Stephanie SouthwickManaging Partner

My focus: Business litigation

Number of cases I have tried: 8

Education: Juris Doctor (J.D.), The George Washington University, With Honors, 2003; Member of the George Washington International Law Review; The University of Oxford and the George Washington University, 2001; Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), University of Washington,1998.

Representative Matters:

  • Represent companies, directors and officers in business torts, contract disputes, trade secret cases, founder disputes, and employment matters;
  • Representative clients include start-ups, tech companies, VCs, and family offices;
  • Represented corporation in a multi-jurisdictional breach of contract dispute that settled after we filed a cross-complaint against the Plaintiff corporation and its principal for intentional interference and civil extortion;
  • Favorably settled multi-million dollar lawsuit on behalf of majority shareholder for fraud and breach of contract brought by a publicly traded company involving the purchase and sale of a technology company;
  • Represented the CEO of a tech company in a fraud and breach of contract case brought by former employees seeking over $20 million.  The case settled after we moved to file a cross-complaint against one of the plaintiffs;
  • Recent trials as lead counsel: Won a complete defense verdict in a wrongful termination suit brought by a physician against a medical group, and tried a sexual harassment and retaliation suit on behalf of employer physicians in which I obtained a directed verdict on punitive damages and settled the case; and
  • Won a summary judgment motion for judicial foreclosure, breach of contract, and alter ego on behalf of a lender against a borrower and its principal in a multi-million dollar lawsuit.

Favorite part of working at Greenfield: Collaborative effort with brilliant, creative attorneys, access to a wealth of expertise and experience.

Guiding principle: Do not stop at the obvious.  Whether shaping a legal theory or a uncovering a witness, creative strategy is key to achieving results.

Humorous trial moment: During the 6 week trial of a real estate dispute, the opposing counsel kept a box of latex gloves at counsel table which he used every time he handled an exhibit of sewage pipes. During a witness examination, I walked over to the pipes and grabbed one without gloving up and I could feel the jury gasp and then laugh. Opposing counsel couldn’t use the gloves after that…

What prepared me best for my career: My ballet training at Pacific Northwest Ballet and the School of American Ballet. I trained six days a week from a young age. Ballet taught me discipline and that excellence is a product of hard work and focus.

Favorite quote: “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” – Ambrose Redmoon