Stephanie M. Rippee

Stephanie M. Rippee: Attorney with Watkins & Eager
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Stephanie M. Rippee is admitted to the Mississippi and Tennessee Bars. For 25 years, she has sought to find practical and efficient legal solutions for clients on a local, regional, and national basis. Her practice focuses on both commercial and product liability litigation. She has earned the ANSI-accredited Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) credential through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). She is a recognized public speaker and author and has been selected by Mid-South Super Lawyers as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Mississippi.

Honors & Recognitions

•American Bar Foundation, fellow
•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Benchmark Litigation's Top 250 Women in Litigation, 2016-17
Benchmark Litigation: Local Litigation Star, 2017
Chambers USA-America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2015-17, General Litigation)
Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law (2012-present)
Guide to the World's Leading Litigation and Product Liability Lawyers (2012-present)
•IADC 43rd Annual Trial Academy, Stanford Law School, Palo Alto, CA, Faculty Member, August 1-7, 2015
•Litigation Counsel of America, fellow (2011-2017)
Mid-South Super Lawyers (2011-17, Personal Injury Defense: Products; 2011-16 Top 50 Lawyers in Mississippi; 2011-16 Top 50 Female Lawyers in Mid-South)
•Mississippi Business Journal's 50 Leading Business Women (2008)
PORTICO Legacy Lawyers, Class of 2017
The Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation)
•Top Ten Recipient of Mississippi Business Journal's Leadership in Law Award, 2017
Who's Who Legal: Product Liability Defence, 2014-present

Articles & Publications

State Court Class Actions? Not in Mississippi [Author: Stephanie Rippee]
IADC Civil Justice Response Committee Newsletter, 11.2017
Protecting Your Corporate Representative from Ambush at Trial [Author: Stephanie Rippee]
IADC Trial Techniques and Tactics Committee Newsletter, 09.2014
Can You Save Your Limitations Defense From an Assertion of Fraudulent Concealment? [Authors: Robert Ireland and Stephanie Rippee]
IADC Product Liability Committee Newsletter, 06.2013
Stabilization of Product Liability Law by Statute: Mississippi as a Case Study [Author: Stephanie Rippee]
IADC Defense Counsel Journal, Vol. 79, No. 3, 07.2012
Implied Conflict Preemption Defense: What Does the Future Hold for Generic Pharmaceutical Manufacturers? [Author: Stephanie Rippee]
DRI's For The Defense, 08.2011
MPLA: Available Option or Exclusive Means of Recovery? [Author: Stephanie Rippee]
Litigation Section of The Mississippi Bar E-newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 2, 05.2011
Mississippi Chapter of 50 State Survey, Plaintiff's Medical Care and Treatment - Discovery and Evidentiary Issues [Author: Stephanie Rippee]
ABA Section of Litigation, Product Liability Committee Webpage, 2011
Did We Settle This Case or Not? Don't Risk Letting the Court Decide [Author: Stephanie Rippee]
IADC Product Liability Committee Newsletter, 12.2010
Who is the Master of Your Settlement? [Author: Stephanie Rippee]
DRI's the Voice, Vol. 9, Issue 40, 10.06.2010
Talking to Lawyers About Patients: When is it Really Okay? [Author: Stephanie Rippee]
Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association, Vol. 51, No. 9, 09.2010
Don't Ask the Doctor: The Prohibition On Ex Parte Communications With Non-Party Treating Physicians [Author: Stephanie Rippee]
Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association Quarterly, Volume 34, No. 2, Summer 2010
The Beginning of the End of the Generic Preemption Defense [Author: Stephanie Rippee]
AHLA Life Sciences Newsletter, Volume 4, Issue 2, 05.2010
The Beginning of the End of the Generic Preemption Defense [Author: Stephanie Rippee]
ABA Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee Newsletter, Spring 2010
Generic Preemption Defense: Recent Case Trend [Author: Stephanie Rippee]
IADC Product Liability Committee Newsletter, 04.2010
An Alternative Use for Implied Conflict Preemption: Defending Other Parties in the Chain of Distribution [Author: Stephanie Rippee]
DRI's For The Defense, 07.2009
Federal Preemption: The Drug and Device Trilogy [Author: Stephanie Rippee]
American Health Lawyers Weekly, 03.2008


•“Technology & Innovation,” Mississippi Economic Council’s 69th Annual Meeting, Jackson, MS, April 12, 2018

• Balancing the Scales: Leading Women Lawyers on Meeting the Challenges of the Legal Profession, Capital Area Bar Association Women's Initiative Meeting, Jackson, MS, March 20, 2018
• Trust Litigation Trends and Emerging Risks, Mississippi Bankers Association Financial Management Conference, Jackson, MS, November 4, 2016
• After the Data Breach: A Hands On 'Table Top' Demonstration About How To Counsel Clients In Crisis, IADC Midyear Meeting, Pebble Beach, CA, February 20-25, 2016
• Data Breach: Principles, Practice and the Public Interest, IADC Midyear Meeting, Pebble Beach, CA, February 20-25, 2016
• Privacy and Data Security, Mississippi Bankers Association Bank Director Training, Oxford, Jackson and Hattiesburg, MS, February 17-19, 2015
• What the IADC Website Can Do For You: How to Maximize the Benefits of Your Membership, IADC Webinar, October 22, 2014
• Ethics & Asset Protection Trusts: A Panel Discussion, Jackson, MS, July 29, 2014
• Health Care Issues in Product Liability Law, UM-CLE Current Issues in Health Care Law, Ridgeland, MS, May 16, 2014
• Evidentiary Issues Key to Product Liability Cases, IADC Midyear Meeting, Rancho Mirage, CA, February 11-16, 2012
• World of Product Liability Law in Review, IADC Annual Meeting, Whistler, British Columbia, July 9-14, 2011
• Strategies for Success As a Female Litigator, IADC Webinar, April 19, 2011
• Trial Skills: Technology in the Courtroom and in Mediation, ABA Section of Litigation Product Liability Committee, Women In Product Liability Workshop, New York, New York, November 12, 2010
• Sales Representatives in the Operating Room: Recognizing and Minimizing the Risks of Liability, Zimmer Solutions, Inc. Mid-Year Sales Meeting, August 2010
• Women in the Profession, Tougaloo College Pre-Law Summit, Jackson, MS, April 2010
• Lunch With Experience, ABA Law Student Division 5th Circuit Spring Meeting, Jackson, MS, February 2010
• The Legal Profession: A Panel Discussion, Mississippi College, Clinton, MS, March 2009
•Women in Law Roundtable, Mississippi College, Clinton, MS, March 2008

Fellow: Litigation Counsel of America; Fellow: American Bar Foundation; Appointee, ABA Task Force on Federal Agency Preemption (2009-2010). Co-chair ABA Current Issues in Parmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation CLE Workshop, Philadelphia, PA Nov. 17, 2011. Capital Area Bar Association (Member, Women in the Profession Committee, 2007-2010; Co-chair 2010-2011), American Bar Assoc. (Section of Litigation); Defense Research Institute; Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association; International Association of Defense Counsel, State Membership Chair; Products Liability Committee; (Vice Chair Diversity 2009-11; Vice Chair Programs and Projects 2012-13, Vice Chair of Webinars 2013-14, Vice Chair of Membership 2014-15) Business Litigatio Committee (Vice Chair of Diversity 2012-14, Vice Chair of Webinars 2014-15).

Areas of Practice (22)

  • Banking and Financial Institutions
  • Banking, Financial Services, and Securities Litigation
  • Corporate Trustee Consulting and Litigation
  • Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights
  • Chapter 11 Proceedings
  • Chapter 7, 12 and Chapter 13 Proceedings
  • Creditors' Rights
  • Loan Workouts
  • Corporate
  • Cyber Security and Data Privacy
  • Estate Planning and Administration
  • Trust and Estate Litigation
  • Healthcare
  • HIPAA and Privacy
  • Litigation
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Mass Tort and Repetitive Exposure
  • Toxic Tort and Chemical and Environmental Exposure
  • Pharmaceutical and Medical Device
  • Product Liability
  • Consumer Products

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
601-965-1991  Phone
601-965-1901  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 650, Jackson, MS 39201
University Attended:
University of Mississippi, B.Accy., summa cum laude, 1988
Law School Attended:
Vanderbilt University, J.D., 1991
Year of First admission:
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi; 1995, Tennessee; 1991, Mississippi

Community & Professional

Professional Involvement

•American Bar Association Task Force on Federal Agency Preemption, 2009-10
•International Association of Privacy Professionals
•State Coordinator for Mississippi - iCivics, (web-based education project spearheaded by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to reinvigorate civics education in middle schools) (2009-present)
•Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project, 2007-present
•American Bar Association
•Litigation Section - Mass Torts Litigation Committee, Product Liability Committee, Commercial and Business Litigation Committee
•Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section - Business Litigation Committee, Product Liability Committee
•American Bar Association Current Issues in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation CLE Workshop, Philadelphia, PA, November 17, 2011 (co-chair)
•Trial Attorneys of America, 2009-12
•Defense Research Institute (Product Liability Committee; Drug and Device Committee; Diversity Committee)
•International Association of Defense Counsel
•Defense Counsel Training Manual Editorial Board (2015-16)
•IADC Regional Meeting Host, Jackson, MS (April 1, 2014)
•State Membership Committee Chair, Mississippi (2011-present);
•Products Liability Committee (2009-11, Vice Chair of Diversity; 2011-13, Vice Chair of Programs and Projects; 2013-14, Vice Chair of Webinars; 2014-15, Vice Chair of Membership; 2015-17, Committee Chair)
•Business Litigation Committee (2012-14, Vice Chair of Diversity; 2014-15, Vice Chair of Webinars)
•Drug, Device and Biotechnology Committee
•Diversity Committee
•Civil Justice Response Committee
•Membership Committee
•Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association
•Capital Area Bar Association (2007-11, Women in the Profession Committee - 2010-11, Co-Chair; 2012-14, Law Related Education Committee)

Community Involvement

•Planning Committee, the MIND Center presents The Doobie Brothers, 2017
•Planning Committee, Youth Villages Tribute to Excellence, 2016
•Planning Committee, Brian Wilson, a benefit concert for the MIND Center, 2016
•Planning Committee, Gladys Knight, a benefit concert for the MIND Center, 2015
•Planning Committee, Youth Villages Tribute to Excellence, 2014
•Planning Committee, An Evening With the Band Perry, concert benefiting the MIND Center, 2013
•Planning Committee, Youth Villages Tribute to Excellence, 2013
•Planning Committee, Glen Campbell, An Evening With the Rhinestone Cowboy, concert benefiting the MIND Center, 2012
•Mississippi Arthritis Foundation's Jammin' for Joints (2012-13, Corporate Sponsor Co-Chair)
•American Heart Association's Art For Heart Gala (2010-11 Executive Leadership Team)
•Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi's Bacchus Ball (2009, Event Chair; 2010, Corporate Sponsor Chair; 2011-12, Premiere Silent Auction Co-Chair)
•Memory Impairment and Neurodegenerative Dementia (MIND) Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (2009-present, Advisory Board)
•Youth Villages Mississippi (2012-present, Leadership Council)
•Finance Chair, An Evening with the Creators of The Help, benefiting the MIND Center, 2010
•Friends of Children's Hospital Light A Light Program, 2008-09

Special Agencies:
Advisory Board Member of the Memory Impairment and Neurodegenerative Dementia (MIND) Research Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (2009-2012), Finance Chair, An Evening With the Creators of The Help, benefitting the MIND Center; Planning Committee, Glen Campbell, An Evening With the Rhinestone Cowboy Benefitting the MIND Center (2012); Planning Committee, An Evening with The Band Perry, Benefitting the MIND Center. Named to Mississippi Business Journal's Mississippi's 50 Leading Business Women (2008). Mississippi Arthritis Foundation's Jammin For Joints, Corporate Sponsor Co-Chair (2012). Executive Leadership Team, American Heart Association's Art For Heart Gala (2010-2011). Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi's 2009-2012 Bacchus Ball. Volunteer, Friends of Children's Hospital Light-A-Light Program (2008 and 2009). Coordinator for Mississippi, iCivics, (web-based education project spearheaded by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to reinvigorate civics education in middle schools).
Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Counsel for international mining company in talc litigation; Mississippi Counsel for hernia mesh manufacturer; Obtained summary judgment for private financing company on multi-million dollar guaranty executed by corporate debtor's individual alter ego principal; Trial counsel for bank seeking discharge as co-executor of disputed estate; Counsel for bank in overdraft protection class action; Trial counsel for German gun manufacturer in product liability action; National counsel team for manufacturer of birth control pill; Counsel for multiple pharmaceutical manufacturers in Average Wholesale Price litigation in both Mississippi and Louisiana; Counsel for multiple pharmaceutical manufacturers in Covered Outpatient Drug litigation in Mississippi; Lead counsel for boiler repair contractor in multi-million dollar commercial dispute with customer; Co-lead counsel for pharmaceutical company in all Mississippi diet drug litigation in state court, federal court, and MDL proceeding; National counsel for pharmaceutical contract manufacturer in isotretinoin litigation; Trial counsel in multiple bad faith insurance cases for various life, health, and disability insurers; Mississippi counsel team for manufacturer of implantable birth control device
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