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Michele Stumpe is a seasoned litigator whose practice concentrates on premises liability, business litigation, hospitality and dram shop litigation, as well as alcohol licensing and consulting. When not in court, Ms. Stumpe assists hospitality and retail clients by providing counsel on premises liability and alcohol compliance measures including training and policy implementation. In addition to being asked as a frequent speaker on litigation practices, she provides consulting services for various trade associations including the Georgia Restaurant Association, Georgia Food Industry Association, and Georgia Association of Convenience Stores. The Responsible Alcohol Sales & Service (RASS) Workshops that Ms. Stumpe developed were so well received that many Georgia jurisdictions now require attendance as a pre-requisite to obtaining an alcohol license. In addition to her hospitality practice, Ms. Stumpe represents both individuals and corporations in general litigation matters. Although Stumpe primarily represents corporate clients, she won the two highest verdicts ever awarded against the Metropolitan Atlanta Transportation Authority in negligent security cases.

When not practicing law, Ms. Stumpe enjoys volunteer work, scuba diving, gardening, and golf. She is a co-founder of The Giving Kitchen, and she also travels to Africa annually to work with underprivileged children and endangered wildlife and founded Children of Conservation which provides scholarships to school children in Africa. Ms. Stumpe also serves in various capacities with several other non-profit organizations.

 

Presentations & Speaking Engagements

  • Business RadioX, Simply Buckhead Radio, Guest Speaker, November 2014.
  • “Finding Kusudi: Living Your Passion and Loving Your Life Without Sacrificing Your Career,” Meeting Professionals International Georgia Chapter, GaMPITalks, August 2014.
  • “Improving Outcomes and Reducing Costs: A Primer on Early Case Assessment,” ACC-GA, August 2014.
  • Kroger Legal Conference, 2013.
  • National Business Institute: CLEs on Trial Practice & Litigation, 1999–2012.
  • Responsible Alcohol & Tobacco Sales and Service (RASS) Workshops: Developed and presents training for Owners & Licensees now mandated by numerous municipalities, 2000–Present.
  • It’s the Law: Alcohol Compliance Training for Employees, 2000–Present.
  • B98.5, Guest Legal Expert, Underage Keg Parties.
  • Georgia Restaurant Association, multiple.
  • Georgia Food Industry Association, multiple.
  • Georgia Convenience Store Association.
  • Cobb County Law Enforcement Training Video, “Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws,” Consultant and Guest Speaker.

Publications & Articles

  • “Slip & Fall: Mitigate Litigation by Prevention Measures, Proper Investigation,” Chain Store Age, March 2015.

Accolades

  • Diversity Journal’s 2015 Women to Watch
  • Georgia Restaurant Association 2013 Chairman's Award

Community Involvement

  • The Giving Kitchen, Co-founder and Board Member (2013–Present)
  • Children of Conservation – Founder/CEO (2009-Present)
  • Orange Duffel Bag—Board Member (2010-Present)
  • PASA—Governance Committee (2011-Present)
  • Dewar Wildlife Trust—Board of Trustees (2004-Present)
  • Northside Youth Organization, Director of Cheerleading (2002-Present)
  • Camp Twin Lakes, Legal Advisory Board (2010-Present)
  • Great Ape Project, International, President (2005–2009), BOD (2004–2009); Legal Advisory Board (2002–2009), ABA Sub-Committee on Great Apes, Co-Chair (2009-Present)
  • Camp Twin Lakes, Camp Rainbow Representative (1998-2008), Legal Advisory Committee (2009–Present)