Stephanie M. Rippee

Member

Stephanie M. Rippee is admitted to the Mississippi and Tennessee Bars.  For 25 years, she has sought to find practical and efficient legal solutions for clients on a local, regional and national basis. Her practice focuses on both commercial litigation and product liability litigation.  She has earned the ANSI-accredited Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) credential through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). She is a recognized public speaker and author and has been selected by Mid-South Super Lawyers as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Mississippi. 

Representative Matters

  • Obtained summary judgment for private financing company on multimillion dollar guaranty executed by corporate debtor's individual alter ego principal
  • Trial counsel for bank seeking discharge as co-executor of disputed estate
  • Counsel for bank in overdraft protection class action
  • Trial counsel for German gun manufacturer in product liability action
  • National counsel team for manufacturer of birth control pill
  • Lead counsel for multiple pharmaceutical manufacturers in Average Wholesale Price litigation in both Mississippi and Louisiana
  • Lead counsel for boiler repair contractor in multi-million dollar commercial dispute with customer
  • Co-lead counsel for pharmaceutical company in all Mississippi diet drug litigation in state court, federal court and MDL proceeding
  • National counsel for pharmaceutical contract manufacturer in isotretinoin litigation
  • Trial counsel in multiple bad faith insurance cases for various life, health and disability insurers
  • Mississippi counsel team for manufacturer of implantable birth control device

Contact Information:

Telephone number: 601.965.1991
Email: srippee@watkinseager.com
Practice Areas
Commercial Litigation
Product Liability Litigation
Mass Torts
Class Actions
Education

Bachelor of Accountancy: University of Mississippi, summa cum laude, 1988
Taylor Medalist in Accounting, 1987
Juris Doctor: Vanderbilt Law School, 1991
Associate Editor,Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law
Associate Problem Editor, Vanderbilt Moot Court Board

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Honors

  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • AV Preeminent┬« Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Benchmark's Top 250 Women in Litigation, 2016
  • Benchmark Litigation: Local Litigation Star, 2017
  • Chambers USA-America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2015-2017, General Litigation)
  • Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law (2012-present)
  • Guide to the World's Leading Litigation and Product Liability Lawyers (2012-present)
  • IADC 43rd Annual Trial Academy, Stanford Law School, Palo Alto, CA, Faculty Member, August 1-7, 2015 
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers┬« (2011-2016, Personal Injury Defense: Products; 2011-2016 Top 50 Lawyers in Mississippi; 2011-2016 Top 50 Female Lawyers in Mid-South)
  • Mississippi Business Journal's 50 Leading Business Women (2008)
  • PORTICO  Legacy Lawyers, Class of 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America┬«, (Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation)
  • Who's Who Legal: Product Liability Defence 2014-2015

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Trust Litigation Trends and Emerging Risks," Mississippi Bankers Association Financial Management Conference, Jackson, MS, November 4, 2016
  • Moderator, "After the Data Breach: A Hands On 'Table Top' Demonstration About How To Counsel Clients In Crisis," IADC Midyear Meeting, Pebble Beach, CA, February 20-25, 2016
  • Moderator, "Data Breach: Principles, Practice and the Public Interest," IADC Midyear Meeting, Pebble Beach, CA, February 20-25, 2016
  • Speaker, "Privacy and Data Security," Mississippi Bankers Association Bank Director Training, Oxford, Jackson and Hattiesburg, MS, February 17-19, 2015
  • Speaker, "What the IADC Website Can Do For You: How to Maximize the Benefits of Your Membership," IADC Webinar, October 22, 2014
  • Speaker, "Ethics & Asset Protection Trusts: A Panel Discussion," Jackson, MS, July 29, 2014
  • Speaker, "Health Care Issues in Product Liability Law," UM-CLE Current Issues in Health Care Law, Ridgeland, MS, May 16, 2014
  • Moderator, "Evidentiary Issues Key to Product Liability Cases," IADC Midyear Meeting, Rancho Mirage, CA, February 11-16, 2012
  • Speaker, "World of Product Liability Law in Review," IADC Annual Meeting, Whistler, British Columbia, July 9-14, 2011
  • Moderator,"Strategies for Success As a Female Litigator," IADC Webinar, April 19, 2011
  • Moderator, "Trial Skills: Technology in the Courtroom and in Mediation," ABA Section of Litigation Product Liability Committee, Women In Product Liability Workshop, New York, New York, November 12, 2010
  • Speaker, "Sales Representatives in the Operating Room: Recognizing and Minimizing the Risks of Liability," Zimmer Solutions, Inc. Mid-Year Sales Meeting, August 2010
  • Speaker, "Women in the Profession," Tougaloo College Pre-Law Summit, Jackson, MS, April 2010
  • Speaker, "Lunch With Experience," ABA Law Student Division 5th Circuit Spring Meeting, Jackson, MS, February 2010
  • Speaker, "The Legal Profession: A Panel Discussion," Mississippi College, Clinton, MS, March 2009
  • Speaker, Women in Law Roundtable, Mississippi College, Clinton, MS,  March 2008

 

Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association Task Force on Federal Agency Preemption (2009-2010) 
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • State Coordinator for Mississippi - iCivics, www.iCivics.org (web-based education project spearheaded by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to reinvigorate civics education in middle schools) (2009-present)
  • Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project (2007-present) 
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation (Mass Torts Litigation Committee, Product Liability Committee, Commercial and Business Litigation Committee); Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (Business Litigation Committee, Product Liability Committee) 
  • Co-Chair, American Bar Association Current Issues in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation CLE Workshop, Philadelphia, PA, November 17, 2011
  • Trial Attorneys of America (2009-2012)
  • Defense Research Institute (Product Liability Committee; Drug and Device Committee; Diversity Committee)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Host, IADC Regional Meeting, Jackson, MS , April 1, 2014
    • State Membership Chair- Mississippi (2011-present);
    • Products Liability Committee - Vice Chair of Diversity (2009-2011); Vice Chair of Programs and Projects (2011-2013); Vice Chair of Webinars (2013-2014); Vice Chair of Membership (2014-2015); Committee Chair (2015-2017)
    • Business Litigation Committee - Vice Chair of Diversity (2012-2014); Vice Chair of Webinars (2014-2015)
    • Drug, Device and Biotechnology Committee;
    • Diversity Committee
    • Civil Justice Response Committee
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association 
  • Capital Area Bar Association, Women in the Profession Committee (2007-2010; Co-Chair 2010-2011), Law Related Education Committee (2012-2014)

Community Involvement

  • Planning Committee, Youth Villages Tribute to Excellence (2016)
  • Planning Committee, Brian Wilson, a benefit concert for the MIND Center (2016)
  • Planning Committee, Gladys Knight, a benefit concert for the MIND Center (2015)
  • Planning Committee, Youth Villages Tribute to Excellence (2014)
  • Planning Committee, An Evening With the Band Perry, concert benefiting the MIND Center (2013)
  • Planning Committee, Youth Villages Tribute to Excellence (2013)
  • Planning Committee, Glen Campbell, An Evening With the Rhinestone Cowboy, concert benefiting the MIND Center (2012)
  • Mississippi Arthritis Foundation's Jammin' for Joints - Corporate Sponsor Co-Chair (2012-2013)
  • Executive Leadership Team, American Heart Association's Art For Heart Gala (2010-2011) 
  • Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi's Bacchus Ball - Event Chair (2009); Corporate Sponsor Chair (2010); Premiere Silent Auction Co-Chair (2011-2012)
  • Advisory Board, Memory Impairment and Neurodegenerative Dementia (MIND) Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (2009-present)
  • Youth Villages Mississippi Leadership Council (2012-present)
  • Finance Chair, An Evening with the Creators of The Help, benefiting the MIND Center (2010)
  • Friends of Children's Hospital Light A Light Program (2008-2009)

 

 

 
 
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