Stephanie works in the firm’s Personal Injury/Products Liability Section, where she handles complex litigation and appellate proceedings. She has helped secure more than $180 million in verdicts and settlements.
Stephanie has successfully argued and tried cases in state and federal courts and been a member of the trial team in several notable cases. Most recently, Stephanie was part of the team that secured a $151 million verdict for Travaris “Tre” Smith who was left paralyzed after the 1998 Ford Explorer he was riding in crashed and rolled over. The jury agreed with Smith in finding that Ford failed to meet its own safety guidelines for the Explorer’s rollover resistance requirement and attempted to cover up the vehicle’s defective design. Stephanie also helped secure an $18.79 million verdict in Colin Lacy v. Empire Truck Sales. Our client was paralyzed as the result of a mechanic shop’s grossly negligent maintenance of his 18-wheeler.
Awards and Ratings
Stephanie has been selected to the Midsouth Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list since 2018, which recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys – those who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing 10 years or less. She was selected as the 2018 Beasley Allen Lawyer of the Year for the Products Liability Section. In 2019, Stephanie was selected as Lawyer of the Year for the River Region by Destiny Girls Academy, a local mentoring organization. Stephanie received the award during an event held to honor women of various professions and the arts throughout the River Region in Alabama. She was also recognized as a Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for her work in both Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs category and Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs category for 2021.
Stephanie is admitted to practice in all Alabama state and federal courts and the United States Supreme Court. She is a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association, the Attorneys Information Exchange Group and the Alabama Association for Justice. She is currently serving her second year on the Alabama State Bar’s Lawyer University Task Force, which works to educate Alabama lawyers on growing legal trends. Stephanie is the immediate past President of the Alabama Head Injury Foundation’s Montgomery Chapter.
A legal scholar on personal jurisdiction, Stephanie has published papers and presented CLEs on the topic across the country.
Stephanie graduated summa cum laude from Troy University in 2007 with a double major in political science and psychology. Before starting law school, she worked as a crisis counselor with the Federal Emergency Management Agency during the Enterprise, Alabama, tornado recovery efforts. Stephanie graduated summa cum laude from Faulkner University’s Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in May 2011. While in law school, she received ten Best Paper Awards and the Best Advocate Award in Trial Advocacy. She served as a senior editor on the Faulkner Law Review and as a senior member of the Board of Advocates.
Stephanie and her husband, David, are members of Frazer United Methodist Church. They enjoy spending time with their daughter, family and friends.