Stephanie Taylor

Attorney at Hagans Montgomery Hagans

Class: 2006
Major: Public Policy Studies major, MMS certificate
Field of Interest: Law

In matters ranging from large commercial cases to complex products liability cases to personal injury cases, Stephanie focuses her practice on each client’s specific needs. As a result, she has successfully resolved disputes in both state and federal courts all over the country. Whether she’s representing an international company or an injured individual, Stephanie’s commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for her client never changes.

She is licensed to practice before all courts in the State of Texas and the State of California. She is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, the United States District Court of Colorado, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Often, Stephanie is asked to serve as co-counsel during trial because of her acute attention to detail and relentless work ethic. She has served as co-counsel in multiple state and federal court trials, resulting in many multi-million dollar settlements for her clients.

Stephanie was named by Thomson Reuters to the Rising Stars list in both 2019 and 2020. She was also named in both 2019 and 2020 by National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers.

How  was the MMS certificate program helpful when deciding on a career path? 
I knew that I wanted to go to law school after I graduated from Duke, but I did not know what specific field of law I might go into.  Because Duke did not offer an undergraduate degree in business, I decided that the MMS certificate program would be a good choice for me.  The MMS certificate program offered a wide variety of classes that allowed me to learn about different fields.  I took classes in many different business-related areas, which allowed me to then figure out what fields I liked, and just as importantly, what fields I did not like.  In addition, the professors that I interacted with that were a part of the MMS certificate program changed my viewpoint on business, markets and management.  The professors in the program really care about the students and are willing to give advice and meet with students, as you search for a field that might interest you for a long-term career.  One of the professors I still keep in touch with to this day.   

How did the MMS certificate help you prepare for your current position? 
While at first glance it might seem that a certificate in markets and management would not be helpful at a law firm, I  have found the exact opposite to be true.  You cannot have a successful firm if you do not know how to properly manage not only the business side of things, but also your employees as well.  Since becoming an attorney and working at The Lanier Law Firm, I have taken the skills that I learned in the MMS certificate program and used them to manage my staff, in settlement negotiations for cases headed to trial, and I have even used the skills I learned to research a particular market/venue in evaluating its worth with regard to filing a case there or the types of jurors that will be pulled from a particular area for litigation.

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