Business and Commercial
Critical Motions / Appeals
University of Michigan Law School, J.D., summa cum laude, 2006
University of Michigan, B.S.E., magna cum laude, 1993
Harvard Professional Development Programs, Harvard Division of Continuing Education, Participant, Strategic Leadership September 28- 29, 2016
Judge Raymond M. Kethledge, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2010-2011
Judge John Feikens, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 2009-2010
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Michigan State Courts
Stephanie A. Douglas leads BSP’s appellate, class action, and complex briefing team. She focuses on translating complex legal and technical arguments into simple, understandable, and persuasive language. Her representative clients include Ford Motor Company, Pulte Home Company, Meadowbrook Insurance, and General Motors.
At the trial level, with an eye towards strategic decisions and issue preservation, Stephanie handles legal analysis, briefing, and argument on nearly any legal topic, including constitutional issues, contracts, product liability and other torts, tax, statutory interpretation, and employment law. On appeal, Stephanie both consults and handles appeals from start to finish. When she is not handling the appeal outright, Stephanie advises other attorneys inside and outside the firm on procedure and structure, edits and rewrites briefs for thematic and persuasive effectiveness, and moots oral arguments to identify and prepare responses to the most difficult anticipated questions. In addition to serving in consulting roles on dozens of appeals in state and federal courts throughout the country, Stephanie has been lead appellate counsel on cases in Federal Circuit, Ninth Circuit, and Sixth Circuit, as well as in state courts in Michigan, Arizona, and Pennsylvania.
- Secured dismissal of nationwide economic-loss class action at pleading stage on behalf of a major automotive manufacturer.
- In the Sixth Circuit, obtained affirmance of summary judgment for an automotive manufacturer in an appeal involving hybrid § 301 claims under the Labor Management Relations Act and a workers’ compensation retaliation claim under Kentucky law.
- Provided strategic consulting on dozens of trial and appellate matters throughout the country, including by developing cross-case strategies, identifying and preserving issues for appeal in individual cases, reviewing and editing trial and appellate briefs, and mooting key oral arguments.
- Counsel for a manufacturer in international employment dispute seeking more than $30 million in damages; obtained summary judgment and costs award, and preserved judgment on appeal.
- Strategic briefing and appellate co-counsel for several patent infringement disputes involving auto manufacturer in federal district court and Federal Circuit.
- Advanced motions and appellate counsel in high-exposure product liability case, obtaining strategic rulings on personal jurisdiction and choice of law.
- Advanced motions and appellate counsel in multiple-fatality product liability case tried in Kentucky federal court, obtaining key evidentiary rulings and helping to earn and preserve a complete defense verdict.
- Represented automobile manufacturer in local property tax matter before Michigan appellate courts, preserving tax exemption that saves approximately $750,000 per year.
- Represented automobile manufacture in state tax appeal before Michigan appellate courts, preserving interpretation of tax refund statute worth approximately $8.5 million.
- Served as co-counsel on appeal for hospital in insurance coverage dispute, successfully preserving $9 million judgment.
- Appellate counsel in a catastrophic product liability matter before Pennsylvania Superior Court, preserving summary judgment on behalf of automobile manufacturer.
- Briefing and appellate counsel for automobile company in contract dispute with potential dealer, obtaining multiple favorable summary judgment rulings on affirmative claims and counter-claims.
- As class counsel in construction defect putative class action involving tens of thousands of homes and seeking $2 billion in punitive damages, obtained with-prejudice dismissal of punitive damages claims, excluded testimony of plaintiffs’ liability and damages experts, and defeated class certification.
- Counsel for software analytics company in putative class action alleging product liability and negligence claims on behalf of 40,000 claimants and seeking billions in actual and punitive damages.
- Successfully defended national builder in putative class action, obtaining with-prejudice dismissal and $675,000 prevailing-party fees.
- Obtained dismissal of TCPA class action filed against national beverage company before responsive pleading or discovery.
- Obtained dismissal, and affirmance on appeal, of a parolee’s civil rights action brought against an addiction treatment company and its agents for failure to state a claim.
- As lead counsel for national automobile manufacturer in putative class action, obtained pre-discovery voluntary dismissal based upon dispositive motion filing.
- Obtained voluntary dismissal of putative class action filed in Northern District of California alleging violations of California’s Song Beverly Act shortly after moving to dismiss on personal jurisdiction and other grounds.
- Obtained favorable rulings on personal jurisdiction and choice of law in catastrophic product liability action in Michigan federal court, leading to partial summary judgment of Plaintiff’s claim for punitive damages.
Before joining BSP, Stephanie was a judicial law clerk to Judge Raymond Kethledge on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge John Feikens in the Eastern District of Michigan, and an associate at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. In addition to her legal talent, Stephanie offers practical business and technical experience, which she acquired during her ten-year consulting career.
Stephanie graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where she earned numerous awards for outstanding academic work and served as the executive articles editor for the school’s technology journal. Stephanie also earned her B.S.E. in Computer Engineering, with honors, from the University of Michigan.
Honors & Awards
Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Leader in the Law, 2020
DBusiness Top Lawyers, 2016, 2018
Michigan Super Lawyers, Appellate Practice, 2016-present
Benchmark Litigation, Future Star, 2015-present
Michigan Super Lawyers, Rising Star – Appellate Practice, 2013-2015
Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Up & Coming Lawyers, 2012
University of Michigan Law School, Order of the Coif
Defense Research Institute, Member
Federal Bar Association, Member
Lawyers for Civil Justice, Expert Evidence Committee, Associate Member
Michigan Manufacturers Association, Member
Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, Delegate
Sixth Circuit Advisory Committee on Rules, Member
State Bar of Michigan, Member
“Total Recall: Strategies and Best Practices in Product Recalls” Panel for the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (February 2020)
“When Rulings Go Bad” presented to the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (September 2019)
“Verdict Vigilance: Preventing, Spotting, and Preserving Verdict-Related Issues” presented to the Network of Trial Law Firms (August 2018)
“Class Actions: Successfully Navigating This Complex and High-Risk Landscape” presented to the Network of Trial Law Firms (October 2017)
“Class in Session: Defending Putative Class Actions” presented to the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (September 2017)
“Defending Construction Defect Class Actions” nationwide counsel for a client (November 2016)
“Class Action Update: The Changing Landscape” Association of Corporate Counsel (February 2016)
“Class Actions and Mass Actions: Recent Developments and Reports from the Trenches” an update to National Association of Women Owned Law Firms (September 2014)
“Class Actions and Mass Actions: Recent Developments and Reports from the Trenches” nationwide counsel for a client (November 2013)
“As Universal Life Insurance Premiums Increase, So Does Class Action Litigation” DRI For the Defense, Volume 60, Issue 8 (August 2018)
“Verdict Vigilance: Preventing, Spotting, and Preserving Verdict-Related Issues” DRI Certworthy, Volume 19, Issue 1, (June 2018)
“Tyson Foods Inc. v Bouaphakeo: An Aberration in the Use of Statistical Sampling in Class Actions” DRI In-House Defense Quarterly (Winter 2017)
For the Community
Child Care Network, Board Member, 2009-2012
National Association of Counsel for Children, authored Amicus Curiae Brief to the Michigan Supreme Court, 2009