IADC News Release

CHICAGO - At its Annual Meeting in July, held in Lisbon, Portugal, the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) elected new members to its Board of Directors. The IADC is the preeminent invitation-only global legal organization for attorneys who represent corporate and insurance interests. Founded in 1920, the IADC’s members hail from six continents, 51 countries and territories, and all 50 U.S. states. The core purposes of the IADC are to enhance the development of skills, promote professionalism and diversity, and facilitate camaraderie among its members, their clients, as well as the broader civil justice community. The IADC is committed to respecting the rule of law and improving civil justice.

Stephanie M. Rippee is a new Director and will serve a three-year term on the Board. Ms. Rippee is a member at Watkins & Eager PLLC, resident in its Jackson, Mississippi office.

Ms. Rippee’s practice focuses on both commercial and product liability litigation. She has earned the ANSI-accredited Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) credential through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). She has been selected by Mid-South Super Lawyers as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Mississippi and one of the Top 50 Female Lawyers in the Mid-South since 2011. Ms. Rippee has also been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Mississippi for general litigation since 2015. In 2017, she was named a top ten recipient of Mississippi Business Journal's Leadership in Law Award. She is also an active community volunteer. Her work includes serving on the Advisory Board of the Memory Impairment and Neurodegenerative Dementia (MIND) Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

The International Association of Defense Counsel has served a distinguished membership of corporate and insurance defense attorneys since 1920. Its activities benefit the approximately 2,500 invitation-only, peer-reviewed international members and their clients through networking, education, and professional opportunities, and also benefits the civil justice system and the legal profession. The IADC takes a leadership role in many areas of legal interest and professional development.