Stephanie A. Bruce
Stephanie Bruce practices in the firm’s labor & employment department. She advises employers on a wide range of labor and employment issues, including employee discipline and discharge, discrimination and harassment, wage and hour law compliance, workforce reductions, disability leave and accommodations, restrictive covenants, employment agreements, separation agreements, and employee handbooks.
Stephanie focuses her practice on representing clients in corporate transactions, advising on labor and employment issues that are material to mergers, acquisitions and sales.
Stephanie also has extensive experience defending employers against numerous employment-related claims, including discrimination and retaliation actions, as well as claims under the FLSA, FMLA and ERISA. She has successfully represented employers at every level, from pre-litigation settlement negotiations through trial and appeal, before state and federal courts as well as administrative agencies.
- Represented Golden Gate Capital as part of a deal team in the acquisition of Bob Evans Restaurants, the operator of family restaurants in 18 states, primarily in the Midwest, mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions of the United States.
- Represented Charlesbank Capital and HDT Global as part of a deal team in the acquisition of DRS Environmental Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of rugged and transportable mobile enclosures, environmental control units, power generators and other ground support systems.
- Represented NewQuest Capital Partners as part of a deal team in the acquisition of Integreon, Inc., a global legal, document, business and research outsourcing firm.
- Represented Bain Capital as part of a deal team in the strategic investment in Navicure, a provider of cloud-based claims management and patient payment solutions for physician practices and hospitals.
- Represented Thomas H. Lee Partners as part of a deal team in the acquisition of Healthcare Staffing Services, a healthcare staffing firm.
- Represented EMCOR Group as part of a deal team in the acquisition of Ardent Services and Rabalais Constructors.
- Represented TPG as part of a deal team in the sale of Par Pharmaceuticals.
- Represented TPG as part of a deal team in the acquisition of a majority stake in Cirque du Soleil, the world-renowned live artistic entertainment producer.
- Represented Pfizer as part of a deal team in the acquisition of Hospira for approximately $17 billion.
- Represented Audax Group as part of a deal team in the acquisition of a media company.
The following transactions were completed prior to joining Ropes & Gray:
- Successfully obtained summary judgment for employers in several federal and state court cases involving various discrimination and harassment claims based upon race, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability and religion, as well as claims of retaliation, defamation, breach of contract, and claims under the FLSA, FMLA, and ERISA.
- Successfully opposed an appeal before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals of a decision granting summary judgment to an employer on plaintiff’s reverse gender and race discrimination claims.
- Served as second-chair trial counsel on a week-long jury trial and obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of client sued for intentional interference with contract, having previously obtained summary judgment for same client on additional claims for sexual harassment and sex discrimination, as well as dismissal of second client from case.
- Served as second-chair arbitration counsel for a major financial institution before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and obtained a defense win involving claims for failure to pay commissions and defamation related to a Form U-5 filing.
- Served as second-chair trial counsel for a university and obtained a defense win on a retaliation claim by its former basketball coach in a lengthy public hearing before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD).
- Successfully defended a national retailer against claims of race discrimination and harassment, retaliation, and violations of the FLSA, convincing the district judge to grant defendant’s summary judgment in its entirety, despite the magistrate judge’s recommendation to deny summary judgment as to the FLSA claim.
- Co-author, “Protect Your Business With Noncompetes,” Boston Herald.com - Women's Business (March 2007)
- Co-presenter, “Avoiding the Bad Hire: Background Checks that Work,” AeA New England (December 2006 and February 2006)
- Co-author, “Employees Charged with a Crime: What is an Employer to Do?,” Employment Law360 (October 2006)
- Co-author, “Recent Developments in Employment Law Litigation,” Flaschner Judicial Institute (October 2004)
- JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 2003; articles editor, Harvard Negotiation Law Review
- BA (Psychology), summa cum laude, Brandeis University, 1998
Admissions / Qualifications
- Massachusetts, 2003
- U.S. Supreme Court, 2015
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
- Super Lawyers, Massachusetts Rising Star (2009–2014)
- Volunteer Lawyers Project, Denis Maguire Pro Bono Award (2007)