Stephanie M. Rippee


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
Practice Areas
Commercial Litigation
Product Liability Litigation
Mass Torts
Class Actions

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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  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • AV Preeminent┬« Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Benchmark's Top 250 Women in Litigation, 2016, 2017
  • 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┬« (2011-2017, 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)
  • Top Ten Recipient of Mississippi Business Journal's Leadership in Law Award, 2017
  • Who's Who Legal: Product Liability Defence 2014-present


Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, "Balancing the Scales: Leading Women Lawyers on Meeting the Challenges of the Legal Profession," Capital Area Bar Association Women's Initiative Meeting, Jackson, MS, March 20, 2018
  • 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, (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
    • Editorial Board, Defense Counsel Training Manual (2015-2016)
    • 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, the MIND Center presents The Doobie Brothers (2017)
  • 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)