Stacey E. Deere focuses her practice on complex products liability litigation and has defended clients in numerous state and federal courts across the United States.
Presently, Stacey is a member of Shook’s team representing Philip Morris USA in the defense of smoking-and-health cases in Florida known as the Engle Progeny litigation.
The Engle litigation is made up of more than 7,500 individual cases filed after the Florida Supreme Court decertified a statewide class action that had been tried to a verdict that awarded punitive damages to the class.
Stacey was a member of the team trying the very first of these cases to go to trial and continues to represent the firm’s clients in trials of these matters. In addition to Engle progeny cases, Stacey has defended both individual smoking and health cases and class actions for Philip Morris USA and Lorillard Tobacco Company.
Stacey’s practice has involved various aspects of pre-trial and trial work. In 2003, she participated as national counsel for Smith & Wesson Corp. in the highly publicized trial of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People v. AA Arms, Inc., et al., Case No. CV 99 3999 (E.D.N.Y., J. Weinstein), where an advisory jury found no liability as to any of the approximately 70 defendants.
She also represents Smith & Wesson Corp. in the reimbursement litigation brought against the firearms industry by numerous cities and counties. Stacey has represented Miller Brewing Company in both litigation and administrative law matters, and she has assisted various clients in copyright infringement, environmental and toxic tort litigation.
In addition to her work on behalf of clients, Stacey is active in the community. She is a member of the Community Steering Committee of Camps for Kids, a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for special needs children to attend summer camp, and has previously served as board president of that organization.
She recently participated in the Jamaica Dental Mission, traveling to Jamaica to serve underprivileged residents by providing dental care to those in need. Additionally, Stacey has participated in numerous pro bono matters representing indigent clients and civic organizations.
She frequently represents and acts as legal guardian to children in adoption proceedings, as well as children who are the victims of abuse.
While in law school, she was staff editor for the Journal of Law & Policyand the Journal of Urban & Contemporary Law.
- J.D., Washington University School of Law, 2000
- B.A., summa cum laude, Truman State University, 1997
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
- American Bar Association
- Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
- Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
- The Florida Bar
- The Missouri Bar
- Camps for Kids, Community Steering Committee; President (Former)
- Jamaica Dental Mission
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