Stephen W. Mooney
In a career spanning more than 30 years, Steve Mooney has served as lead counsel on more than 300 lawsuits throughout the United States and tried a wide range of cases and class actions to verdict in Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, Mississippi, Ohio, and Tennessee. His active and diverse trial practice focuses on complex and high-profile healthcare, ERISA, catastrophic injury, employment, and general liability litigation. Steve recently led a team that secured a $56M consent judgment in federal court in Texas against a group of labs and individuals engaged in a scheme to defraud one of the country's largest healthcare plans. He has also developed a particular niche in representing the country's largest provider of funeral goods and services in a variety of tort and commercial matters. In addition, he practices in NCAA compliance and collegiate sports law. Fortune 100 clients state Steve is "masterful at positioning a case for success" and has "an unparalleled and impressive track record for getting great results..."
Recognized in Best Lawyers of America, Steve is a frequent speaker at CLE seminars throughout the country on a variety of legal topics, including trial tactics and strategies and the use of demonstrative evidence at trial. His cases have been featured in front page news stories in the Dallas Morning News, as well as Law360, the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center, and other national and regional publications.
Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S., 1983
Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D., 1987
Bar & Court Admissions
- State Bar of Georgia
- The Florida Bar
- State Bar of Nevada
- State Bar of Texas
- District of Columbia Court of Appeals
- Numerous U.S. District and Appellate Courts
Leads a team of attorneys in representing one of the nation's largest managed healthcare providers in litigation nationwide.
Successfully tried to verdict class actions, and commercial, personal injury and employment lawsuits in Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee.
Successfully tried to verdict class-action lawsuit in Mississippi alleging claims of racial discrimination in hiring, promotion and termination.
Won seminal decision from the Georgia Court of Appeals involving libel and slander claims in the private sector.
Obtained injunctions both enforcing and prohibiting the enforcement of non-competition clauses in employment agreements.
Successfully defended national pharmacy chain in wage-hour dispute concerning exemption of pharmacists from overtime compensation requirements under Fair Labor Standards Act.
Successfully petitioned NLRB regarding the status of registered nurses as supervisors under National Labor Relations Act.
Successfully represented collegiate coaches, administrators and student athletes in NCAA compliance investigations.
Successfully defended one of the nation's largest mutual insurance companies in a closely watched three-week class action jury trial involving claims of independent contractor misclassification under ERISA involving approximately 7,000 class members.
Awards & Recognitions
Best Lawyers® 2017-2021, Litigation - Labor and Employment
Super Lawyers Magazine, Georgia Super Lawyers List, Employment & Labor (2004)
Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
Professional & Community Activities
Defense Research Institute
Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
News & Publications
- Best Lawyers
- Daily Report
- Best Lawyers
- Daily Report
- August 25, 2016
"Profane, Sexually-Charged, Gender-Specific Language Can Give Rise to a Disparate Treatment Cause of Action," Labor & Employment Law News, Atlanta Bar Association, Summer 2010. - Author
"Annual Eleventh Circuit Survey: Labor Law," Mercer University Law Review. - Author
Personnel Law Manual, Georgia Chamber of Commerce - Contributing Author
Labor Relations for Georgia Employers. - Contributing Author
Events & Speaking Engagements
"Emerging Issues in Healthcare Law," American Bar Association, February 23, 2018
"Private Enforcement of Anti-Kickback Laws," Webinar, American Bar Association, July 19, 2017.
"Keys to Litigation Management Success: Handling the Complex Case" - Panel. November 4, 2011
Trials, Tribulations and Travails "Windy City Litigation Management"; June 17, 2011
Winning With Stories: Building Rapport in the Courtroom - "Emerging Responsibilities of In-House Counsel"; November 7, 2009
Trials, Tribulations and Travails - "Litigation Management in a New York Minute - 2008 Edition"; August 1, 2008
Trials, Tribulations and Travails - - "Litigation Management Roundup"; November 2, 2007
Memorable Closing Statements and Cross Examinations - "Litigation Management in a New York Minute - 2006 Edition." August 11, 2006
Seal the Deal: Closing Statements and Witness Cross-Examinations Juries Can't Ignore - "Watching Whales and Minding Minnows"; April 28, 2006
Insist on Videotaped Depositions - "Litigation Management in a New York Minute - 2005 Edition"; August 5, 2005
The Value of the Videotaped Deposition - "The Quest for Siverado: Litigation Management in Wine Country"; April 8, 2005
Intentional Torts in the Workplace - "Litigation Management at the OK Doral"; October 23, 2004