Kimberly D.  Stevens

Biography

Kimberly is an experienced civil trial attorney who represents global companies and governmental entities in complex business disputes, rideshare litigation, premises and product liability matters, catastrophic injuries, class actions and toxic tort litigation. She previously served as in-house counsel for an energy company representing the parent company, its subsidiaries, employees and officers in civil litigation and providing counsel to the business units. Prior to working as counsel for the energy company, Kimberly worked for one of the “Big Three” American automobile companies as a member of management teams in operations, human resources, and labor negotiations.

Kimberly is licensed in Michigan and Georgia, but has represented clients and managed litigation in federal and state courts in several states, including Alabama, California, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia. A portion of her experience includes:

  • Representing one of the world’s leading oil and gas companies against wrongful death, product liability, premises liability, and breach of contract claims;
  • Representing a global manufacturer and marketer of precision instruments in complex multi-million dollar business litigation involving claims of conspiracy to breach fiduciary duties, breach of contract, fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets and proprietary materials, and punitive damages;
  • Representing one of the nation’s fastest growing beverage retailers in premises liability cases;
  • Obtaining a defense jury verdict for a Fortune 50 retailer in a complex premises liability case involving allegations of disabling personal injuries and loss of business profits;
  • Defending $100 million dollar multi-jurisdiction toxic tort claims involving complex and unique theories of liability;
  • Defending the leading North American transport operator in multi-state wrongful death and product liability litigation;
  • Representing businesses and government entities in employment matters in federal and state courts and administrative hearings, involving Title VII, ADA and Section 1983;
  • Defending clients in product liability claims involving, but not limited to commercial carriers, chemicals, asbestos, textiles and consumer products; and
  • Numerous summary judgments for clients on the issues of duty and causation liability.

Services

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School  (J.D.)
  • Michigan State University  (B.A.)

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia
  • Michigan

Courts

  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Michigan Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Georgia
    • Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency
      • Appointed by the Georgia Supreme Court, Mentor, Transition Into Law Practice Program (July 2014–July 2015)
  • Georgia Defense Lawyer Association
    • Vice Chair, Premises Liability Substantive Law Committee (2006-2011)
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • National Bar Association

Honors

  • Super Lawyer "Rising Star," Super Lawyers Magazine 
  • Recipient, Distinguished Service Award, Wolverine Bar Association
  • Recipient, Special President's Award, Wolverine Bar Association
  • Recipient, Barrister of the Year Award, Barristers of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • Leadership DeKalb Class of 2013
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer Builder
  • Everybody Wins! Atlanta, Mentor to Elementary School Students

Presentations

  • Moderator, “Using Your Legal Skills to Transition from Outside Counsel to In-House Corporate Counsel or from the Corporate Legal Department to the Business Side of the Corporation,” National Bar Association, 30th Annual Corporate Counsel Conference, Atlanta, GA (February 2017)
  • Moderator, “Using Your Legal Skills to Transition from Outside Counsel to In-House Corporate Counsel or from the Corporate Legal Department to the Business Side of the Corporation,” National Bar Association, Gateway to Success III Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL (April 2016)
  • "Negotiation Strategies for Claims Professionals," CLM Continuing Education Course, Zurich American Insurance, Chicago, IL (October 2014)
  • “Litigation 101,” CLM Continuing Legal Education Course, Kemper Insurance Corporation Charlotte, NC (September 2014)
  • Mock Trial, "Direct-Examination of Defendant’s Medical Expert" and "Cross-Examination of Plaintiff’s Medical Expert," DRI Trial Tactics Seminar, Strengthening Your Trial Skills: Powell v. SuperPulper, Inc., Miami Beach, FL (March 2014)
  • “Practical Professionalism: Ethics, Standards, and Civility In Claims Handling,” CLM Continuing Legal Education Course, Zurich American Insurance, Parsippany, NJ (March 2014)
  • “Negotiation Strategies for Claims Professionals,” CLM Continuing Legal Education Course, RLI Transportation Insurance, Atlanta, GA (December 2013)