Stephanie E.Parker

Practice Leader Business & Tort Litigation

Atlanta + 1.404.581.8552

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. In June 2019, she led the team that won a complete defense verdict in Robinson v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, which was the retrial of a $23.6 billion plaintiff's verdict (originally tried by another firm). She also 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. 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.

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Experience

  • R.J. Reynolds wins complete defense verdict in Jones wrongful death lawsuitAfter a trial lasting three weeks, a state court jury in Vero Beach, Florida returned a complete defense verdict in favor of Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a wrongful death case.
  • Organon defeats failure-to-warn claims in Fosamax® litigationOrganon & Co., represented by Jones Day, recently prevailed against hundreds of plaintiffs claiming that Merck, Sharp & Dohme Corp. (Organon's predecessor in interest) failed to warn them about the risk of developing so-called "atypical femoral fractures" when using Fosamax® to prevent and treat osteoporosis.
  • R.J. Reynolds secures Florida Supreme Court victory on fraudulent concealment claimsJones Day successfully represented R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company before the Florida Supreme Court in an appeal concerning the reliance element of claims for fraudulent concealment and conspiracy to fraudulently conceal in Engle progeny cases.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins complete defense verdict in Massachusetts consumer fraud lawsuitOn March 17, 2022, a judge in Barnstable, Massachusetts issued a ruling that resulted in a complete defense victory for Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a smoking-and-health case.
  • R.J. Reynolds successfully enforces patents in ITC trial against Philip Morris in dispute over cigarette alternativeJones Day's client Reynolds achieved a precedent-setting victory before the International Trade Commission (ITC) against its main competitors Philip Morris Products S.A. ("Philip Morris") and Altria Client Services LLC ("Altria") in a patent infringement dispute involving tobacco heating and vaping products.
  • R.J. Reynolds prevails in Florida Supreme Court appeal involving interpretation of punitive damages statuteJones Day successfully represented R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company before the Florida Supreme Court in an Engle progeny appeal presenting an issue concerning interpretation of Florida's punitive damages statute.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins complete defense verdict in Massachusetts wrongful death lawsuitOn November 17, 2021, following three and a half weeks of trial, a jury in state court in Lowell, Massachusetts returned a complete defense verdict in favor of Jones Day client, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, in a wrongful death case.
  • Merck resolves trade secret dispute involving vaccineJones Day represented Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. as plaintiff in a trade secret lawsuit filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Pfizer Inc. and a former Merck employee.
  • R.J. Reynolds prevails in appeal of venue decision in Engle progeny lawsuitJones Day represented R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in an Engle progeny wrongful death action brought by Tammy Frost, daughter of deceased smoker Billy Arant.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins affirmance of defense verdict in Engle progeny lawsuitJones Day represented R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in an Engle progeny wrongful-death action brought by the estate of deceased smoker Eugene Delancy.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins complete defense verdict in Oregon personal injury lawsuitOn February 19, 2021, after a two-week trial, a jury in Portland, Oregon returned a complete defense verdict on behalf of Jones Day client R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a personal injury lawsuit.
  • CEO testifies before Congressional subcommitteeJones Day prepared the CEO of a Fortune 500 company for testimony before a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins second complete defense verdict in Massachusetts wrongful death lawsuitOn December 20, 2019, following three weeks of trial, a jury in state court in Boston, Massachusetts returned a complete defense verdict in favor of Jones Day client, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, in a wrongful death case.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins complete defense verdict reversing $23.4 billion punitive damages awardOn June 24, 2019, following eleven days of trial, a jury in Pensacola, Florida returned a defense verdict in favor of Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a retrial of a wrongful death action.
  • Merck obtains unanimous Supreme Court ruling in Fosamax® product liability caseJones Day represented Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. in its unanimous win before the Supreme Court in a product liability case involving Merck's prescription medicine Fosamax®.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins complete defense verdict in Massachusetts wrongful death lawsuitOn March 27, 2019, following nearly four weeks of trial, a jury in state court in Dedham, Massachusetts returned a defense verdict in favor of Jones Day client, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, in a wrongful death case.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins complete defense verdict in Russell wrongful death lawsuitOn January 25, 2019 after a trial lasting 15 days, a jury in Lakeland, Florida returned a complete defense verdict in favor of Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a wrongful death action.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins complete defense verdict in Ellis "Engle progeny" lawsuitOn December 7, 2018, following ten days of trial, a jury in Tampa, Florida returned a defense verdict in favor of Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a wrongful death action.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins complete defense verdict in Hochreiter wrongful death lawsuitOn November 16, 2018, after a trial lasting 11 days, a jury in Orlando, Florida returned a complete defense verdict in favor of Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a wrongful death action.
  • Idenix wins $2.54 billion jury verdict in Gilead patent dispute involving hepatitis C drugsAfter a nine day trial and less than two hours of jury deliberation, Jones Day, on behalf of Idenix Pharmaceuticals LLC (a subsidiary of Merck & Co.), won the largest patent infringement verdict in U.S. history to date, involving a multi-billion dollar patent dispute with Gilead Sciences Inc. over sofosbuvir, the active ingredient in Gilead’s hepatitis C drugs Sovaldi® and Harvoni®.
  • Additional Publications

    • December 20, 2016
      ATL Lawyer Who Led $2.548 Patent Win Had Never Tried an IP Case, Daily Journal (interviewed)
    • December 15, 2016
      Idenix Wins $2.5B Verdict In Gilead Hep C Drug Patent Fight, Law360 (interviewed)
    • May 2016
      Trial Pros: Jones Day's Stephanie Parker, Law360
    • January 2016
      Jury Clears RJR in $14M Row Over Pharmacy Tech's Death, Law360
    • November 2015
      Product Liability MVP: Jones Day's Stephanie Parker, Law360
    • August 2015
      Trial Aces: Jones Day's Stephanie Parker, Law360
    • April 2015
      How Top Product Liability Defenders Sway Jurors, Law360
    • November 2014
      Product Liability MVP: Jones Day's Stephanie Parker, Law360

    Speaking Engagements

    • November 5, 2015
      Becoming First Chair, Defense Research Institute
    • September 5, 2014
      Class Actions, Georgia ICLE
    • September 18, 2009
      Trial Techniques
    • October 6, 2006
      Class Actions
    • November 11, 2005
      Successful Trial Practices - Cross Examination, Georgia ICLE
    • October 7, 2005
      Class Actions - Expert Witness Testimony at the Class Certification Hearing
    • October 14, 2004
      Class Actions - Product Liability, Georgia ICLE
    • August 7, 2004
      New Frontiers in Product Liability Litigation, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Presidential CLE Program
    • June 11, 2004
      Cross Examination, Defense Research Institute
    • February 21, 2003
      Successful Trial Techniques, Georgia ICLE
    • December 13, 2002
      Trial Techniques in Product Liability Cases - New Ideas and Proven Strategies, Georgia ICLE
    • March 28, 2002
      Successful Trial Techniques, Georgia ICLE
    • November 1, 2001
      Professional and Ethical Dilemmas in Litigatiion, Georgia ICLE
    • December 7, 2000
      Nuts & Bolts of Product Liability Law, cochair, Georgia ICLE
    • June 9, 2000
      Ninth Annual Product Liability Seminar, chair, Georgia ICLE