Before putting her technical and writing skills to work in patent, copyright, and trade secret disputes, Stephanie honed these skills as a judicial law clerk to a United States District Judge. While pursuing an undergraduate degree in genetics, Stephanie developed a working knowledge of organic chemistry, biochemistry, analytical chemistry, microbiology, and molecular genetics. As an undergraduate research assistant, she frequently performed DNA amplification, reverse transcription, and gel electrophoresis techniques.
In addition to her civil litigation practice, Stephanie has devoted a great deal of time to pro bono representation of an inmate on Texas death row. She participated in the two-week-long evidentiary hearing on his petition for writ of mandamus and presented evidence that her client is ineligible for the death penalty under the Eighth Amendment's prohibition on executing intellectually disabled individuals. Stephanie takes great pride in the opportunity to tell her client's story.
EducationJ.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 2010, High Honors; Order of the Coif; Texas Law Review, Member; Winner, Bracewell and Giuliani Best Memo Competition, 2008
B.S., Genetics, Texas A&M University, 2007, summa cum laude; National Merit Scholar, 2003-2007
Significant AccomplishmentsWon summary judgment of noninfringement for oil and gas operator against non-practicing entity in the Eastern District of Texas.
Obtained favorable jury verdict, including invalidity of an asserted patent, for leading WAN technology company.
Obtained dispositive claim construction for semiconductor manufacturer in patent infringement case relating to semiconductor fabrication techniques in the Eastern District of Texas. The construction was upheld by the Federal Circuit.
Won summary judgment relating to indemnification claims and requiring disbursement of escrow account in Delaware Chancery Court.
Defended inventors of laser ultrasound technology against claims brought by former employer for patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and declaratory judgment of patent ownership. The client was able to reach a settlement in this matter.
Submitted briefs to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in a software copyright case and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in patent infringement cases.
Represented a generic drug manufacturer defending against claims of patent infringement under the Hatch-Waxman Act. The matter reached a favorable settlement.
Defended a non-profit organization against claims of copyright infringement and breach of contract, helping to reach a very favorable settlement for the client.
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