Stacie R. Hartman is a trial lawyer who practices complex litigation nationwide. Fiercely protective of her clients’ interests, Stacie is a persuasive advocate whose targeted legal strategies are based on a thorough understanding of her clients’ businesses and big picture objectives. Clients rely on Stacie to leverage her exceptional strategic judgment with her substantial experience to achieve winning results.
Stacie acts as first chair, leading major cases in courts around the country and in enforcement proceedings before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, National Futures Association and financial exchanges.
She also represents clients in investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice. She is called upon by clients to not only manage the matters they bring her, but also to oversee matters being handled by other nationally recognized lawyers at different firms.
Stacie’s IP litigation experience is extensive and covers not only financial indexes and products and electronic trading systems, but also electronic communication systems between sensors and base stations, LEDs, healthcare compliance systems, gaming systems, automotive suspension systems and condensers, and well-known brands of consumer and luxury goods. Her IP cases have been in federal courts around the country and in the International Trade Commission.
The Wall Street Journal described a case in which Stacie represented CBOE as a “high stakes legal battle.” She obtained summary judgment (affirmed on appeal, cert. denied 133 S.Ct. 2339 (2013)) for CBOE to protect its exclusive rights to list options based on the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
Stacie obtained defense awards at FINRA against claimants who had lost millions trading, as well as awards totaling more than $2 million on her clients’ counterclaims. Securities Awards Monthly reported on the cases.
In high-stakes enforcement proceedings, Stacie has helped her clients avoid prosecution completely or obtain settlements that set records for their low penalties or otherwise-reduced scope of relief. Her cases have involved allegations of market manipulation, false statements, disruptive trading practices, violation of customer segregated fund rules, uncommercial order entry for indicative opening prices, among others.
In a high-profile case, Stacie successfully vindicated athlete Michael Jordan’s termination of licenses for the use of his name in a restaurant and retail store.
Stacie obtained a successful settlement for a medical technology company that resulted in General Electric taking a license to our client’s patents, among other terms.
Stacie obtained reversal of a judgment of unenforceability for alleged inequitable conduct in the patent owner’s not disclosing prior art to the Patent & Trademark Office.
Stacie has leveraged decisions by the courts and strategic litigation positions into successful settlements that help her clients avoid the cost of further litigation and trial.
- Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, J.D., 1996
- Northwestern University, B.A., History, 1993
- St. Catherine’s College – Oxford University, matriculated, 1991-1992
- New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
- American Bar Association, Derivatives & Futures Law Committee, Past Co-Chair, Annual Meeting
- Chicago Bar Association, Futures and Derivatives Law Committee, Past Chair
- Federal Circuit Bar Association
- Futures Industry Association
- Institute of Financial Market Regulation, Advisory Board
- New York State Bar Association
- Women’s White Collar Defense Association, Programming Committee, Annual Attorney Meeting
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