Stephanie Niehaus has advised and defended clients across multiple industries, including chemicals, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, manufacturing, insurance and financial services and has gained a particularly deep understanding of complex multi-plaintiff matters. She has considerable trial and other in-court experience, and also routinely provides strategic advice to clients seeking to avoid or minimize the risk of litigation.
Stephanie’s representative experience includes her key participation on the core defense team for a Fortune 500 global science company in federal multidistrict litigation involving novel claims of personal injury and wrongful death arising from alleged toxic exposures to perfluorinated compounds through drinking water. Her work in that case culminated with serving as trial counsel as part of a four-partner team in two bellwether trials, and acting in a key trial support capacity for two additional bellwether trials. Stephanie’s multidistrict litigation experience also includes her participation in the defense of a large pharmaceutical company against serious personal injury claims allegedly resulting from exposures to contrast agents, in which she had significant responsibility for various aspects of fact and expert discovery, strategic development and trial preparation in several bellwether plaintiff cases.
Stephanie also had a lead role on the team defending a Fortune 500 global science company in a breach of contract dispute involving disruptive technology, managing extensive electronic discovery, developing and implementing pre-trial and trial strategies, and developing and arguing a post-trial appeal to the Second Circuit. She acted as lead counsel in a protracted contract dispute between a global plastics supplier and its software vendor, involving consideration of litigation options and strategies, ultimately supporting the client in renegotiating its licensing agreements. More recently, she successfully defended a Fortune 500 health insurance company in injunctive proceedings, first in New York state court and then in arbitration.
Stephanie has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2013. She was named to Benchmark Litigation’s inaugural 40 and Under Hot List in 2017 and again in 2018. She has been recognized in Ohio Super Lawyers, a distinction honoring the top lawyers in the state. She also was recognized by the firm in 2010 as a Woman of Professional Excellence, an honor given in conjunction with the YWCA of Greater Cleveland that recognizes high professional standards and demonstrated career and personal growth, significant contributions to the effective, efficient operation of the firm, and a willingness to support and mentor others in the firm, especially women.
Stephanie leads the New York office’s litigation practice, and is a member of the firm’s Ethics Committee.