Stacey graduated with honors from Michigan State University where she received a degree in Business Administration. She received her J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut. At the University of Connecticut School of Law, Stacey was the Editor-in-Chief and Information Technology Editor for the Connecticut Journal of International Law. She was the recipient of the Honorable James M. Higgins Award and the Joseph Glick Prize for Excellence in International Law.
Stacey practiced for over a decade at one of the country’s top law firms before opening her own firm in Birmingham, Alabama. Stacey has been named Top 40 Under 40 by the Birmingham Business Journal, a Rising Star by Alabama SuperLawyers in Entertainment Law (2011-2015) and a Mid-South Rising Star by SuperLaywers (2016-2018), “Best of the Bar” in Entertainment Law by the Birmingham Business Journal, a Top Female Attorney by B-Metro Magazine (2015-2018), and named by Birmingham Magazine as one of “Birmingham’s Top Attorney’s in Entertainment Law (2009, 2012-13, 2015-18). Stacey was the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (Birmingham, Alabama) in 2012.
Stacey has served as a Board Member/Officer for the Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema (The Sidewalk Film Festival) for over ten years and is currently serving as the organization’s President. Stacey also serves on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and is a former board member of Birmingham Festival Theatre.
In 2009, the Alabama State Bar appointed Stacey to be Chair of a Task Force to study the creation of an Entertainment and Sports Law section. In 2010, the Intellectual Property Section expanded to become the Intellectual Property, Entertainment and Sports Law Section. Stacey chaired the Section in 2012 and 2013 and served as the Editor of the Intellectual Property, Entertainment and Sports Law Section Newsletter during that time.
In addition to practicing law, Stacey is an award winning screenwriter, director and producer. She recently completed production on her directorial debut, CHERRY, starring Virginia Newcomb. Her debut film, THE SIBLING CODE (wrote/produced), screened at nearly a dozen festivals, including Nantucket Film Festival, BendFilm Festival and Cucalorus Film Festival. The comedy stars Amy Okuda (ATYPCIAL), Jonathan Lisecki (GAYBY) and Amy Hill (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), and was directed by former Sundance Film Festival programmer, Roberta Marie Munroe.
She has several other projects in development and is in production on a short documentary about the history of pie throwing in film, which she is writing, directing and producing.
In 2008, she won the Grand Prize for Best Screenplay in the Sidewalk Film Festival’s SideWrite competition. Her latest script won Best Feature Screenplay at the 2017 Broad Humor Film Festival, and she placed in the following competitions: Nicholl Fellowship (quarterfinalist); Page (Top 25 in Comedy) and Austin Film Festival (second rounder). She has participated in the Squaw Valley’s Screenwriting Conference, the Stowe Story Labs’ Narrative Lab as well as its Writer’s Retreat program.
She’s executive produced over a half-dozen films, including LITTLE SISTER (SXSW, written/directed by Zach Clark, starring Addison Timlin, Ally Sheedy and Peter Hedges, and named by “The New Yorker” as the best film of 2016); 1985 (SXSW, written/directed by Yen Tan, starring Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen and Michael Chiklis), THROUGH THE GLASS DARKLY (starring Robyn Lively and Shanola Hampton) and SOCIAL ANIMALS (starring Noel Wells, Samira Wiley and Josh Radnor).
Stacey lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband and two sons.