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Stephanie N. Moot

Partner
+1.305.539.3373
Fax +1.305.358.7095

Stephanie Moot focuses her practice on Title III ADA public accommodations. Ms. Moot regularly defends class action and individual lawsuits for clients across various industries, such as food, retail, hospitality, healthcare and entertainment. She has handled a broad spectrum of disability discrimination matters under Title III and similar state laws involving architectural and operational barriers to access.

Additionally, Ms. Moot counsels clients on the requirements of the ADA and state accessibility laws. She works with clients to develop effective strategies for compliance that address design, operational, and industry-specific issues. She also guides clients on creating compliance policies and personnel training programs. With her knowledge and experience, she advises clients on hot button ADA issues such as website accessibility, point of sale devices, service animals, auxiliary aids and services, ticket sales, accessible seating, pool and spa lifts, ATMs, and recently-enacted design standards.

Ms. Moot’s secondary practice involves personal injury defense arising from trucking accidents. She regularly handles high exposure cases involving permanent injuries and disability for commercial clients in federal and state court. She works with industry experts to provide risk assessments and minimize the potential for recovery of damages. She also conducts in-depth investigations to mount an effective defense for her clients and protect their assets.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Moot was a commercial litigation associate at a regional law firm. She also interned with the United States Department of Justice and United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

Achievements

  • Top Up and Comers, South Florida Legal Guide, 2017
  • Rising Star, Daily Business Review, 2015
  • Florida Super Lawyers® “Rising Star,” Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013-2015
  • Honoree, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County, 2011

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers
    • Board of Directors, 2015-present
    • Chair, Accessibility Committee, 2014-2016
  • Dade County Bar Association
    • Affiliate Board of Directors Seat, 2012
    • Judicial Outreach Committee, 2012
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association
    • President, 2011-2012
    • President-Elect, 2010-2011
    • Treasurer, 2009-2010
  • The Florida Bar, Consumer Protection Law Committee 2010-2012

Speaking Engagements

  • “Written Discovery – Finding the Facts and Evidence”, FIU Law Discovery on the Front Line Series, March 2017
  • “Website Accessibility: What Hoteliers Need to Know”, Asian American Hotel Owners Association, February 2017
  • “Website Accessibility: Did You Know?”, Atlantic Community Bankers Bank, December 2016
  • “Making Cents of It: ADA Website Accessibility”, Pennsylvania Bankers Association, November 2016
  • “Is Your Website Accessible?” Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, April 2016
  • “Accessibility Planning for Meetings and Events”, The Florida Bar’s Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference, July 2015
  • “Top 5 Things You Need to Know About Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act”, South Florida Conference on Spinal Cord and Traumatic Brain Injury, June 2015
  • “ADA Compliance for Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs”, Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Legal Symposium, June 2015
  • “Accessibility Protocols for Voluntary Bar Associations”, Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers’ Call to Action Diversity Summit, November 2014
  • “ADA Updates and Compliance”, Stadium Managers Association, 2010, 2013
  • “Trends in Discrimination Charges”, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Technical Assistance Program Seminar, 2008

Additional Information

Pro Bono Activities
Ms. Moot, along with Miami partner Jonathan Morton and Pittsburgh associate Natasha Self, resolved a pro bono matter involving the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Our client, a Chilean citizen, sought to recover his three-year-old daughter, who had been kidnapped inside the United States by her mother. By coordinating with the Department of State and the United States Marshal’s Office, the team was able to locate the child and persuade the Court to grant our client temporary custody pending the expedited trial. In a one-day trial, the team successfully persuaded the Court to return the child to Chile with our client.

Additionally, Ms. Moot, along with Miami partner April Boyer, obtained an injunction for protection against domestic violence. The team also persuaded the Court to grant our client temporary child custody pending a final custody determination.
  • On behalf of leading food retailer, successfully dismissed premises liability action based on alleged ADA violations. 
  • On behalf of major food retailer, worked on defense team which successfully obtained dismissal of ADA class action seeking millions of dollars in modifications.
  • On behalf of national healthcare servicer, provided consulting on compliance with the ADA, Rehabilitation Act and state civil rights statute.
  • On behalf of commercial trucking company, helped negotiate a favorable settlement in personal injury lawsuit.
  • On behalf of global marine manufacturer, obtained order striking evidence in action seeking over $3 million for alleged design defect.
  • On behalf of national commercial bank, prevailed in evidentiary hearing for final judgment of foreclosure. 
  • On behalf of financial services company, successfully obtained dismissal of counterclaims for breach of contract and civil conspiracy.