Stephanie is the Managing Partner of Pebble Beach Associates. Her experience as a top firm corporate partner, as general counsel of a leading research university and its medical center and as general counsel of a federal regulatory agency give her a unique ability to assess and resolve legal issues expeditiously and efficiently. Her clients benefit from her combination of substantive expertise, business acumen, experience in managing legal risks and knowledge of the federal regulatory environment.
As co-partner-in-charge of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s D.C. office, Stephanie represented public and private large, middle market and small businesses, federally-chartered entities and non-profits, and their boards, in wide variety of securities, corporate, transactional, M&A, regulatory, litigation and advisory matters.
At Georgetown University and Medical Center, Stephanie served as chief legal officer, chief compliance officer, member of the senior management team and advisor to the Board and Audit Committee. In those capacities, she was responsible for university-wide legal affairs and compliance, including for the medical center and international operations. She also co-led the C-suite team responsible for developing and implementing a global enterprise risk management program. Notably, she also negotiated and managed the legal aspects of an innovative on-line graduate nursing program.
As general counsel of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Stephanie led, directed and supervised all agency rulemaking, litigation and enforcement, and related investigations and activities. She also served as chief ethics officer and managed the Office of the Secretary and FOIA Office. Stephanie’s experience as a senior official of CPSC – which has broad authority over imports and jurisdiction over hazardous substances, pharmaceutical packaging and manufacturers and retailers of over 15,000 consumer products – gave her specialized insight into effective compliance, prevention, education and crisis management efforts. In addition to her notable litigation and enforcement successes at CPSC, a significant achievement was Stephanie’s development and implementation of compliance program and internal control requirements for regulated entities.
Stephanie teaches securities law at Georgetown Law Center and to staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) at SEC University. She is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from compliance programs and risk management, to best governance practices, to securities law disclosure requirements and consumer product regulation.
Washington D.C. “Legal Champion"
“Top D.C. Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer”
"Enterprising Woman of the Year"
“Non-Profit Lawyer of the Year”
“Outstanding Chief Legal Officer”
D.C. “Most Influential Lawyers”
“Leading US Corporate Lawyer”
D.C. "Woman Who Means Business"
Leadership Greater Washington
“What Public Companies Must Disclose – A Primer,” ABA Publishing (2019)
"Periodic Reporting Under the Federal Securities Laws," Bloomberg BNA, Corporate Practice Portfolio Series No. 89-2d (2018 update in press)
Bloomberg BNA, Corporate Compliance Manual, Contributing Author (2017)
“When in Doubt, Report: Coffee Pot Ruling Underscores Need for Robust CPSC Reporting Practices,” Bloomberg BNA, Product Safety and Liability Reporter (Jan. 9, 2017)
“SEC Seeks Public Comment on Audit Committee Disclosure,” Insights (June 2015)
“CPSC Fast Track Program -- Stop Sales Are Not New,” The National Law Review (July 7, 2015)
“Consumer Product Safety Commission Urges Proactive Compliance,” Compliance Week (July 22, 2014)
“Heeding the Cautionary Tale From GM’s Report,” The National Law Journal (Aug. 11, 2014)
"Acquisition Agreements: Focus on Purchase Price Provisions," contributing author, Lawyers' Merger and Acquisition Manual (2008 & 2009 update)
"What Corporate Lawyers Need to Know About the New Form 990," Insights (May 2008)
"What Nonprofit Directors Need to Know About the New Form 990," Corporate Board Member (May 2008)
"No Profit Doesn't Mean No Problem," Legal Times (November 20, 2006)
“American Red Cross: Governance for the 21st Century” (2006)
"Impact of Securities Offering Reform on Underwriting Agreements," Insights (October 2005)
J. D., University of Virginia
B.A., Economics (Phi Beta Kappa), The College of William and Mary
“When in Doubt, Report: Coffee Pot Ruling Underscores Need for Robust CPSC Reporting Practices" (pdf)Download
Consumer Product Safety Commission Urges Proactive Compliance (pdf)Download
SEC Disclosure: A Primer (pdf)Download
CPSC Fast Track Program (pdf)Download
No Profit Doesn't Mean No Problem (pdf)Download
Corporate Lawyers and IRS Form 990 (pdf)Download
Deal-Making: SOX Compliance (pdf)Download
Impact of Securities Offering Reform on Underwriting Agreements (pdf)Download