Attorney Shawn Stevens defends and counsels clients nationwide in high-profile food- borne illness outbreaks and lawsuits. He is an equity member of the Milwaukee law firm Gass Weber Mullins LLC.
During the past decade, Stevens has worked closely with numerous food industry clients (including some of the nation’s largest beef producers, national restaurant chains and several food distributors and grocers) managing and defending hundreds of food-borne illness claims throughout the country.
In addition to defending high-profile outbreak litigation nationwide (including outbreaks and claims involving E. coli O157:H7, Campylobacter, Clostridium Perfringens, Norovirus, Salmonella and Staphylococcus), Stevens also assists clients with risk avoidance, crisis management and other issues in advance of and following major food product recalls.
Stevens also speaks regularly to national audiences on topics relating to the defense of food-borne illness outbreaks and claims. He also maintains an extensive food safety website devoted exclusively to food safety issues, www.defendingfoodsafety.com.
Stevens is a member of the International Association for Food Protection, the North American Meat Processors Association, the Food Marketing Institute, the Defense Research Institute, and the American Bar Association. He earned his law degree from Marquette University Law School.
Prior to receiving his undergraduate and law degrees, Stevens served as a Cavalry Scout for three years in the United States Army. During this period, he was deployed to Somalia in support of Operation Restore Hope.