Stephanie A. Espinoza

Senior Associate
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Stephanie was born in LaGrange, Illinois and is a graduate of the University of Illinois, class of 1999. She received her law degree from Tulane University School of Law with a Certificate in Maritime Law and was admitted to practice in Illinois in 2002. Stephanie is admitted to practice in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois, Northern District of Indiana and Illinois trial courts. She is a Proctor member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, Illinois State Bar Association, Organization of Women in International Trade, and the Transportation Lawyers Association.

Practice Areas
:  General civil litigation in the areas of insurance defense, insurance coverage, admiralty and maritime, transportation law, appellate practice and commercial disputes

Notable Cases:

Federal Marine Terminals, Inc. v. Dimond Rigging Co., LLC d/b/a Absolute Rigging & Millwrights, 2014 WL 4809427 (N.D. Ohio 2014). Summary judgment in favor of marine terminal on all counts of counter-claim, enforcing time-bar provision in MTO Schedule.

Sompo Japan Insurance, Inc. v. Nippon Cargo Airlines Co., Ltd., 522 F.3d 776 (7th Cir. 2008). Summary judgment and full damage award upheld in favor of client subrogated insurer on claim for damage to cargo of computer subsystems against air carrier under Warsaw Convention.

Atwood v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co., 363 Ill.App.3d 861 (2nd Dist. 2006). Summary judgment in favor of marine insurer upheld on enforcement of one-year suit-time limit in yacht owner’s insurance policy.

Hartford Ins. Co. v. A. Block Marketing, 2005 AMC 2055 (N.D. Ill. 2005). Court granted summary judgment in favor of marine insurer on the basis of late notice of claim by marine terminal operator.

Sompo Japan Ins. Co. of America v. M/V Commander, 329 F. Supp. 2d 971 (N.D. Ill. 2004). Court granted motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction in favor of foreign vessel owner with no contacts in Illinois.

Articles and Presentations:

Panelist, “One if by Land, Two if by Sea: The Latest on MAP 21, Safely Transporting Food, Ocean Carriage & Hello Cuba!,” 2016 Transportation Law Institute, Houston, TX (November 2016)

Asian Carp – The Newest Threat to the Great Lakes, Bilge & Barratry (Newsletter of the Marine, Ecology & Maritime Criminal Law Committee of the MLA) (November 2010)

Dagger, Shield, or Double-Edged Sword?: The Reciprocal Nature of the Doctrine of Uberrimae Fidei, 83 Tul. L. Rev. 1163 (2009)