Stacy serves small businesses and entrepreneurs, providing cost-effective legal advice and representation in litigation, commercial transactions, and business planning.  In addition, she provides outside counsel services to businesses in need of a go-to advisor to address risk management issues, corporate governance questions, and other concerns commonly encountered in business transactions, planning, and disputes.

Stacy is a well-trained litigator and counselor, having most recently practiced with an AmLaw 100 law firm before opening her own firm.  With over ten years of experience, Stacy’s litigation skills include written discovery, depositions, expert retention, and preparing for and participating in settlement conferences, mediations, arbitrations, and trials. She has managed numerous cases from start to finish by way of settlement, dispositive motion, trial, or appeal. Her legal writing experience is extensive and Stacy also has solid courtroom experience. In addition to numerous bench trials, Stacy has second-chaired and tried solo jury trials to verdict.

In addition to litigation, Stacy’s experience extends to advising clients with respect to insurance coverage matters, business formations, contract drafting, review and negotiation, debt collection, and business policies and procedures.

PRACTICES

  • Small Business Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Business & Entrepreneurial Planning
  • Insurance Litigation and Coverage
  • Risk Management
  • Freelance Legal Services

EDUCATION

  • University of Toledo College of Law (2000), J.D. cum laude
  • University of Toledo Law Review, Assistant Executive Editor
  • Ohio University (1997) B.A. Political Science cum laude

ADMISSIONS

  • Pennsylvania
  • Ohio
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

PUBLICATIONS

PRESENTATIONS

  • “Legal Entities for Small Businesses,” Women’s Business Development Center’s JumpStart Business Launch Class, November 2011 & November 2012
  • “What Can You Do with a Law Degree? Some Perspectives From Lawyers Who Have Found Career Alternatives or Career Additions Inside, Outside, and Around the Law,” Panelist, Philadelphia Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Practice Committee, August 2011
  • “Building the Organization and Team,” Women’s Business Development Center’s FastTrac New Venture Program, April 2011
  • “The Business of Law: Strategies for Starting Your Own Law Firm,” Panelist, Philadelphia Bar Association Women in the Profession Committee, January 2011
  • “Reaching and Analyzing the Market: Best Networking Practices and Tips on Using Social Media,” Women’s Business Development Center’s FastTrac New Venture Program, April 2010

PROFESSIONAL  CERTIFICATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • National Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification, March 2011—March 2013
  • Co-Chair, Philadelphia Bar Association Solo & Small Firm Practice Management Committee, January 2012—June 2013
  • First Judicial District of Pennsylvania Pro Bono Roll of Honor, January 24, 2011
  • National Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia School of Law, 2006
  • IADC Trial Academy, Stanford Law School, 2005

REPRESENTATIVE COMMERCIAL LITIGATION EXPERIENCE

  • Authored appellate briefs that successfully overturned $2 million jury verdict. Prime Medica Assocs. v. Valley Forge Ins. Co., 970 A.2d 1149 (Pa. Super. 2009).
  • Obtained federal district court ruling that holding company’s corporate veil may not be pierced for liability of its wholly owned subsidiaries and dismissal of conversion claim of allegedly overcharged premiums. Bestway Systems, Inc. v. American International Group, Inc., Case No. 1:04-cv-01374, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26949 (N.D. Ohio Nov. 8, 2005).
  • Principal author of motion for summary judgment regarding the application of general liability policy’s sudden and accidental pollution exclusion on the issues of regulatory estoppel, promissory estoppel, and trade usage. Prepared outline for oral argument on motion, and drafted oppositions to motion to certify immediate appeal, motion for reconsideration, and motion to amend order. Also responsible for preparing motion to strike jury demand and motion to bifurcate trial.
  • Click here to read more examples of Stacy’s commercial litigation experience.

REPRESENTATIVE INSURANCE COVERAGE EXPERIENCE

  • Analysis of potential exposure for numerous long-tail products liability claims, including choice of law, whether injured claimants alleged “bodily injury” during a policy period caused by an “occurrence” as to fall within general liability policy’s insuring agreements, potential application of the contractual liability exclusion, allocation of defense and indemnity among triggered policies, and late notice defense.
  • Analysis of coverage and potential exposure for claim made by insured directors and officers, including whether claim was made and reported during policy period as required by terms of D&O policy, whether claim alleged a “Wrongful Act” and “Damages” as defined by the policy, potential application of the personal profit and fraudulent acts exclusions, and insurer’s duty to advance defense costs.
  • Analysis of coverage provided by Employee Benefit Plan Fiduciary Liability Policy for claims made by U.S. Department of Labor against insured company, including whether claim was first made and reported during policy, potential application of the policy’s profit or advantage, willful violation of statute, prior or pending, and failure to fund exclusions, and whether coverage was precluded by the insured’s breach of its duty to cooperate.
  • Click here to read more examples of Stacy’s insurance coverage experience.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • Member, Board of Advisors, Dress for Success Philadelphia, March 2010 – January 2012
  • Founder & Chair, Young Executives for Success (Y.E.S!) Philadelphia, January 2010 – June 2013
  • Pro Bono Counsel, Support Center for Child Advocates, August 2010 – June 2013
  • Pro Bono Counsel, The Humane Society of the United States, August 2006 – present
  • Pro Bono Counsel, Animal Legal Defense Fund, February 2007 – present
  • Volunteer, Philadelphia Animal Welfare Association (PAWS), May 2009 – June 2013
  • Volunteer, Dress for Success Philadelphia, August 2009 – June 2013