- Serves as Texas liaison counsel for a luxury automobile importer in a number of class action lawsuits.
- Assisted in the representation of a food producer and marketer in various class action lawsuits regarding exposure to pesticides.
- Obtained dismissal of a local exchange carrier in a putative class action alleging improper third-party billing practices, commonly referred to as “cramming.”
- Served as lead trial and appellate counsel for a major wireless telecommunications provider in federal court on an issue of first impression regarding 911 services liability. Obtained dismissal at the trial level and affirmance before the Fifth Circuit on the basis that the client was entitled to 911 service provider immunity.
- Won a challenge to personal jurisdiction in Texas state court on behalf of an Australian power company, resulting in dismissal and voiding of a default judgment that awarded relief equivalent to approximately $200 million.
- At the motion to dismiss stage, obtained a ruling of first impression that a major wireless telecommunications provider was entitled to immunity under the Texas Health & Safety Code from claims related to the provision of E911 services and a dismissal of all claims against the client.
- Nationwide representation of fireplace manufacturers in multiple product liability lawsuits involving alleged burn injuries due to contact with the glass front of clients’ fireplaces.
- Successfully obtained a take-nothing dismissal on behalf of major wireless communications provider in a Texas state court suit alleging dram shop liability and negligence involving the wrongful death of an employee.
- Represented a leading inmate telecommunications services provider in two patent infringement lawsuits brought by a competitor regarding three-way calling and VoIP technology. Successful in obtaining a transfer of the second lawsuit to the same venue as the first for consolidation of the matters.
- Represented a preeminent telecommunications company in obtaining an injunction and a favorable verdict on a market rental determination involving a significant telecommunications center.
- Represented another prison telecommunications company in a jury trial alleging breach of a patent portfolio agreement that ended in a favorable settlement.
- Prosecuted substantial damage claims against gas suppliers on behalf of a leading North American chemical manufacturer.
- Represented a DFW-based manufacturer of HVAC and refrigeration products in claims involving defective component parts from a foreign supplier used in commercial refrigeration systems.
- Obtained a favorable settlement in a Department of Energy investigation of alleged violations of the energy conservation standards for certain faucets sold by the client, a global leader in manufacturing and distribution of copper, brass and plastic tubes, fittings, pipes and valves. Successfully negotiated with the DOE general counsel’s office to reduce proposed civil penalties by 75% and obtained other favorable terms that resulted in the close of the investigation and prevented the client from having to report the fine.
- Prior to trial, obtained the dismissal of the client, the non-manufacturing distributor of a gas valve, from a Dallas suit involving a gas explosion that resulted in substantial personal injuries and a fatality.
- Obtained favorable dismissals and settlements in several product liability cases based on products distributed but not made by the client. The settlements limited the client’s exposure and allowed the client to seek indemnity from the foreign manufacturers of the products.
- Restricted the scope of a nonparty deposition of a key executive of one of the largest international oil and gas exploration and production companies.
- Resolved a matter on behalf of a Dallas property management company despite entering the case after a TRO had been entered against the client.
- Represented an expert consulting firm to prevent the nonparty deposition of one of its principals. Successfully prevented the principal’s deposition and any claims being asserted against the client.
- Represented a leading technology provider in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit involving a global outsourcing agreement for the design and operation of a telecommunications network operating system. Obtained a favorable settlement before trial.
- Defended a client against alleged trade secret, unfair competition and fraud claims under Texas law.
- Represented a client in various billing disputes with third-party billing aggregators.
- Represented a client in defamation and business tort litigation and injunctive proceedings between former partners concerning a real estate development project that resulted in a positive settlement before trial.
- Counsel clients regarding compliance with water and energy conservation standards and labeling requirements regulated by the Department of Energy and Federal Trade Commission.
Stephanie Clouston leads Alston & Bird’s Dallas litigation practice. She is an experienced and effective litigator who focuses her practice on business disputes in the telecommunications, manufacturing, energy and construction industries. Stephanie represents clients in state and federal courts across the U.S. in major commercial disputes concerning breach of contract, negligence, products liability and fraud. She has also successfully represented clients in regulatory and investigative matters before governmental agencies, including states attorneys general, the Federal Trade Commission, Federal Communications Commission, Department of Energy, and Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Outside the courtroom, Stephanie is an active leader in the Center for Women in Law, an organization dedicated to promoting the legal careers of women throughout Texas and the U.S.
Stephanie earned her J.D., cum laude, from Southern Methodist University, where she was a regional finalist and “top ten oral advocate” for the ABA national moot court team, as well as a member of the Inns of Court and chief counsel for the SMU Civil Clinic. She received her B.A., also cum laude, from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
Stephanie is a member of the State Bar of Texas and is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Texas, the United States Supreme Court, as well as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeals.
- Southern Methodist University (J.D., 1997)
- University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (B.A., 1993)
- Dallas Bar Association
- Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow (2009–2012)
- Patrick E. Higginbotham Chapter of American Inns of Court, Barrister (1997–1999)
- Circle of Leaders, Center for Women in Law, University of Texas School of Law (membership by invitation only)
- Chambers USA 2018-2019: Litigation: General Commercial - Texas, Band 4
- “Best Lawyers” by D Magazine 2016-2019
- “Texas Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018
- “Texas Rising Star” by Texas Monthly and Super Lawyers for 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011