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Stephen T. LaBriola

Stephen T. LaBriola

Practice areas:

Business, General Practice, Personal Injury

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About Me

Stephen T. LaBriola has been awarded Martindale-Hubbell's highest
rating of AV. He is a former prosecutor with extensive jury trial
experience. He has litigated extensively in federal and state courts in
Georgia and numerous other jurisdictions in the United States. He is a
Master with and the President-Elect of the Lamar Inn of Court, a group
of experienced trial attorneys who present continuing legal education
seminars and workshops in conjunction with Emory University School of
Law. He is a Director of the Atlanta Bar Association Litigation
Section. His peers have identified him as a "Super Lawyer" and among
"Georgia's Legal Elite".


 


While Mr. LaBriola was a prosecutor, he tried more than 50 jury trials.
He also has tried jury trials in the U. S. District Court for the
Northern District of Georgia and in Georgia State and Superior Courts,
and he successfully has argued in the Georgia appellate courts.


 


In the commercial litigation area, Mr. LaBriola has represented both
local and national clients in contract disputes, tortious interference
with business and contractual relations actions, suits involving
misappropriation of business opportunities and of trade secrets, suits
involving disputes over business acquisitions, alleged breach of
employment cases, employment discrimination cases and shareholder
disputes involving rights of first refusal and other shareholder
issues. He has assisted businesses in pursuing bad faith denial of
insurance coverage claims where significant insurable interests has
been at issue. He has authored and spoken at continuing legal seminars
on commercial business related legal issues.


Mr. LaBriola has represented many businesses in large
environmental Insurance Recovery and has obtained millions of dollars
of insurance coverage from insurers after they issued denial of
insurance coverage decisions. Large firms frequently handle the
underlying dispute with EPA/EPD and refer the insurance coverage work
to Mr. LaBriola.


Mr. LaBriola has earned the respect of physicians and adverse
counsel prosecuting medical malpractice wrongful death cases on behalf
of surviving spouses and decedent's estates and patients with
permanent, life altering medical injuries. Because the firm maintains a
high threshold regarding proof of liability and as to the enormity of
damages suffered, the firm declines representation in the vast majority
of medical malpractice cases reviewed. With regard to the cases the
firm does accept, the firm invests significant resources consulting
with and retaining the assistance of doctors to testify and educate the
jury as to why the defendant doctor, hospital or other medical service
provider was negligent. Consequently, the firm has earned a high rate
of success on behalf of its clients, and Mr. LaBriola has become the
recipient of case referrals from other lawyers who do not handle
medical negligence cases but who seek excellent representation on
behalf of their clients as well as from local physicians.


 


Because of his experience as a prosecutor, Mr. LaBriola receives
numerous referrals from other attorneys to handle matters involving
fraud and misrepresentation. In that role, he has represented a number
of individual and corporate clients. Some of Mr. LaBriola's more
notable cases include his successful defense of a well-known Japanese
company regarding alleged federal customs violations and his defense of
the designee to be the chief-of-staff to the mayor of a major
metropolitan city. The later representation involved a month-long
hearing presented by a special prosecutor before the city council, at
which time it was concluded that no wrongdoing could be proved. He also
has conducted internal investigations of alleged corporate wrongdoing.
He has defended medical service providers in qui tam actions and in
healthcare fraud grand jury investigations and prosecutions.


Mr. LaBriola has represented clients in matters involving the
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and has been involved in
"Wells Process" discussions with the SEC to resolve allegations of
securities fraud. The "Wells Process" gives a party under SEC
investigation a formal opportunity to present its side of the story
before the SEC decides whether to charge it with a violation of
securities laws.


Mr. LaBriola has been the "lawyer's lawyer," having been asked
by his peers and by insurers to represent attorneys accused of
misconduct and legal malpractice. His representation has involved both
public battles in court and confidential negotiations with State Bar
officials.


Mr. LaBriola also has assisted whistleblowers in prosecuting
False Claims Act (sometimes referred to as "Whistleblower" or "Qui
Tam") lawsuits. The False Claims Act, first signed into law by
President Lincoln in 1863, is the principal weapon of the United States
in fighting government contract false claims and fraud. It is so
effective because it encourages people with knowledge of such practices
to file a lawsuit in the name of the United States and share in the
recovery with the United States. In 1986, the False Claims Act was
amended to increase the ability of private citizens to pursue actions
as a "relator" of the United States. Mr. LaBriola has assisted clients
in presenting complex False Claims Act cases to the United States and
in prosecuting such actions.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1986

  1. Business: 60%
    28 years
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
    28 years
  3. General Practice: 20%
    28 years

Attorney Endorsements

1 total

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Stephen. She is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.

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Contact Info

225 Peachtree St., N.E., Suite 2300
Atlanta, GA, 30303

225 Peachtree St Ne
Suite 2300
Atlanta, GA, 30303

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
GAActive Member in Good Standing 198606/04/2008
COInactive198606/30/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerFellows LaBriola LLP1993 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Lamar American Inn of CourtMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
State Bar of GeorgiaMemberN/A
Old War Horse Lawyers ClubMemberN/A
Lawyers Club of AtlantaMemberN/A
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Colorado Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Federal Bar Association (Atlanta Chapter)MemberN/A
Atlanta Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Atlanta Bar Association, Litigation SectionDirectorN/A

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York UniversityLawJuris Doctorate1985
University of ColoradoHistoryBachelor of Arts1982