Stephanie Laws focuses her practice on product liability litigation defense, representing pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in complex product liability and consumer protection actions nationwide. Prior to joining Maslon, Stephanie worked at two large national law firms practicing product liability and employment litigation defense. She has also completed multiple client secondments, providing powerful insights into in-house legal operations and client business needs.

Stephanie has substantial experience in all phases of pre-trial civil litigation, including successful early dismissal of claims based on federal preemption and other grounds, factual investigation and risk assessment, written discovery and depositions, dispositive motion practice, and settlement negotiations. As a problem solver, Stephanie leverages this experience, along with her understanding of client business needs, to either effectively implement early resolution strategies or vigorously defend against claims as appropriate.

Stephanie is a 2012 cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she served as an associate editor of the Journal of Constitutional Law. She earned her bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Selected Experience

  • Current counsel to leading medical device manufacturer in lawsuits involving both PMA and 510k medical devices in state and federal courts across the country.
  • Gordon R. Golden, et al. v. Medtronic, Inc., et al., No. 17-CV-30568 (Colo. Dist. Ct. ). Authored motion to dismiss and supporting briefing that resulted in dismissal of lawsuit, including negligence, breach of warranty, and strict liability claims, based on express preemption grounds, among others—a case of first impression in Colorado state court.

 

Professional Activities

American Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
Minnesota Women Lawyers

Pro Bono Activities

ABA Pro Bono Death Penalty Representation: Ex parte Armstrong (Tex. Crim. App. 2017). Member of team of Maslon lawyers serving as pro bono counsel for Douglas Tyrone Armstrong, a Texas death row inmate convicted of capital murder in 2006. The team successfully secured the vacation of Armstrong's death sentence by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
Defended local food bank against multiple employment-related claims brought by former employee.
Community Legal Services of Philadelphia: past Volunteer. Assisted low-income Philadelphia residents with applications for federal disability benefits.

PRESENTATIONS

"Surviving the Waves: Implied, Express, and Subject Matter Waivers of Attorney-Client Privilege," 2017
May 17, 2017

Recognition

Recognized on Minnesota Rising Stars list as part of the Super Lawyers® selection process, 2018 (Minnesota Rising Stars is a designation given to only 2.5 percent of Minnesota attorneys each year, based on a selection process that includes the recommendation of peers in the legal profession.)

North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2017 (North Star Lawyer is a designation that recognizes members who provide 50 hours or more of pro bono legal services in a calendar year.)

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Minneapolis, MN 55402
Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 2014
Pennsylvania, 2012
Education
University of Pennsylvania Law School J.D., cum laude, 2012
University of Wisconsin, Madison B.A., magna cum laude, 2007
Major: English
Notable

STEPHANIE WAS RECOGNIZED AS A 2017 NORTH STAR LAWYER BY THE MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION AND ON THE 2018 MINNESOTA RISING STARS LIST. SHE ALSO SUCCESSFULLY REPRESENTED PRO BONO CLIENT TO SECURE VACATION OF DEATH SENTENCE AFTER 10 YEARS ON DEATH ROW IN TEXAS.



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