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Stephanie K. Benecchi
Philadelphia Office

1735 Market Street
21st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103-7505

P: 215-772-7282
F: 215-731-3665

Biography

Stephanie K. Benecchi is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department.

Stephanie’s practice focuses on commercial litigation, including class action defense, as well as white collar defense and government investigations.  Stephanie has experience with litigation matters at all stages, from pre-suit investigations through resolution and settlement.

Stephanie’s class action defense work has focused on defending consumer fraud litigation based on product label statements.  Stephanie has represented senior executives in the health care industry in conjunction with government investigations, and has experience with investigations focusing on labeling and monitoring of medical devices as well as pharmaceutical sales practices.  She has also defended clients against False Claims Act litigation.

 Prior to joining Montgomery McCracken, Stephanie was an associate with a commercial litigation firm in New York, where she handled high-stakes civil litigation, corporate investigations, and insurance coverage, in federal and state courts. Stephanie drafted motions, briefs, and discovery documents, managed document review teams and document productions, and prepared witnesses for deposition and trial proceedings.

Selected Representations

  • Wisniewski v. Hero Nutritionals, Inc. (N.D. Ill.) – Represented Hero Nutritionals in a putative class action regarding “Made in the USA” label claims on vitamin products.  Favorably resolved litigation on an individual basis.
  • Guerra v. Hero Nutritionals, Inc. (E.D.N.Y.) – Represented Hero Nutritionals in a putative class action regarding “All Natural Fruit Flavors and Colors” label claims on vitamin products.  Favorably resolved litigation on an individual basis.
  • Represented a respected South Jersey hospital in conjunction with negotiation of an agreement with a top Philadelphia University and resolution of associated Title IV issues.
  • Represented hedge fund in adversary proceeding in United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York in connection with its investment in the debtor
  • Represented hedge fund before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in case asserting GPS industry’s interference with investment in a wireless spectrum company
  • Represented subsidiary of major corporation in coverage action for asbestos liabilities
  • Represented investment company in coverage action for Madoff losses under fidelity bond
  • Represented FDIC in investigation of the failure of a regional bank in Georgia
  • Represented pro bono clients in negotiations with their insurance companies after Superstorm Sandy

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “2018 Higher Education Forum,” October 26, 2018.
  • Moderator, “Before the Whistle Blows: Managing Ethical Concerns and Creating a Compliance Culture,” the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s 9th Annual In-House Counsel Conference, April 27, 2017, Philadelphia, Pa.

Community Involvement

  • Columbia College Alumni Representative Committee Member
  • Columbia College Class Agent
  • Haddonfield Newcomers Club – Board Co-President

Academic Achievements

Stephanie received a J.D. degree from Fordham University School of Law in May 2010, where she was a staff member of the Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law.

Stephanie earned a B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University in May 2005. She was a member of the Varsity Women’s Swim Team, served in student government, and served as chair of the Class of 2005 Senior Gift Fundraising Committee.  She remains involved with Columbia, serving as a class agent and on the Alumni Representative Committee, as well as on reunion and fundraising committees.