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Stephanie focuses her practice in municipal law, employment law, and education law. She represents municipalities, counties, public entities, law enforcement agencies, and school corporations in employment-related matters, including employment litigation, arbitrations, and general employment counseling, and in a variety of state and federal constitutional challenges. She has previously handled matters relating to representing counties and municipalities in town court, county courts and before the Indiana Supreme Court; drafting/revising/reviewing ordinances; advising on ordinance and zoning matters, and handling eminent domain proceedings. While she primarily works in government services, she has handled all matters of general litigation including business disputes, creditor’s rights, commercial disputes, product liability claims, insurance defense, transportation law, and appellate practice.

Stephanie is a graduate of the Indianapolis Bar Association Bar Leader Series, Class XIII. She is also the 2019 and 2020 Chair of the Indianapolis Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors for 2019 and 2020. For 2017-2018, she served as the Vice-Chair of the Legal Education Committee for the Indianapolis Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. She also serves as the Vice-Chair of the Employment Law Section of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana for 2019-2020. She is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, Seventh Circuit Bar Association, and Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana. Stephanie is involved with Beyond Monumental and serves on the Strategic Planning Committee and on the Advisory Committee. 

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Experience

Legal Work Highlights

Brigid A. Ford v. Marion County Sheriff’s Department and the Consolidated City of Indianapolis and Marion County – complete defense verdict obtained after week-long federal court jury trial on failure to accommodate and hostile work environment claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act

Jesse Norwood v. East Allen County Schools – summary judgment granted on race discrimination and retaliation claims under Title VII and 42 U.S.C. § 1981

James E. Mitchell v. Muncie Community Schools – summary judgment granted on race discrimination and retaliation claims under Title VII

Indianapolis Pub. Transp. Corp. v. Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1070 – arbitrator upheld the employer’s decision to terminate a long-term employee for gross negligence

Defended one of Indiana’s most populous counties in a Rule 60.5 Mandate of Funds action.

Represented local municipalities in numerous matters including before the town court, county court, and before the Indiana Supreme Court; drafting/revising/reviewing municipal ordinances; advising on ordinance and zoning matters, and handling eminent domain proceedings.

Received a favorable ruling on summary judgment in a personal injury matter regarding issues of indemnification and premise liability.

Received a favorable outcome on a motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction and for failure to state a claim where the potential exposure exceeded one million dollars.

Education

Law School

Washington University School of Law, J.D., 2012

Undergrad

Cornell University, B.A. with Distinction in All Subjects, Government and History; Law and Society minor, 2009, magna cum laude

Clerkship

Stephanie served as a clerk for the court(s) and judge(s) below:

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Honorable Nannette A. Baker, Chief Magistrate Judge

Bar Membership

Stephanie is licensed to practice in the following state(s):

Indiana, 2012

Courts

Stephanie is admitted to practice before the following court(s):

State of Indiana

United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana

United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

Indiana Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, 2018-2020

Up & Coming Lawyer, Indiana Lawyer, Leadership in Law Awards, 2019

Young Lawyer of the Year, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2019

Distinguished Fellow, Indianapolis Bar Foundation, 2019

Indianapolis Bar Association, Bar Leader Series, Class XIII

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Indianapolis Bar Association

Indiana State Bar Association

Seventh Circuit Bar Association

Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

Beyond Monumental

Cornell Alumni Association of Central Indiana

Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassadors Network