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Background

Growing up in a strong union family in Highland, Illinois, Stephanie understands the importance of ensuring workers’ protection and obtaining just compensation for those who are injured due to the negligence or misconduct of others. Prior to joining the firm, she gained substantial experience working at a firm where she represented local businesses, school districts, and Fortune 100 companies in complex litigation. Stephanie also previously served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Madison County, Illinois. As a former criminal prosecutor, she is in a unique position to fight for clients who are victims of sexual assault, discrimination, and harassment. 

Stephanie graduated summa cum laude from Southeast Missouri State University in 2008. Her commitment to academia and community service culminated in her nomination for Southeast Missouri State University Woman of the Year in 2008. She then obtained her law degree from Southern Illinois University in 2012. While there, Stephanie participated in the Moot Court program and was voted Chief Judge of the Trial Advocacy Team. Stephanie participated in several national trial advocacy competitions, earning “Best Advocate” at the 2012 Texas Young Lawyer’s Association Competition in Chicago. She was also inducted into The Order of Barristers for excelling in advocacy and service.

In 2016, Stephanie was selected to participate in a Foreign lawyer Exchange Program, where she spent six weeks in Naples, Italy, at the Scognamiglio International Law Firm, visiting and observing its practice in the fields of international business and commercial transactions and university contracts. In addition, she attended a Human Rights Symposium at Nicolaus Copernicus University School of Law in Torun, Poland in October 2016.

Practice And Results

Stephanie devotes her practice to fighting for injured clients, representing victims of accidents and work-related incidents, and victims of sexual violence, harassment, and discrimination. She also represents clients in some criminal matters, including Driving Under the Influence, Domestic Battery, and Theft charges.

She has obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars for her clients through litigation in circuit courts in Illinois, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, and the E.E.O.C.

Education

  • J.D., Southern Illinois University School of Law, 2012
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Southeast Missouri State University, 2008

Jurisdictions Admitted To Practice

  • Illinois
  • Southern District of Illinois
  • Missouri

Affiliations

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Diversity Leadership Council (2018-2019)
  • Madison County Bar Association
  • Alton-Wood River Bar Association
  • The Women Lawyers' Association of Greater St. Louis

Speeches And Publications

  • Sex-Based Discrimination in U.S. Education Systems, Presenter
    Nov 15, 2017 – Lecture Collaboration – Southern Illinois University School of Law & Udmurt State University Law School in Izhevsk, Russia
  • Business Law Bootcamp, Presenter
    Jan 11, 2017 – Business Law Boot Camp – Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois

Legal Assistants

Terri Greathouse
tgreathouse@beattymotil.com

Hannah Patton
hpatton@beattymotil.com