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Stephen W. Mooney

Partner

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 has 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. Steve is "masterful at positioning a case for success."

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 regional and national publications.

Education

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

Representative Experience

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® 2017-2019, 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

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