Biography

Stephanie represents clients across a broad range of practice areas, including Litigation, Real Estate and Creditors’ Rights + Bankruptcy. She has been practicing law since 1999 and has been with Kegler Brown since 2003.

Creditors’ Rights + Bankruptcy

Stephanie spends most of her time representing clients in all aspects of creditors’ rights and bankruptcy matters. She leverages her talents and experience in issues including foreclosures, collections, garnishments, executions, out-of-court workouts and relief from stay concerns. Stephanie’s representative clientele comprises secured creditors, unsecured creditors committees, Chapter 11 debtors, Chapter 7 trustees and small business debtors in all chapters of bankruptcy. Stephanie is also involved in litigation relating to breaches of representations and warranties stemming from the sale of commercial mortgage-backed securities.

Real Estate

Another aspect of Stephanie’s practice is her work for firm clients in real estate litigation. She is experienced in negotiating workouts on real estate loan transactions and represents lenders in litigation matters, including foreclosures. Stephanie is also hired by title insurance companies to defend relevant policy rights of both lenders and owners.

Practice Areas

Education

  • University of Cincinnati College of Law (J.D., 1999)
  • Miami University (B.A., 1996)
  • Universidad de Costa Rica (Semester Abroad, Summer 1995)
  • University of Pittsburgh (Semester at Sea, Spring 1995)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Professional Affiliations

  • Columbus Bar Association, Bankruptcy Committee, member, Women Lawyers of Franklin County, member
  • International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), member; local network, former co-chair and current member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, member
  • Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD), member; 2014 Women You Should Know ™ Committee, co-chair
  • Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), member

Special Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating of AV
  • Selected as an “Ohio Rising Star” by Law & Politics magazine

Charitable + Civic Involvement

  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Board of Trustees, member (2005-2011); Board Development Committee, past chair; Outward Committee, member
  • Make-a-Wish Central Ohio Region, Board of Directors, member
  • Short North Alliance, Board of Directors, member

Publications

  • "Section 727 - Roadblocks to Discharge," Chapter, Norton’s Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law, 2008

Presentations

  • "Dischargeability Actions," National Business Institute, presented 2011
  • "Update on Checks and Electronic Payments," National Association of Credit Management, presented 2011
  • "Bankruptcy Basics," National Association of Credit Management, presented 2010
  • "The Impact of Bankruptcy on Pending Litigation," Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, presented 2009

Career Highlights

  • Practiced for two years in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Served as a judicial extern for Judge Robert Ruehlman in the Hamilton County, Ohio, Court of Common Pleas
  • Appointed by the Southern District of Ohio Court as a Special Master in 2007