the 2018 Benchmark Litigation "Under 40 Hot List," an elite accolade honoring the achievements of the nation's most accomplished legal partners who are 40 years old or younger. In 2013, she was recognized on the inaugural Southern Region Lawyers of Color Hot List, and she has been listed in Super Lawyers ever year since 2013. Stephanie was also selected to participate in the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum for 2013-2014.