Alternate Office
  • 1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
  • Washington DC 20036
  • TEL: +1 202 429 8099
  • FAX: +1 202 429 3902
Areas of Practice
  • American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 1997
  • Pennsylvania State University, B.S. in Environmental Resource Management, 1994
Judicial Clerkships
  • Hon. George W. Mitchell, District of Columbia Superior Court 1997-1998
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Illinois
  • District of Columbia
  • Minnesota
  • New York
  • Northern District of Florida
  • US District Court for the District of Columbia

Libretta Stennes

115 South LaSalle Street
Suite 3100
Chicago IL 60603
TEL: +1 312 577 1300
FAX: +1 312 577 1370

Libby Stennes is a respected class action litigator who helps clients manage their legal risk before claims are filed through ultimate resolution. She is esteemed for her client service, and for her ability to learn the needs of business stakeholders and find practical solutions to problems both large and small. Clients also value Ms. Stennes’ background in environmental resource management, as it enables her to understand complex scientific issues not only specific to particular cases or legal issues, but also in the regulatory and business platforms.

Ms. Stennes handles all aspects of class litigation in cases involving claims ranging from medical monitoring and property damage to business torts and breach of contract. She has defeated class certification and obtained summary judgment in multiple matters on behalf of Fortune 100 companies. In addition to defending civil claims, Ms. Stennes is a trusted adviser on emerging regulatory issues at federal and state levels.

Much of Ms. Stennes’ most valuable work is done well before a matter reaches trial. She regularly counsels clients on risk management strategy. Ms. Stennes’ clients rely on her to prepare the most critical witnesses for anything from formal testimony to appearances at community meetings. In parallel to ongoing civil litigation, she works alongside regulatory and communication specialists to negotiate with agencies and deliver clear and consistent information to government officials, customers, and other stakeholders. She has a track record of helping clients implement solutions that resolve problems short of high-stakes litigation and negative publicity.

Representative Matters

  • Defeated class certification in multiple federal jurisdictions for medical monitoring and property damage alleged from groundwater contamination and air emissions from industrial sites.
  • Obtained dismissal of action brought by water facility alleging multiple common law claims for presence of an unregulated compound in the source water for its customers.
  • Achieved class certification and favorable settlement in litigation involving multi-currency loan products.
  • Negotiated design and implementation for all aspects of medical monitoring program, including complex health claims and benefits issues.
  • Represented clients in negotiations with federal and state environmental agencies to achieve practical remediation solutions.
  • Defeated summary judgment in contentious Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) citizens’ action suit.
  • Obtained exclusions of multiple expert witnesses on class certification and liability issues.
  • Defended hundreds of attorney-client privilege and work product claims.

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