The New Jersey Law Journal recently featured our partner, Dafney Dubuisson Stokes, and interviewed her about her career, how she became successful and rose to partner, and asked her for insight into what the courts may do with COVID-based defenses for nonpayment, and other trending issues in the law. In particular, in the past year, the defenses of “impossibility of performance” or “frustration of purpose” based on economic effects of COVID-19 have been raised in a handful of breach-of-contract suits, and Dafney pointed out that she expects the use of such defenses will expand in the coming years.
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Dafney Dubuisson Stokes is a Partner of Wong Fleming. Ms. Dubuisson Stokes concentrates her practice in creditors’ rights, bankruptcy and automotive finance. She has led creditors’ rights teams on a national level for clients who have experienced their highest recovery rates. She has also successfully defended many automotive finance companies in connection with complex Fair Credit Reporting Act, Truth in Lending and bankruptcy litigation. Prior to a career in litigation, Ms. Dubuisson Stokes worked for almost a decade in the social service sector advocating for youth in specialized foster care placement and instructed classes on critical life skills geared towards inner city young adults that would empower them to gain independence and move forward in life. She has continued her passion for social issues as a lawyer by representing the underprivileged in the areas of civil liberties and criminal justice. With a desire to develop a strong relationship with every client and consistently steer them in the most productive direction, Ms. Dubuisson Stokes consistently goes above and beyond to help the client arrive at a beneficial and satisfactory solution.