Stephanie practices in the Firm's Litigation Management Department, where she specializes in the areas of employment litigation and advice. The Litigation Management Department has developed an innovative approach to addressing the needs of large, national businesses in managing multi-state legal matters.
Stephanie's experience includes counseling and representing businesses, municipalities and educational institutions on a broad range of employment law issues and defending numerous employment-related claims in both state and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies. Stephanie has successfully represented employers at every level, from pre-litigation settlement negotiations through trial and appeal. She also has handled virtually every kind of employment claim that exists, from discrimination actions, including race, sex, disability, sexual harassment and age discrimination claims, to personnel matters such as wage and hour compliance, individual terminations, non-competition agreements and employee handbooks.
Stephanie has been recognized as a Massachusetts Rising Star by Law & Politics Magazine in the area of Employment & Labor.
•Stephanie has successfully obtained summary judgment for employers in several federal district court cases involving various discrimination and harassment claims based upon race, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability and religion, as well as retaliation claims, and claims under the FLSA and FMLA.
•Stephanie successfully defended a national retailer against claims of race discrimination and harassment, retaliation and violations of the FLSA. Initially, the magistrate judge recommended that defendant's summary judgment motion be granted as to all claims except the FLSA claim. After filing an objection to this recommendation, Stephanie convinced the district court judge to grant defendant's motion - including on the FLSA claim - in its entirety.
•Stephanie successfully opposed an appeal before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals of a decision granting summary judgment to the employer on plaintiff's reverse gender and race discrimination claims under Title VII.
•Stephanie has second-chaired both bench and jury trials, as well as administrative hearings before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) and arbitration hearings before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
•Stephanie second-chaired a FINRA arbitration and obtained a defense win involving claims for failure to pay commissions and defamation related to a Form U-5 filing.
•Stephanie second-chaired a jury trial and obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of her client sued for intentional interference with contract. Prior to trial, Stephanie's efforts helped to secure summary judgment for the same client on additional claims for sexual harassment and sex discrimination, as well as to dismiss a second client from the case. Only the claim for intentional interference with contract against one of the clients remained for the jury to decide. The jury returned its verdict within 30 minutes of deliberations.
•Stephanie has successfully obtained lack of probable cause findings and early dismissals in several cases before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.
•Stephanie has conducted several workplace investigations in response to sexual harassment and other discrimination complaints by employees.
•Cannon v. Burlington Coat Factory of N.C., LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 137661 (M.D.N.C. Sept. 30, 2014)
•Geng v. PNC Fin. Servs. Group, Inc. et al., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 104574 (D.N.J. July 31, 2014)
•Hahn v. Bank of America, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 45886 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 31, 2014)
•Johnson v. PNC Bank, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 161381 (D. Kan. Nov. 13, 2013)
•Lozano v. Burlington Coat Factory of Alabama, LLC, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 141561 (N.D. Ala. Aug. 21, 2013), adopted by 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 141562 (N.D. Ala. Sept. 30, 2013)
•Frank v. The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115276 (W.D. Pa. Aug. 15, 2013)
•Sylvia v. PNC Investments, FINRA Case No. 12-01946 (Aug. 9, 2013)
•Kaluza v. PNC Bank, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 61613 (W.D. Pa. Mar. 11, 2013), adopted by 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 61067 (W.D. Pa. Apr. 30, 2013)
•Corl v. Burlington Coat Factory of North Carolina, LLC, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52012 (M.D.N.C. Apr. 11, 2013)
•Byrd v. Merrill Lynch, 479 Fed. App'x. 444 (3d Cir. 2012)
•Abouhamad v. Bank of America, Corp., 2012 WL 4023579 (D. Mass. July 12, 2012)
•Toohig v. Nat'l City Corp. Amended and Restated Mgm't Severance Plan, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64741 (N.D. Ohio June 16, 2011)
•Swift v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., 770 F. Supp. 2d 483 (E.D.N.Y. 2011)
•DeLia v. Verizon Communications, Inc. et al., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 83856 (D. Mass. Sept. 15, 2009), aff'd by 656 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 2011)
•Malchodi v. Northeastern University, 2008 Mass. Comm. Discrim. LEXIS 42 (MCAD Dec. 4, 2008)
Before Edwards Wildman
Prior to joining the firm in 2003, Stephanie interned during law school at both the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. and the Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Labor in Boston . Prior to attending law school, Stephanie worked as a corporate paralegal for a small law firm in Boston 's financial district. As a corporate paralegal, she had the opportunity to assist attorneys in a number of transactions, covering areas of law including corporate, securities, real estate, regulatory, intellectual property, and trusts and estates.
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