Stephanie focuses her practice at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP primarily on asbestos defense litigation, particularly in Madison County and Cook County, Illinois. Stephanie manages high-volume caseloads for multiple clients in both premises and products-based asbestos matters. She defends industrial, commercial and retail premises defendants as well as manufacturer, supplier and retailer defendants for a wide range of product categories including automotive, aircraft, HVAC equipment and related insulation products, construction products, consumer appliances and industrial pumps.
Stephanie is responsible for the overall case management and coordination of multiple client dockets, including involvement in all stages of asbestos defense litigation including pleading and motion strategy, complex written discovery issues, depositions, product and premises investigations, expert discovery, corporate representative preparation and consultation, motion strategy, trial preparation and settlement negotiations. She also handles various facets of asbestos litigation in additional jurisdictions nationwide and works with local attorneys across the United States regarding same. Stephanie’s practice has been entirely devoted to asbestos defense work since 2007.
Memberships & Affiliations
- American Bar Association
- Chicago Bar Association
- Defense Research Institute
- Toxic Tort Case Law Update, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, 2016 Survey of Law
Chicago, February 1, 2019
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names Six New Partners
Andrew J. Albright, Joshua E. Bidzinski, Sarah A. Ferrill, Erica S. Longfield, Kristine C. Reveille and Stephanie Rifkind have all been promoted to partner.
Chicago, January 16, 2019
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyers for 2019
Those designated Leading Lawyers were recommend by their peers to be among the top lawyers in Illinois.
Chicago, St. Louis, February 20, 2018
Illinois Supreme Court Recognizes Wahl, Attorneys for Participation in Mentoring Program
Run by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, the Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program creates opportunities for experienced lawyers to provide professional guidance with lawyers in their early years of practice.
Chicago, May 10, 2017
Longfield, Rifkind Author Contributions to IDC Toxic Tort Survey of Law
The IDC Survey of Law is a compilation of recent decisions to help keep members and other decision-makers abreast of the changes in the law.