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Michael S. LaScala

DUI and DWI Attorney at Atlanta, GA

5.0   68 reviews

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%

    23 years, 2,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    50%

    23 years, 2,000 cases

Michael LaScala received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Georgia in 1995, and his law degree from Loyola University, New Orleans, in 1999. He was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1999.

Michael started out his career as an Assistant Solicitor for the City Court of Atlanta, where he prosecuted hundreds of cases, including drug offenses and DUI's.

In 2001, Michael left his position as a Prosecutor and entered private practice, specializing in criminal defense. In 2007, Michael partnered with Manny Arora, another former Prosecutor who was also previously a partner at the prestigious lawfirm of Garland, Samuel & Loeb, P.C. Michael and Manny met while working together at the Fulton County District Attorney's Office in 1998. Together they formed the law firm of Arora & LaScala, LLC, where Michael concentrates on DUI defense and general criminal defense. His clients have included current and retired professional atheletes, police officers, elected officials and other public figures.

Michael is the chairman of the Criminal Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Association. He is also a member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Defense of Drinking Drivers, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.


Licensed for 23 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1999
Updated 11/03/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Arora & LaScala, LLC
75 W. Wieuca Rd.
Atlanta, GA, 30342-3217

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Posted by Nathan | October 2, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Michael took on my case even though is wasn't going to be easy. He was always there for any questions or concerns (unlike most lawyers) with a answer. He did a great job and got me through it winning the case. I highly recommend Michael and his firm if you have any legal needs.
Posted by Cliff | August 20, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
I was lucky to have his help
Talk about making the best of a bad situation. Michael is dedicated to helping you by any means possible. He understands what I was going through and helped me navigate the court system. Michael brought up options I didn't even know existed. I couldn't recommend a better lawyer.
Posted by jake | September 14, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great Job
Wife and I had an argument. Unfortunately police got involved, and arrested and charged both with Battery Family Violence. There is even potential immigration consequence. Michael reassured us, and eventually got both cases dismissed successfully. I highly recommend Michael.
Posted by Alex | May 29, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Best in Atlanta
Charged with multiple offenses: Elusion of a police officer, super speeder, failure to maintain lane, and improper passing of a vehicle. Michael was able to drop all charges and reduce my case to community service and supplemental driving courses. Very satisfied and would recommend to anyone as a traffic attorney.
Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Michael is hands down the best attorney
After getting my first DUI dropped to Wreckless after blowing a .21, Michael was able to get my second DUI dropped completely by the prosecution to a traffic citation of Failure to Maintain a Lane due to several inaccuracies by the arresting officer Michael pointed out. Due to a lack of evidence, Michael continuously argued with the DA in Blue Ridge, GA for 7 months and also got to know the arresting State Trooper where he argued the DA had no support for thier case. I was facing a double DUI case there since child under 14 was with me and up to 3 years potentially in prison since it would have been my 3rd DUI in less than 5 years. Michael was able to not only help solve my legal issues but was also a solid person during the whole period of time. I watched several attorneys in court blow in, spend 2 minutes with their client they had never met nd then go make a deal with DA to quickly earn their fee. That is not Michael. Michael cares about you as a person beyond just being a client. He is absolutely THE BEST DUI attorney in Atlanta. Nobody comes close.
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Posted by Orin | March 8, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
5 Star Attorney
Michael provided excellent service! He is very knowledgeable of the law and spot on with the motions he filed, which resulted in my DUI case being dismissed! Definitely worth every penny!
Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Charged with DUI - Result: Reduced to Reckless Driving / Never had License Revoked
After you get a DUI, you get piles of lawyers marketing your mailbox for business(which is a *super awesome* reminder that you just got arrested). Regardless of the mail received and the availability of googling reviews I tend to go with trusted friends' opinions' over best marketing material (sorry graphic designers and copywriters) for anything of importance. So I asked around to the people who knew, and it was pretty clear who the guy to call was(LaScala). So lets get some bullet points here: - He is super easy to get a hold of; e.g. , answers texts, returns phone calls, if not himself then Kelly, and is very pleasant and honest about the situation you are in. - His admin Kelly Madrid is always on top of it, if Michael is in court or whatever the case may be; she makes sure he gets back to you or gets your message. Any paperwork, or financial dealings will be dealt with promptly, and once again this is all with a friendly and pleasant tone. Don't get me wrong no one jokes around about the seriousness of a DUI charge, but I hope you understand my point: - The communication is rock solid. Which is important extra important when dealing with a stressful topic. The Case: Not going to bore you with all of the details, but here's the idea. I did not lose my license in civil court. He is out there making every move he can that is in your best interest. He has a superb knowledge of the law. He is straight forward about the situation. He works hard, and has a genuine talent for his profession. In my opinion he gets it done and does his best to keep you stress free. **Charge: DUI **Result: Reduced to Reckless Driving (with minimal penalties, and no license suspension at any point).
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Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2015
Fantastic Lawyer!
Michael was able to have very serious sexual misconduct charges reduced to disorderly conduct. He kept me informed every step of the way. He knew how to handle an over-zealous solicitor with a messianic objectives. I would highly recommend this lawyer if you ever need someone on your side!
Posted by Michael from Buckhead | April 10, 2015
I made mistakes, Michael minimized the damage!
Michael helped me with major charges on two occasions. In Athens, Michael had a DUI charge thrown out and in Atlanta, despite having a BAC above the legal limit, had a DUI charge reduced to Reckless Driving. Michael is very responsive and I could not be more pleased with the results. I definitely would recommend him to a friend (and have)!
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Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2015
5 Star Attorney
Michael Lascala is an excellent lawyer. He is professional, extremely knowledgeable and has a calming demeanor. He has a firm grasp on the law and gets the job done quickly and efficiently. Having him in my corner was the most important factor in the success of my case. I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2014
Everything happened that he said would happen!!!
I had a unique and difficult case which other specialized attorney's were too scared to take on. Michael handled everything with great knowledge and confidence from the moment I first spoke with him to the last little question. Always available, any time of day or night.
Posted by BRIAN | April 1, 2014
Best Lawyer in Atlanta!!
This is one of the best criminal lawyers in Atlanta. He has consistently provided me with great results. If your in a legal bind, this is the man you need to call. He is very knowledgeable and will fight for your rights and do what is necessary to win your case.
Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2014
Hit & Run w/ Overturned Vehicle & 2nd DUI Reduced to Reckless
I was involved in a hit and run accident in which I ran into a Jeep Liberty with three passengers that overturned. I left the scene because I had been drinking, which was the worst decision I ever made in my life. I received a DUI 4.5 years ago in Athens, GA and had an array on thoughts that quickly went through my head: 1) I didn't want to lose my job; 2) I couldn't afford a 2nd DUI; and 3) I didn't have my physical license on me. To be honest, I made the decision to leave the scene so quickly and the impact happened so fast that I did not know that the other car had overturned until I got to jail three hours later. Anyways, I left the scene and was pulled over ten minutes later. A witness had followed me and reported my plates. My BAC was .560 and I got a DUI-Less Safe, a misdemeanor Hit and Run and failure to yield. I spent the night in jail and went to Michael Lascala's office the next day. There was major luck involved in multiple areas but Michael Lascala's work was not luck. He clearly has lots of connections in the legal industry, a quick wit and a will to fight for your case. To make a very long story short, Michael kept my license, kept me out of jail and had all three of my charges merged into one charge of reckless driving. God was on my side as no one in the other car was injured at all. I have changed my life because of this incident but I would never have had the opportunity without Michael's help. Hire him. He's also gotten two DUIs thrown out for my step-brother. He's the best in Atlanta.
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2014
Great lawyer!
I was referred to Mr. LaScala by a colleague. I'm very happy I called and met with him. He explained the situation and was able to have my case dismissed. Michael helped me through a difficult time and was there when I needed reassurance. I'm able to keep my professional license and continue with my life without a criminal charge. I'm very thankful for his work. I would recommend him to everyone!
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Posted by Beck Jr. | February 25, 2014
Multiple DUI's and a bunch of violations.
I have had Michael represent me in court for my DUI charges and 1 theft-over charge. Out of 2 DUI charges and 1 theft-over charge, none where convictions and most were dismissed, thanks to this life-saving lawyer!! He knows almost everyone in the courthouse and they all seem to like him as much as I do!! All I can say is that if I am in any trouble again (hopefully not) this is the man I will call!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2014
Excellent DUI defense attorney
Michael has an Incredible knowledge of the law and current and prior cases. I always felt informed and knew that I had someone that would fight for me to the bitter end. He had excellent raport with the others in the court. Michael was able to get my changes acquitted. He ran circles around the Fulton County prosecutor. I will always have his card in my wallet and his number in my cell phone just incase someone else needs him!
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Posted by anonymous | August 2, 2013
Got me out of a big jam
I was in so deep with the court system for various offenses. Mike made it all go away. He seems to have personal relationships with prosecutors and such that seemed to make things go in his favor. If you are up the creek without a paddle like I was, Trust me, Mike is the man!
Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2013
Excellent Attorney
Michael was a top notch attorney. I was well informed at each part of the process, and was given clear and precise instruction as to how to best handle being proactive with my case. I would highly recommend Michael to anyone who is seeking a lawyer who knows how to get the job done.
Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2013
First rate experience during a difficult time
Michael is very straight forward, honest and diligent in handling his cases. I felt well taken care of and my mind was put to ease during a difficult time as I trusted I had the best attorney and was well prepared thanks to his advisement. My case resulted positively with the expected outcome that Michael set out for. I would strongly recommend his services to anyone dealing with a DUI case.
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Posted by Karla | September 26, 2012
Excellent Representation
He handled a case where my son was falsely accused of stalking. The case was dismissed and my son's arrest record has been expunged.
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Arora & LaScala
  • 2007 - Present
  • Partner
  • LaScala & LaScala
  • 2001 - 2007
  • Assistant Solicitor
  • Office of the Solicitor General
  • 1999 - 2001

Education

  • Loyola University
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1999

Associations

  • Atlanta Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Co-chair
  • 2009 - 2010

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Legal Elite
  • Georgia Trend magazine
  • 2010
  • Georgia's Best Lawyers - DUI Defense
  • www.bestlawyers.com
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Legal Elite
  • Georgia Trend magazine
  • 2009
  • Georgia's Best Lawyers - DUI Defense
  • www.bestlawyers.com
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

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DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a well respected lawyer in the community. He knows the law and has a sharp mind. I endorse and recommend this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Michael. He is flat out hard working and highly ethical. He is an exceptional attorney and will work tirelessly to get his clients a good result."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I first met Michael when he was working "the other side", as a prosecutor . The defense Bar and his clients are very lucky that he finally made the right choice and has become an excellent advocate for the defense bar"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is the go-to lawyer when it comes to representing individuals charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs assistance."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a well-respected and valued member of the legal community. I endorse his work."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. LaScala is truly one of Atlanta's elite criminal and DUI defense attorneys. He is always very pleasant and very dedicated to resolving the matters of his clients!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I really endorse this lawyer!!! I've watched Michael zoom to the top of the DUI Defense Bar. This guy is good. I regularly consult with him on technical DUI legal issues. This guy knows his stuff. His courtroom demeanor is highly confident, tough, but personable."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael LaScala is a talented, experienced, and zealous advocate for his clients. Michael's knowledge and experience, both as a former prosecutor and as a current criminal defense attorney, makes him an exceptional choice to assist individuals with their criminal defense needs. Michael is a skilled litigator and negotiator, and knows when to use which talent to benefit his clients. I endorse Michael LaScala to help you with your legal needs."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. LaScala is among the elite of Metro Atlanta D.U.I. and Criminal Defense Lawyers. I HIGHLY recommend Michael."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had several personal friends that have been represented by Mr. LaScala and they have ALL had excellent results. I highly recommend him. He is very highly regarded by judges, prosecutors and fellow attorneys."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. One of the best DUI lawyers in Georgia."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Almost by instinct I refer Atlanta-area traffic offenses (e.g., DUIs) to Michael LaScala. His record is exemplary. Perhaps more impressive than his accomplishments and intellect, though, is Michael's compassion. He understands that everyone has a bad day now and again, and that everyone, sometimes, needs a good lawyer to get them through the 'legal' part of that day. That's why I trust him with my clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mike for 8 years. He has always been one of the most honest, sincere, and trustworthy lawyers in the profession. When people ask me if I know Mike LaScala I can never say enough good things about him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike knows DUI law better than anyone. He is an aggressive advocate who will fight for his clients. He gets results and anyone who has him by their side in court is lucky to have him. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mike since his days as a prosecutor in the City of Atlanta where he was always fair and the one working the hardest. As a defense lawyer he is at the top of his game, and he is always willing to go the extra mile for not only his clients, but also for fellow attorneys who may need help in their cases. If Mike is your lawyer, I promise you that you are in good hands because he is as capable as they come. Besides his legal acumen, he is also an all around good guy. I would call him myself if I needed a lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Michael LaScala is an attorney who I tried cases against when I was a prosecutor in Atlanta. He is someone that I highly respect and his knowledge of DUI and Criminal Law is very impressive. One of Michael's greatest attributes is his personality and the way he deals with opposing counsel and prosecutors. He works very hard on his cases and always gets excellent results for his clients. He is an attorney that I would want to represent me if I was ever in trouble on a DUI or criminal matter."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I know Michael to be a highly dedicated, knowledgeable, and aggressive criminal defense attorney, with substantial experience in DUI defense. As a fellow member of the criminal defense bar, I am proud to have Michael as a colleague and recommend his services without hesitation. He is top notch."
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Atlanta DUI and DWI Lawyer Michael S. LaScala
Michael S. LaScala
DUI and DWI Attorney
Atlanta, GA
Licensed for 23 years