F&P Spotlight on Resource Specialist Stacy Rippetoe

What is your favorite aspect about working at F&P?
Overall, I love the people I work with. Everyone works extremely well together and is always more than willing to help each other out.

What’s your favorite restaurant?
Texas Roadhouse. I love their green beans.

What’s your proudest accomplishment?
I’d have to say my current role. I started at F&P 10 years ago as an administrative assistant. After four years I was offered the Resource Coordinator position which led me to the Resource Specialist position I am currently in. When I was little, I always wanted to grow up and be a teacher. Then in my later teens, I became obsessed with computers and technology.  So technically you can say I have landed my dream job. I teach people how to use computer programs.

What do you like to do outside the office?
I love spending time with my children. They are my everything, my best friends!

Have you read any good books or seen any good movies this year that you would recommend?
Purple Hearts. I highly recommend it. Have your tissues ready!

What was the best news you ever received?
It’s a boy!!! I love my girls of course, but always wanted that little boy and I got blessed with my main man in 2016.

What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world who would it be?
My grandmother just one last time. I lost her very young, and I have so much to tell her and show her. I think she’d be pretty proud of me and my accomplishments considering the hurdles life has thrown at me.

Do you have any bizarre talents?

F&P Principal Renee Bowen Named to ATRI Research Advisory Committee

F&P would like to congratulate principal Renee Bowen, who has been named to the ATRI (American Transportation Research Institute) Research Advisory Committee effective January 1, 2023. The committee determines the predominant research priorities for the trucking industry.

“ATRI’s RAC members serve a critical role in identifying and prioritizing the trucking industry’s top research needs. We congratulate all those appointed by the ATRI Board to serve in this important role and look forward to working with them,” said ATRI President Rebecca Brewster in the ATRI press release.

The Research Advisory Committee represents members of the trucking industry including suppliers, drivers, shippers, carriers, law enforcement, education, and government.

Since 1954, ATRI has conducted testing and research studies in transportation. Focused on safety, ATRI studies Congestion and Mobility; Economic Analysis; Safety and Security; Technology and Operations; Environment; and Transportation Infrastructure.

Click here to read ATRI’s full press release.

F&P Announces 2023 Attorney Promotions

Franklin & Prokopik proudly announces that we have promoted three counsel to principal and six associates to counsel.  Our attorneys exemplify the dedication and hard work that allows F&P to stand out in the legal field, and each has demonstrated acumen in the courtroom along with their peers at F&P.

Join F&P in congratulating these attorneys and thanking them for their hard work!


Ellen Stewart concentrates her litigation practice primarily in liability and insurance defense throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia. She handles a variety of cases, including representing national and regional stores and restaurants in cases involving slip and falls and general premises liability; representing taxicabs, paratransit vehicles, and motor carriers in liability claims; and representing builders and contractors in construction defects and worksite incidents and injuries. Ellen has been selected to Maryland Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2014-2023.

Heather Rice has been on the firm’s liability team since 2016, where she concentrates her litigation practice on the defense of healthcare providers and medical institutions in medical malpractice claims. She is also experienced in defending against premises liability claims, products liability claims, dog bite claims, construction defect claims, commercial trucking accident claims, and claims against paratransit vehicles.  She has litigated numerous complex civil suits and has tried several jury trials throughout the state of Maryland. Heather has been recognized byMaryland Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2014–2023, and  Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, 2022-2023.

Renee Bowen is a zealous advocate for her clients, from defending clients in litigation to negotiating contracts on behalf of her clients to serving as general counsel to provide advice on daily business operations. Renee’s practice areas include commercial transportation, premises liability, construction, products liability, intentional torts, insurance coverage, employment, regulatory compliance, commercial litigation, professional liability, landlord/tenant, and business and corporate. As part of her transportation practice, Renee serves as national counsel for numerous motor carriers and insurers on issues related to predatory towing. She has been selected by Maryland Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2020-2023, and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, 2023


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