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Stephanie M. Laws

Partner

Co-Chair of Tort & Product Liability Group
3300 Wells Fargo Center, 90 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402-4140

Bar Admissions

Minnesota
Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court
  • Minnesota
  • E.D. Pennsylvania
U.S. Court of Appeals
  • Eighth Circuit

Leadership & Community

  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers: Partner Leadership Council, 2019-present
  • ABA Death Penalty Representation Project: Pro Bono Volunteer Attorney
  • 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.

Overview

Stephanie Laws represents businesses in product liability, consumer protection, and other complex civil litigation in federal and state courts nationwide, and also conducts internal investigations. Her product liability bandwidth spans multiple industries, with particular focus on defense of FDA-regulated products. Stephanie is experienced in all phases of civil litigation—from fact investigation through trial—with significant experience managing large-scale document productions, handling e-discovery issues, and working with experts. Stephanie uses insights from multiple client secondments to develop legal strategies that further business goals, including negotiating early resolution to avoid litigation where appropriate.

Stephanie is also deeply engaged with pro bono work. She partnered with Maslon attorney Steve Schleicher in his role as special prosecutor for the state of Minnesota in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, providing integral support to the state’s use-of-force case. Stephanie also serves on Maslon’s Pro Bono Committee and maintains an active practice, including representing victims of domestic violence seeking orders for protection against their abusers and representing asylum seekers, among other endeavors.

Prior to joining Maslon, Stephanie was a litigation defense attorney at two large national firms. Stephanie graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2012 and earned her bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Experience

  • Represented leading global medical device manufacturer in lawsuits involving variety of complex medical devices in state and federal courts across the country.
  • Investigated a security company holding a multimillion-dollar contract at a major NFL venue on behalf of a worldwide venue management company.
  • Sole outside counsel representing Fortune 200 company in year-long internal audit involving large-scale document collection and production.
  • Develops testing protocols and coordinates legal testing of medical devices in labs across the country.
  • Gordon R. Golden, et al. v. Medtronic, Inc., et al., No. 17-CV-30568 (Colo. Dist. Ct. ). Secured full dismissal of all claims involving pre-market approved medical device on preemption grounds—without any mandatory authority in Colorado state court.
  • Waldo v. Eli Lilly & Co., No. Civ. S-13-0789, 2013 WL 5554623 (E.D. Cal. Oct. 8, 2013). Secured dismissal of majority of claims alleging birth defects were caused by pharmaceutical product, significantly reducing scope of discovery.
  • Eklund v. Medtronic, Inc., et al., No. 27-CV-17-18038, Fourth Judicial District Court, Hennepin County, Minnesota. Successfully excluded Plaintiff’s expert and won full summary judgment in a high-exposure product liability matter alleging a teenager’s medical device was defective and caused a motor vehicle accident that left him paraplegic. 

Pro Bono

  • Pro bono representation of low-income individuals seeking Orders for Protection against domestic partners.
  • Pro bono representation of LGBTQ+ individuals fleeing persecution in their home countries.

Honors

Recognized on Minnesota Rising Stars list as part of the Super Lawyers® selection process, 2018-2021 (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.)

Light of Justice Award, Texas Defender Service, 2018

Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota® list, 2019-2022 (The annual edition of the Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota list features attorneys selected for the previous year's Minnesota Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars lists.)

North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2017-2020 (North Star Lawyer is a designation that recognizes members who provide 50 hours or more of pro bono legal services in a calendar year.)

Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, 2021-2022 (These awards recognize attorneys, who are earlier in their careers, for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States.)

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