Stephanie U. Eaton
Co-Chair, Construction Group | Member | Vice Chair of Southern Offices, Litigation Department
Winston-Salem, NC
office 336.631.1062
mobile 336.655.2229
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Ms. Eaton's primary area of practice is litigation, with an emphasis on construction, product liability, industrial accident and toxic tort litigation. She is very experienced handling class actions, mass tort litigation, multi-district litigation and complex, document-intensive matters.


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


  • Construction Contract Review/Management and Dispute Resolution
    • Handles corporate litigation and contract disputes for NC/SC/GA-based general contractor 
    • Advises west coast-based lumber supplier on construction contracts, claims-handling, lien filings and litigation on the east coast
    • Advocates for New England-based construction company in contract and payment disputes in the Carolinas
    • Negotiates commercial construction contracts (AIA, ConsensusDocs, Government Contracts and Private Contracts)
    • Advises clients on commercial projects with construction management and best practices before, during and following construction, uses alternative dispute resolution to resolve disputes as early as practicable, files and/or defends lien claims as needed, and manages construction litigation to achieve optimal results for the client
  • Product Liability/Personal Injury Defense
    • Coordinates with industrial services client on industrial accident responses, investigation, and defense of claims and litigation
    • Achieved dismissal of wrongful death lawsuit against manufacturer of residential and commercial drainage and septic products
    • Coordinates strategic defense of Carolinas-based product supplier in New York asbestos litigation
    • Defended an international industrial chemical distributor in a bifurcated jury trial stemming from serious industrial accident involving hazardous chemicals
    • Provided trial support in jury trial in defense of a publicly traded company in litigation involving alleged pesticide damage to commercial crops
    • Represented multinational PPE manufacturer in a personal injury matter related to an industrial accident
  • Commercial Litigation
    • Defends a variety of product liability and commercial litigation matters for a Fortune 500 industrial services corporation to achieve results favorable to the client’s existing business needs and long-term goals
    • Directs corporate plaintiff litigation to recoup funds owed to business clients
    • Represents clients before state public service/utility commissions in energy/utility rate cases
    • Represents clients in administrative hearings involving employment-related issues, and defending employers in employment-related litigation, including discrimination, harassment and retaliation matters
    • Successfully resolved a series of lawsuits against a highway truck engine manufacturer related to alleged engine performance issues
    • Represented multinational insurance company in dispute over life insurance coverage on plaintiff’s claims of constructive fraud, unfair trade practices, breach of fiduciary duty
Chemical Construction Law Health Care Law Litigation Battle Group-Litigation Product Liability Litigation Toxic Tort Litigation Utility Law Commercial Trucking & Transportation


  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Product Liability Litigation - Defendants in Greensboro, N.C.
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Nominated by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and Litigation – Construction, 2018, 2019
  • Women Extraordinaire of the Triad, 2011
  • Cambridge Who's Who Professional of the Year, Legal Services Industry, 2010


  • North Carolina, Florida and South Carolina 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 Middle and Southern Districts of Florida


  • Defense Research Institute, 2007-present
    • Construction Law Committee, Specialized Litigation Group, Chair, 2018-present
    • Construction Law Committee, 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
  • National Association of Women in Construction, Piedmont Chapter #109, Member, 2016- present
  • Forsyth County Women Attorneys Association, Former President

Publications & Presentations

  • 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 (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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