Stephanie U. Eaton
Member | Vice Chair of Southern Offices, Litigation Department | Co-Chair, Construction Group
Winston-Salem, NC
office 336.631.1062
mobile 336.655.2229
  • Overview
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  • Distinctions
  • Admissions
  • Memberships
  • Publications & Presentations
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  • Results

Ms. Eaton's primary areas of practice include litigation involving construction-related claims, energy and utility matters, and product liability and commercial disputes. She has extensive experience handling class actions, mass tort litigation, multi-district litigation and complex, document-intensive matters.

Education

  • Emory University, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1993
  • University of Florida School of Law, J.D., 1996
 

Experience

Construction Contract Evaluation, Litigation and Dispute Resolution

  • Evaluates and negotiates commercial construction contracts (AIA, ConsensusDocs, Government Contracts and Private Contracts) for owners, contractors and subcontractors, including WBE/MBE’s, tank fabricators and erectors, grading and hauling contractors, and specialty subcontractors, in a variety of public and private building and highway construction
  • Uses alternative dispute resolution to resolve litigation disputes as early as practicable, files and/or defends lien claims, and handles construction litigation in court or arbitration to achieve optimal results for clients
  • Advises clients, such as lumber supplier and national lien company, on commercial projects with construction management and best practices before, during and following construction

Energy and Utility Litigation

  • Represents large end-users of electricity in utility matters before state public service commissions in North and South Carolina and in Florida
  • Advocates for clients in renewable energy, energy efficiency, demand side management, and base rate cases
  • Participates in stakeholder meetings and state- and commission-led workshops addressing resiliency, storm-preparedness, and increased use of renewable energy

Product Liability and Commercial Litigation

  • Defends multi-national industrial and environmental services corporation in product liability and commercial litigation matters, including securing motion for judgment as a matter of law in favor of client at federal jury trial in environmental remediation lawsuit, Rule 12 dismissal of federal lawsuit and successful defense of same suit following appeal to 11th Cir., pre-discovery dismissal of serious accident case in PA
  • Collaboration with industrial services client on efficient handling of industrial accident responses, investigation, and pre-suit resolution of disputes
  • Service as national and/or regional coordinating counsel to product manufacturers and suppliers in asbestos litigation in the Carolinas, Virginia and New York
  • Achieved pre-discovery dismissal of wrongful death lawsuit against manufacturer of residential and commercial drainage and septic products
  • Successfully resolved a series of lawsuits by hauling companies against a national highway truck engine manufacturer related to alleged engine defect and performance issues
  • Defended an international industrial chemical distributor in a six-week bifurcated jury trial stemming from serious industrial accident involving hazardous chemicals
  • Provided trial support in five-week jury trial in defense of a publicly traded company in litigation involving alleged pesticide damage to commercial crops
 
 
Battle Group-Litigation Chemical Commercial Trucking & Transportation Construction Law Health Care Law Litigation Product Liability Litigation Toxic Tort Litigation Utility Law

Distinctions

  • Fellow, Construction Law Society of America
  • Nominated by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2015-present, including Best Lawyers® 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Product Liability Litigation - Defendants in Greensboro, N.C., and in the area of Litigation – Construction, 2018-present
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Women Extraordinaire of the Triad, 2011

Admissions

  • North Carolina, Florida, South Carolina and Georgia State Bars
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Memberships

  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Construction, Energy Utilities Law, and Products Liability Committees
  • Defense Research Institute, 2007-present
    • Construction Law Committee: Steering Committee; Strategic Planning Chair, 2022-present; Marketing Chair, 2021-2022; Program Chair, Virtual Seminar, July 2020; Specialized Litigation Group, Chair, 2018-2020; Construction Defects Specialized Litigation Group, Vice-Chair, 2014-2017
    • Women in the Law Committee, Co-Liaison to Construction Law Committee, 2014 – present; Annual Award Vice-Chair, Women in the Law Committee, 2013-14; Public Service Project Committee Co-Chair, 2011-14
    • DRI Public Service Committee, 2011-2014
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • NCBA Construction Law Section Council: Chair, 2015-16; Vice-Chair, 2014-15; Secretary, 2013-14; Co-Chair of Membership and Construction Outreach Committee
    • NCBA YLD Fellows, Chair, 2015-16
    • Foundation Development Committee, former member
    • 4All Task Force Site Chair, Greensboro, NC, several years
  • Trial Law Institute
  • Diversity Law Institute

Publications & Presentations

  • Presenter, "Industry Perspectives on Energy Law Trends," U.S. Air Force JAG, Advanced Environmental Law Course 22-A, February 23, 2022
  • Co-Presenter, "Corporate Sustainability Goals – Net Zero By 2030?," DRI Construction Law Committee Annual Seminar, January 27, 2022
  • Presenter, “Déjà Vu All Over Again—Virtually (A Program Celebrating the Release of the 8th Edition of the North Carolina Construction Law Deskbook),” NCBA CLE, February 17, 2021
  • Presenter, “COVID-19 and the Construction Industry – What You Need to Know,” DRI Construction Law Webinar, April 8, 2020
  • Presenter, “Using Experts to Navigate the Minefields of Litigation,” DRI Construction Law Webinar, October 1, 2019
  • Author, “DRI Construction Meets Leaders of the National Association of Women In Construction,” The Critical Path, July 2019
  • Presenter, "From Order to Chaos: Using Experts to Navigate the Minefields of Litigation," DRI Construction Law Seminar, April 2019
  • Author, "What’s That Smell? An Examination of Legal Developments Related to Formaldehyde Products," The Critical Path, DRI Construction Law Committee, 2017
  • Presenter, "LEED Perspectives: The Legal Risks of Green Building," DRI Construction Law Seminar, June 2016
  • Co-Author, “Licensing of Construction Professionals” Chapter of NCBA Construction Law Deskbook (8th Ed., 2021)
  • Co-Author, “Licensing of Construction Professionals” Chapter of NCBA Construction Law Deskbook (7th Ed., 2016)
  • Co-Author, “Licensing of Construction Professionals” Chapter of NCBA Construction Law Deskbook (6th Ed., 2012)
  • Co-Presenter, “Witnesses” and “Expert Reports and Scientific Evidence,” Applying the Rules of Evidence: What Every Attorney Needs to Know, National Business Institute seminar, Greensboro, North Carolina, December 2013
  • Presenter, “Trying the Personal Injury Case.” National Business Institute, Greenville, South Carolina, September 2010
  • Presenter, “Survey of Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Laws of U.S. States and D.C.” Center for International Legal Studies Conference, Kitzbuhel, Austria, March 2007
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