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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, 2019-2021
  • ABA Death Penalty Representation Project: Volunteer Attorney
  • The Advocates for Human Rights: 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 has a decade of experience defending against product liability claims, with particular focus on FDA-regulated products. She leverages this extensive background to represent clients in government and internal investigations across a variety of industries, including considerable work in the healthcare space.

Stephanie is skilled in all phases of civil litigation, with significant experience managing large-scale document productions, handling e-discovery issues, and working with experts. She has represented businesses of all sizes—from small companies to global-leading pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers—in product liability lawsuits in state and federal courts across the country, and she is highly effective at resolving claims before they get to court.

Stephanie’s investigations practice spans a range of industries, from investigating a private security company holding a multimillion-dollar contract with a major NFL venue, to representing healthcare providers and hospital systems in internal and government investigations into alleged non-compliance with state and federal law, with experience involving the Controlled Substances Act, federal Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and others. Across this experience, Stephanie brings acute business savvy developed through multiple long-term client secondments to seamlessly integrate into in-house legal teams and tailor strategies to achieve business goals.

Stephanie is also deeply engaged with pro bono work. She provided integral support to Maslon Partner 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, helping craft the state’s use-of-force case. Stephanie also serves on Maslon’s Pro Bono Committee and maintains an active pro bono 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. She 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 major hospital system’s compliance with the Controlled Substances Act and reporting obligations to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
  • Investigated hospital employee’s patient interactions to determine necessary adverse employment actions and reporting obligations under federal and state law.
  • Investigated healthcare facility’s data security breach resulting in disclosure of Protected Health Information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
  • 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 global leading medical device company in year-long internal audit involving large-scale document collection and production.
  • Part of team that successfully defended medical transportation provider accused of conducting multimillion-dollar conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 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

Up & Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer, 2022

Recognized on Minnesota Rising Stars list as part of the Super Lawyers® selection process, 2018-2022 (Minnesota Rising Stars is a designation given to only 2.5% 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, 2017-2021 (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.)

Pro Bono Award, for commitment to pro bono service, Maslon LLP, 2022

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