Elizabeth G. Stouder
Elizabeth (Beth) Stouder is a director and the managing partner of the firm. She is based in the Portland office. Her practice is focused on civil and commercial litigation, although she routinely advises clients on ways to reduce or limit litigation. She has been trying cases for more than 20 years.
Beth advises and defends clients in the retail sector in all manner of claims and represents those clients and others in defense of allegations involving premises liability, negligent security, false arrest and employment liability. She is the Chair of the Retail Practice Section of the USLAW Network, a national network of more than 60 independent firms with offices in 45 states with more than 3500 attorneys. She has held several positions within the group and been actively involved in the section’s educational programming for the group for several years.
Beth defends a wide range of personal injury and commercial litigation. She has an active practice defending asbestos litigation and handles employment discrimination cases.
Beth has been active in activities of the Maine bar, having served as a member and panel chair of the state grievance commission and as the former co-chair of the Public Relations Committee of the Maine State Bar Association. She has also been active in the Defense Research Institute (DRI), having served as the Maine State Representative and the President of the Tri-State Defense Association which covers Maine, NH and Vt. She is a member of the Gignoux Inn of Court.
Born in Kankakee, Illinois, Beth graduated cum laude from Middlebury College. She earned her law degree from Temple University School of Law, where she graduated cum laude in 1983 after serving as a staff member and note editor of the Temple Law Quarterly.
When she is not in court for work, Beth enjoys spending as much time as possible on tennis courts playing in several USTA and club leagues. She has recently taken up golf for added amusement and aggravation.