Practicing at Taylor English allows me the flexibility to provide creative solutions that are outside the box of what a traditional firm can offer clients.
Michele Stumpe is a seasoned litigator with both plaintiff and defense experience who is a trusted adviser to clients in the hospitality and retail industries. At Taylor English, Ms. Stumpe focuses her practice on premises liability, business litigation, hospitality and dram shop litigation, as well as alcohol licensing and consulting. Known as one of the top attorneys in Georgia for alcohol licensing and permits, Ms. Stumpe provides clients with a full range of services, including licensing compliance, training, policy implementation, risk management, and disciplinary and litigation representation.
In addition to her hospitality practice, Ms. Stumpe represents individuals and corporations in general litigation matters. She works as a strategic partner to evaluate her clients’ policies, procedures and implementation to ensure they have best practices in place to minimize litigation risks. Ms. Stumpe provides consulting services for various trade associations in the hospitality industry, including the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA), Georgia Food Industry Association (GFIA) and the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores (GACS). In 2002, she developed “The Responsible Alcohol Sales & Service” (RASS) workshops to educate owners and licensees on the legal obligations and responsibilities of serving alcohol to consumers. The program was so well received that many Georgia jurisdictions now require attendance as a prerequisite to obtaining an alcohol license.
Business groups frequently ask Ms. Stumpe to speak on alcohol sales compliance and responsibility issues. She has been a featured speaker at trade associations, legal education and law enforcement seminars, and on consumer radio programs. Her work also has gained recognition from peers, and in 2013 she was awarded the Georgia Restaurant Association Chairman’s Award.
Ms. Stumpe enjoys volunteer work, scuba diving, gardening and golf when not practicing law. She is a co-founder of The Giving Kitchen, an Atlanta non-profit organization that provides crisis medical funds to employees in the hospitality industry. Ms. Stumpe also travels to Africa annually to work with underprivileged children and endangered wildlife through her non-profit, Children of Conservation. The organization provides scholarships to schoolchildren in Africa.
American Bar Association
Atlanta Bar Association
Les Dames d’Escoffier International
The Giving Kitchen, Co-Founder and Board Member, 2013-present
Children of Conservation, Founder/CEO, 2009-present
Pan African Sanctuary Alliance, President, 2015-present; Board of Directors, 2012-present; Governance Committee, 2011-present
Dewar Wildlife Trust Inc., Board of Trustees, 2004-present
Camp Twin Lakes, Legal Advisory Board, 2009-present
Orange Duffel Bag Initiative, Board Member, 2010-2012
Great Ape Project, International, President, 2005-2009; Board of Directors, 2004-2009; Legal Advisory Board, 2002-2009
ABA Animal Law Sub-Committee on Great Apes, Co-Chair, 2009-present
Obtained dismissal with prejudice from court in premises liability case in which plaintiff’s experts alleged $15 million in long-term medical needs.
Obtained dismissals in favor of defendants in several cases involving alcohol retailers who had been sued for providing alcohol to minors or to individuals who were intoxicated.
Obtained summary judgment in favor of defendants in case where plaintiff sought more than $100 million in damages as a result of alleged mismanagement of corporate assets, conspiracy and breach of fiduciary duty.
Recovered a multimillion-dollar confidential settlement for a waitress who was rendered a quadriplegic due to a defective road condition that forced her vehicle into oncoming traffic.
Recovered settlement of $800,000 against one party and won verdict of $1.25 million against accountant/attorney who served as a trustee for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. Trustee improperly paid $800,000 to one beneficiary and misappropriated an additional $180,000 for his own personal benefit.
Recovered verdict of $1 million from MARTA for the attack on a patron in a MARTA station.
Obtained defense verdict in lawsuit against alcohol retailer whose employee sold alcohol to a minor, in which the minor then was involved in a car accident, killing the other individual in the vehicle.
Recovered $2.4 million from MARTA for the attack and kidnapping of a patron from a MARTA parking deck.
Successfully moved for summary judgment in favor of employer against disgruntled ex-employee for claims related to intentional infliction of emotional distress. By aggressively defending claim, and refusing to be held hostage to the claims asserted, client was able to obtain victory before trial was made necessary and was awarded more than $100,000 in attorney’s fees in so doing.
After obtaining favorable result on behalf of one of the nation’s largest grocery chains, the plaintiff attempted to back out of the agreement. Client was not only able to enforce the terms and conditions of the agreed upon settlement, but was also awarded all of its attorney’s fees and costs incurred in so doing.
- March 22, 2018
- June 23, 2015
- Responsible Alcohol & Tobacco Sales and Service (RASS) Workshops: Developed and presented training for owners and licensees now mandated by numerous municipalities, 2000-present
- "It’s the Law: Alcohol Compliance Training for Employees," 2000-present
- Spoke at National Business Institute CLEs on trial practice and litigation, 1999-2012
- "Responsible Alcohol Sales & Service Laws for Owners and Managers," Recipes for Restaurant Success, Atlanta, Ga., March 24, 2015.March 24, 2015
- "R.A.S.S. - Responsible Alcohol Sales and Serving," Kennesaw State University Small Business Development Center Restaurant ExpoFebruary 23, 2015
- November 4, 2014
- August 27, 2014
- August 12, 2014
- "Early Case Assessment," Kroger Legal Conference2013
- May 23, 2013
- March 12, 2013
- Don't Let Holiday Parties Turn SourAugust 28, 2012
- Guest legal expert, B98.5 radio, "Underage Keg Parties"
- Georgia Restaurant Association, conference speaker
- Georgia Food Industry Association, conference speaker
- Georgia Association of Convenience Stores
- Consultant and guest speaker, "Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws," Cobb County Law Enforcement Training Video
- August 2017
- March 9, 2017
- September 15, 2016
- March 12, 2015
- July 2, 2014
- February 7, 2014
- December 9, 2010
- December 6, 2018
- July 24, 2018
- July 24, 2018
- Holiday Parties: Best Practices for Hosting Special Events at Your Restaurant This Season, Modern Restaurant ManagementDecember 2017
- December 1, 2017
- “What Restaurant Operators Need to Know about Georgia’s New Brewery & Distillery Law,” American Distilling InstituteSeptember 13, 2017
- “Surviving the Inspection: How to Protect Your Georgia Alcohol Licenses,” Georgia Restaurant AssociationApril 6, 2017
- March 23, 2017
- January 31, 2017
- August 24, 2016
- October 23, 2015
- Taylor English’s Michele Stumpe Featured on Cover of November/December Issue of Simply Buckhead MagazineNovember 6, 2014
- Profiles in Diversity Journal Selects Michele Stumpe for Inclusion in its 2015 Women Worth Watching IssueOctober 10, 2014
- November 4, 2013
- November 1, 2013
- September 7, 2012
- May 21, 2012
- August 30, 2010
- July 16, 2010
- July 18, 2018
- October 23, 2015
- August 22, 2014
- July 31, 2014
- September 27, 2013
- August 19, 2013
- June 2018
- October 26, 2017
- Mandated Reporter Laws in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina: Who, What, When, Where and Why You Must ReportSeptember 21, 2016
- August 4, 2016
- Michael’s Law Goes Into Effect Today: Facts vs. Fiction About New Alcohol Law Requirements Under Michael's LawJuly 1, 2016
- An Interactive Hospitality and Retail Law SeriesOctober 23, 2017
- An Interactive Hospitality and Retail Law SeriesJune 20, 2017
- Recipes for Success | Alcohol: Navigating the Complex World of Beverage Laws, Promotions, and LiabilityApril 11, 2017
- April 28, 2016
- September 22, 2015
- November 15, 2016
- August 8, 2016
- November 20, 2014
- September 2, 2014
- April 19, 2013
- Litigator Michele Stumpe featured in Daily Report profile, "Passion for Primates Inspires Children's Fund"July 17, 2012
- Michele Stumpe featured in Atlanta INtown article, "Children of Conservation Medical Attention for Children Provided by Non-profit"June 4, 2012
- Taylor English sponsors educational scholarships for children at the Limbe Wildlife Centre in Cameroon, AfricaJune 23, 2009
- Leisure and Hospitality
- Restaurant, Food and Beverage, and Licensing
- Litigation and Dispute Resolution
- Youth-Serving Organizations
University of South Carolina School of Law, JD, 1993
University of Florida, BFA, 1990
Courts & Adjudicative Bodies
Court of Appeals of Georgia
Supreme Court of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
Diversity Journal’s 2015 Women to Watch
Georgia Restaurant Association 2013 Chairman's Award