Prior to joining the Firm, Stephanie worked at two small litigation firms in the Metro Detroit area where she practiced primarily in the areas of medical malpractice defense and municipal law. She has helped to represent some of the largest, multi-site health systems in Michigan, and has also defended a number of municipal governmental entities in cases dealing with issues like governmental immunity, workplace retaliation, employment discrimination, and First Amendment freedom of speech claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the Michigan Whistleblowers’ Protection Act, and the United States and Michigan Constitutions. Stephanie’s practice has included considerable appellate work and she has authored appeals in both Michigan and federal appellate courts.
Stephanie also has significant experience in environmental law including permitting and compliance issues related to the federal Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, CERCLA, RCRA, TSCA, and Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act. In addition, she has experience in criminal law, family law, premises liability, general negligence claims, and first and third-party no-fault actions.
Stephanie is an amateur clarinet player and lifelong music devotee. She has been a member of the Birmingham Concert Band for the past 10 years where she also serves on the Board of Directors.
Stephanie is a stubborn and dedicated gardener and has spent the past 7 years slowly transforming her home’s landscaping by removing turf and exotic plants and adding perennial native plants. It is rewarding to see all the new birds and bugs that have shown up as her yard has changed. Each growing season Stephanie also tries to cram as many edibles as possible into her limited backyard space. Though it is usually an uphill battle against the neighborhood squirrels and birds, Stephanie enjoys experimenting with new plant varieties and sharing her harvest with family and friends.
Stephanie also loves spending time in the kitchen whether it’s trying out new recipes or going back to an old standard, especially in the summer when much of the produce is coming from her own garden. She aspires to one day to bake the perfect, buttery, flaky, pasteis de nata (portuguese custard tarts).
Wayne State University Law School, J.D., Cum Laude, 2012
Eastern Michigan University, B.S., Language, Literature & Writing, Magna Cum Laude with honors, 2009
Anything and everything. I am an avid, wide-ranging reader, but habitually return to Shakespeare, Tolkien, Poe, and Bulgakov.
Percy Grainger, Irish Tune from County Derry
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ruth Bader Ginsburg