Stephen T. LaBriola
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Suite 2300, South Tower,
225 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30303-1731
Steve 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 Immediate Past President 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 Chair of the Litigation Section of the Atlanta Bar Association. Mr. LaBriola has been selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers for each consecutive year since 2004 and received the Top 100 Georgia Super Lawyers distinction by receiving one of the highest point totals in the Georgia nomination, research and blue ribbon review process.
Mr. LaBriola has also been listed among Georgia Trend's "Legal Elite" for each consecutive year since 2006.
Mr. LaBriola received his J.D. degree from New York University (NYU) School of Law in 1985 and his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Colorado, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and received the Chancellor's Recognition Award for Academic Excellence for graduating with a 4.0 GPA on a 4.0 GPA scale for all semesters. Immediately following law school he served as a law clerk for two justices on the Colorado Supreme Court, and in the mid-eighties, he prosecuted numerous cases as a deputy district attorney in Denver, Colorado, prior to moving to Atlanta and joining one of Atlanta's top 10 largest law firms. In 1993, he and a handful of other attorneys formed his current firm.
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.
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.
Mr. LaBriola pursued a § 1983 Civil Rights Claim on behalf of a family against the Atlanta Police Department and obtained the highest settlement in the City's history on the eve of trial following months of acrimonious litigation. As a result, he has been asked to represent numerous other individuals in serious allegations of civil rights abuses.
Mr. LaBriola has handled claims on behalf of victims for catastrophic injury, brain damage and wrongful death. He has successfully prosecuted such matters to verdict and has obtained judgments and settlements in the millions of dollars.
Mr. LaBriola is on the Board of Editors to the nationwide publication, The White Collar Crime Reporter, where he published A Defense Perspective of the Corporate Federal Sentencing Guidelines. He has been a frequent speaker/lecturer before business, professional and educational groups on such topics as civil procedure, the rules of evidence, the corporate sentencing guidelines, health care fraud and the most commonly used statutes in white-collar criminal prosecutions.
Mr. LaBriola is married and has four children.