Overview

Stephanie practices law with a single primary objective: to guide and assist her clients in the defense of labor and employment matters. She counsels her clients on how to comply with federal and state laws, prevent lawsuits, and prepare for and proceed with litigation. She has experience in a myriad of employment matters including employment contracts and non-compete provisions, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, and alleged wrongful termination claims. Stephanie also assists clients in responding to administrative complaints and investigations before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state agencies. 

Stephanie recognizes that the employer-employee relationship is ever changing and the laws that pertain to this relationship change as well. For this reason, Stephanie believes it is important not only to address pressing matters for clients, but also to provide current and relevant advice in the areas that are most important to them in order to prevent future issues.  Stephanie enjoys working directly with her clients to solve their critical employment issues, which once resolved, allows them the freedom to better operate their business.  

Honors & Recognitions

  • AAUW Selected Professional Fellow (2013-2014)
  • Association of Corporate Counsel Scholar (2012)
  • Gates Millennium Scholar and Alumna (2004 – present)

Professional & Civic Associations

  • American Bar Association, member and contributor  
  • Lawyer’s Association for Women – Nashville Chapter
  • Nashville Bar Association, member and presenter
  • Middle District of Tennessee SHRM, member and presenter
  • Tennessee Bar Association 

Press Room

About Me

Stephanie was born and raised in Fresno, California. She enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Representative Matters

Representative Matters

  • Represents major trucking transportation, service, and distribution company in defense of EEOC claims.
  • Represents private employers and government agencies in the defense of discrimination claims. 
  • Represents employers in class action wage and hour claims. 

News & Analysis

Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications

"The math did not add up for Rizo: Employers in the 9th Circuit may no longer use past salary to establish a new employee's pay," ABA Tips Corporate Counsel Newsletter, Summer 2018

Blogs & Videos

Blog Posts

  • "Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you."
  • H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Practice Emphasis

  • Defense of EEOC Charges
  • Employment Policy Analysis, Formulations, and Advice
  • Employment Litigation
  • Employment Contract Analysis, Preparation, and Enforcement

Education

South Texas College of Law

  • J.D., cum laude, 2014
  • Certified mediator, Frank Evans Mediation Center
  • Completion of Transactional Skill Program
  • Dean’s List, 2011-2014

Vanderbilt University

  • B.A., English and Communication Studies, 2008

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2017
  • Texas, 2014
  • Southern District of Texas (Houston Division), 2015
  • Middle District of Tennessee, 2018

Languages

  • Spanish
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