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Stephanie E. Parker
Partner

Practice Leader Business & Tort Litigation

Contact

(T) +1.404.581.8552
(F) +1.404.581.8330

Education

  • Vanderbilt University (J.D. 1984); Wesleyan College (A.B. with honors in Philosophy 1981)

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia and Florida

Clerkships

  • Law Clerk to Judge Wilbur D. Owens Jr., U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia (1984-1986)

Stephanie Parker co-leads the Firm's Business & Tort Litigation Practice and oversees the product liability litigation practice. She has extensive experience trying and leading "bet the company" litigation, especially product liability and mass tort cases. She led the team that achieved the record-breaking patent infringement verdict for Idenix Pharmaceuticals (subsidiary of Merck & Co.), the largest infringement verdict in U.S. history. After a two-week trial, the jury ordered Gilead Sciences to pay $2.54 billion in damages. Stephanie was named "Litigator of the Week" by The AmLaw Litigation Daily for Idenix's patent victory.

Stephanie has served clients in the tobacco, chemical, gasoline, pharmaceutical, medical device, and automotive industries. She also has significant other litigation experience, ranging from banking to white-collar criminal matters to the First Amendment. For more than 10 years, Stephanie has served as lead trial counsel for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in smoking and health-related jury trials. Currently, she is lead counsel for R.J. Reynolds in its Engle progeny litigation in Florida, which involves more than 9,000 plaintiffs. In this role, she has tried every bellwether trial in the Engle litigation: she was the lead defense lawyer in Reynolds' first state court trial, which resulted in the first ever Engle defense verdict for the industry; she was the lead defense lawyer in the first Engle federal court case, which also resulted in a defense verdict; and she has made many significant legal arguments on behalf of Reynolds.


Honors & Distinctions

  • National Law Journal "Winning Litigator"

    Recipient of Vanderbilt Law School Distinguished Alumna Award

    Recipient of Wesleyan College Alumnae Award for Distinguished Achievement in a Profession

    Law360's "Trials MVP" (2017), "Product Liability MVP" (2012-2015), and "Super MVP" (2015)

    Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA (nationwide in product liability)

    Member, Council of The American Law Institute

    Former board member, Girl Scout Council of Northwest Georgia
Stephanie Parker