Practice AreasCommercial Litigation, Employment Law, Insurance Coverage
B.A. Texas A&M University, 2004
J.D. Tulane Law School, 2007, cum laude
State Bar of Texas
Louisiana State Bar
United States District Court for the Southern, Eastern, Western, and Northern Districts of Texas
United States District Court for the Eastern, Western, and Middle Districts of Louisiana
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Stephanie Villagomez LemoineEmployment Law, Commercial Litigation and Insurance Coverage
Stephanie's practice consists of a broad range of complex commercial litigation matters, including breach of contract, business torts, enforcement of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, antitrust, and real estate litigation. She also has extensive experience in appellate work and insurance coverage consulting and litigation, including bad faith litigation.
Stephanie was born and raised in Houston. Following in the footsteps of her father and older sister, she received her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University. Following her graduation from Tulane Law School cum laude, Stephanie clerked in the Louisiana Supreme Court's Civil Staff Department after which she clerked for Chief Judge Nadine Ramsey of the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans. She practiced law in New Orleans for ten years before returning home to Houston.
Committed to giving back to the community, Stephanie has volunteered extensively for Louisiana Appleseed and serves on the board of directors of 'WEEN DREAM, a national 501(c)(3) that provides Halloween costumes to children in need, particularly children with disabilities who require special costumes. She is also a member of the Hague Convention Attorney Network, an all-volunteer network of attorneys administered by the Department of State to provide pro bono representation in international parental child abduction cases.
Stephanie is licensed to practice law in Louisiana and Texas and is admitted to practice in all federal courts in Louisiana and Texas, including the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal.
- Obtained summary dismissal of employment discrimination claims against employer as a result of former employee’s failure to cooperate in administrative proceedings before Equal Employment Opportunity Commission arising out of his claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Age Discrimination in Employment Act, which failure was held to result in violation of Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law’s pre-suit dispute resolution mandate
- Obtained reversal by Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeals of District Court judgment overruling exception of no cause of action and preemptively overruling exception of no cause of action to a proposed amended petition in case alleging violation of the Louisiana Antitrust Statute, with appellate panel agreeing with each assignment of error
- Obtained writ grant from Louisiana Supreme Court on discovery ruling issued by the District Court ordering clients to provide a specific response to interrogatories, which ruling would require clients and counsel to commit perjury and violate the Rules of Professional Conduct or subject clients and counsel to being held in contempt or sanctioned
- Successfully tried case alleging violation of the United Nations Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and the International Child Abduction Remedies Act in two day bench trial before Magistrate Judge Kay in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana and obtained order for the return of the minor child to his country of habitual residence
- Prepared and presented webinar, Differing Views About What it Takes to Exhaust Administrative Remedies (November 15, 2017), based on nationwide analysis of federal court decisions regarding the effect of failure to sign EEOC charge on jurisdiction, exhaustion of administrative remedies generally, the circumstances under which an intake questionnaire may serve as a charge of discrimination, and the Circuit split on the imposition of a cooperation requirement on private sector employees as a prerequisite to a finding that the claimant satisfied his obligation to exhaust administrative remedies prior to initiating lawsuit
- Prepared and presented seminar on insurance coverage and bad faith as part of the National Business Institute’s Continuing Legal Education Series