Stacie E. Tobin

Partner
Tobin Stacie

Stacie Tobin, partner-in-charge of Venable's Baltimore office, is a litigator who focuses on commercial and product liability matters. Stacie brings extensive litigation experience spanning a diverse range of matters, and has tried dozens of cases to verdict while serving as first-chair counsel or co-counsel before federal and state courts across the United States. She represents companies, manufacturers, and financial services clients as part of her commercial litigation practice. She has also counseled heavy equipment manufacturers, automobile and watercraft manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and tobacco companies in product liability disputes. 

Stacie has wide-ranging experience handling breach of contract claims, particularly those impacting commercial real estate developments and tenancies, consumer credit services, hotel companies, law firm partnerships, and retailer contracts. She litigates securities enforcement and shareholder actions, responds to books and records inspection requests, and provides counsel on enforcement of trademarks and other intellectual property assets. Stacie’s product liability experience encompasses design and manufacturing defects, breach of warranty, and fraud and consumer protection claims. She also manages controversies involving trade secret restrictions, employee restrictive covenants, and limited liability company agreements.

Stacie leads Venable’s Electronic Discovery Task Force and serves on several Venable committees related to attorney recruitment, promotion, and compensation. 

Experience

Representative Matters

Commercial Litigation

  • Obtained a preliminary injunction for plaintiff in federal housing discrimination case
  • Obtained an arbitration award in favor of a major hotel company in a breach of contract and fraud action
  • Obtained a summary judgment for a university in an educational breach of contract case
  • Obtained preliminary and permanent injunctions to protect a client’s trademarks against infringement in Maryland
  • Obtained a summary judgment in Virginia on breach of contract and fraud claims brought by a retailer against a product manufacturer, and on the manufacturer’s counterclaims against the retailer, resulting in a multi-million-dollar verdict in favor of the original defendant
  • Defended developers and employers against claims for brokerage commissions by realtors in Maryland, North Carolina, and Delaware courts
  • Represented developers in equitable actions brought in the Court of Chancery in Delaware by a non-U.S. investor in a project in Nevada
  • Obtained an order of dismissal in favor of a developer who was sued in New York state court for aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty
  • Obtained a favorable judgment from a Virginia court for a financial services client sued over services services provided under the Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • Obtained a summary judgment in favor of the plaintiff on all claims and counterclaims in an action brought under the Federal Communications Act

Product Liability Litigation

  • Obtained dismissal for a biosimilar manufacturer in a California trade secrets action
  • Obtained a defense jury verdict for a heavy equipment manufacturer in a design defect case in a Federal District Court in Texas
  • Obtained a summary judgment for a personal watercraft manufacturer in a personal injury case brought in Maryland
  • Represented a pharmaceutical manufacturer in large-scale, nationwide mediations related to the use of diet drugs
  • Obtained a summary judgment for a cigarette manufacturer in numerous smoking and health cases in California
  • Played a significant leadership role in one manufacturer’s effort to assess long-term, future litigation risks associated with its products and environmental concerns
     

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Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. with honors University of Maryland School of Law 1992
  • B.A. Mount Holyoke College 1989

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Clerk Experience

  • Honorable John F. McAuliffe Court of Appeals of Maryland
  • Honorable Deborah K. Chasanow U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, Board and Executive Committee, Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore
  • Graduate, Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) LEADERship Program, 2016
  • Board member, LEADERship Program, 2020
  • Board Member, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law's Board of Visitors

Recognition
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  • Chambers USA, Litigation: General Commercial, Maryland, 2021
  • Profiles in Diversity JournalWomen Worth Watching in Leadership, 2021
  • The Daily Record, Maryland’s Top 100 Women, 2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2013 – 2022
  • The Best Lawyers Business Edition, Women in Law, Commercial Litigation, 2017 – 2019
  • Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, Distinguished Women’s Award, 2018

Community
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Pro Bono

  • Representation of refugee seeking political asylum
  • Past successful representation of Virginia death row inmate
 

Volunteerism

  • Board member, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance
  • Campaign cabinet member, United Way of Central Maryland, 2020 - present
  • Past president, Board of Directors, Special Olympics Maryland, Inc.; founder and co-chair, Board Advisory Council
  • Past president and member, Board of Directors, Live Baltimore