Some might avoid sifting through fire or property damage scenes, but not Carly Stephani.
For Stephani, it’s necessary to understand the scientific and engineering principles involved in representing motor vehicle, medical device and other manufacturers in her national product liability defense practice.
“Clients trust me to be the first attorney on their behalf to dig into the facts of the case,” Stephani said. “For me that level of trust that’s signified makes it feel like it’s high-level work even if somebody else thinks it’s grunt work.”
A 2011 graduate of the University of St. Thomas School of Law, Stephani, now an associate at Bowman and Brooke, was an intern when her work with a team handling claims involving an off-road vehicle manufacturer earned her a permanent position.
At first being in law school without having a family connection to the profession intimidated Stephani.
“You don’t have to come from a lawyering family, you don’t have to come from a fancy background to excel in this profession,” she said. “That’s something I try to remind law students of when I speak to them.”
Stephani is a board member of Face to Face, a nonprofit that offers programs for homeless youth.