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.

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
       
  • Product Liability/Personal Injury Defense
    • Collaboration with industrial services client on efficient handling of industrial accident responses, investigation, and defense of claims and litigation, including pre-discovery dismissal of serious accident case in PA
    • 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
    • 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
       
  • Commercial and Administrative Law Representation
    • 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 jury trial in environmental remediation federal lawsuit, Rule 12 dismissal of federal lawsuit and successful defense of same suit following appeal to 11th Cir., and pre-suit negotiation of disputes.
    • Represents clients in utility matters before state public service commissions in the Carolinas and Florida, including participation in renewable energy, energy efficiency, demand side management, and base rate cases
    • Successfully resolved a series of lawsuits by hauling companies against a national highway truck engine manufacturer related to alleged engine performance issues
Chemical Construction Law Health Care Law Litigation Battle Group-Litigation Product Liability Litigation Toxic Tort Litigation Utility Law Commercial Trucking & Transportation

Distinctions

  • 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 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

Memberships

  • Defense Research Institute, 2007-present
    • Construction Law Committee – Program Chair, Virtual Seminar, July 2020
    • 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

Publications & Presentations

  • 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 (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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