Patricia A. Stone Partner

     

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Patricia Stone focuses her trial practice primarily on the defense of lawsuits based on premises liability, construction defect claims, product liability, insurance coverage and general liability litigation in Wisconsin state and federal courts. Patricia also has successfully defended cases at trial in multiple jurisdictions throughout the country, including defense of companies in relation to construction defect claims, personal injury, wrongful death arising from toxic torts, defective product warnings, and allegations related to bad faith and insurance coverage claims. In addition to Wisconsin, she has been admitted pro hac vice in a number of state and federal courts, including those in Pennsylvania, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama and Iowa.

A significant portion of Patricia’s practice involves representing companies in defense of premises liability claims. Through her experience, she is familiar with the intricacies of Wisconsin’s Safe Place statute. In addition, she has offered counsel to companies on compliance with cybersecurity and data management regulations, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Patricia also handles coverage matters on behalf of general liability insurers, issuing coverage opinions and litigating coverage issues, including those involving allegations of bad faith.

Earlier in her career, Patricia focused on catastrophic loss litigation defense involving claims arising from fires and explosions. Prior to joining Wilson Elser, she defended general liability cases, toxic tort claims, challenges to foreclosures and insurance coverage disputes.

While in law school, Patricia was a lobbyist for one of the largest associations of construction companies and worked to modify the applicable residential construction codes to make such requirements consistent with the interests of association members and residents.

Representative Matters

Obtained dismissal for an industrial facility owner and its umbrella carrier in a multimillion-dollar claim involving an industrial accident where the plaintiff fell 30 feet from a scissor lift.

After two-and-half years of discovery, obtained motion for summary judgment in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Circuit Court on the basis of insufficient expert evidence supporting any claim that a subcontractor’s work was a substantial factor in the city of Milwaukee’s alleged damages.