Stephanie Simpson-Mathless concentrates her practice on commercial litigation. Her litigation experience covers a range of areas, including contract disputes, emergency business litigation, shareholder claims and business torts in both federal and state court. She has also represented clients in consumer fraud and finance litigation relating to claims under the Fair Debt Collection Practice Act (FDCPA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the Truth in Lending Act (TILA). Stephanie has significant experience in nearly all aspects of civil litigation, from pre-suit settlement through trial. She has taken and defended depositions, drafted and successfully argued dispositive motions, argued discovery issues and supervised all aspects of discovery in civil disputes.
Prior to rejoining Patterson Law Firm, Ms. Simpson-Mathless worked as in-house counsel for a global Fortune 500 company, managed employment litigation with a focus on employment discrimination arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination Employment Act (ADEA) and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). As in-house counsel, she provided daily legal advice to business leaders and human resource personnel on a range of employment issues, including hiring and terminations, leaves of absence, return to work and accommodation issues, exempt/non-exempt classification under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), wage and hour claims and criminal background checks.
Ms. Simpson-Mathless received her B.A., magna cum laude, in Philosophy and in Government from The University of Texas at Austin and her J.D. degree from The University of Chicago Law School. While in law school, she interned for the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights at the University of Chicago, representing unaccompanied minors in deportation, asylum and related proceedings. She also interned with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, representing low-income individuals in proceedings arising from deceptive consumer practices, including mortgage foreclosure, collections actions brought by payday lenders and Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies. She grew up in Peru and is a native Spanish speaker.