AV Pre-eminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Neal is a Lifetime Charter Member of Rue Ratings’ BEST ATTORNEYS OF AMERICA and was among the “Top Lawyers of Georgia” featured in Atlanta Magazine in 2014. Mr. Neal has been nominated for the 2014 Litigator Awards by the Trial Lawyer Board of Regents and is a highly skilled and experienced Trial Lawyer licensed to practice law in Georgia for 21 years, representing victims and families of Personal Injuries and Wrongful Death.
In 2012, NEAL LAW obtained the biggest wrongful death settlement and recovery in history against the uninsured government of Augusta-Richmond County, Georgia for the wrongful deaths of a young couple and a substantial confidential settlement against Georgia Power. These tragic deaths resulted from a double fatality trailer fire in which high school sweethearts were burned alive and choked to death on super-heated soot and smoke inhalation. The case lasted four years, including victories for the Plaintiff’s on sovereign and official immunity in the trial Court, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and the Georgia Supreme Court.v See Vann v. Finley, 313 Ga. App. 153, 721 S.E.2d 156 (2011), certiorari denied 2012 Ga. Lexis 387.
January 2007 obtained a $3,000,000 federal jury verdict in Hill v. USA Truck, Inc., 2007 WL 1574545 (D.S.C.), a case where a tractor trailer ran off the road and struck a mildly mentally retarded laborer on his friend’s bicycle. Confidentially settled wrongful death suits involving gas and electrical fires for substantial monetary sums against large utility companies in Georgia on novel theories. Mr. Neal has also successfully handled medical malpractice cases over the past fifteen years, including a wrongful death EMTALA action in federal court. Reversed a malice murder verdict in the Georgia Supreme Court, and later retried the case before a jury, obtaining an acquittal of his client on all counts in 2000. Lindsey v. State, 271 Ga. App. 657 (1999).
Lee Biola represents workers who have been injured on the job before the State Board of Workers’ Compensation. Lee is a former insurance company attorney who now declines offers to represent insurance companies. After graduation from law school, Lee worked for another law firm where he primarily represented insurance companies in workers’ compensation cases. Upon opening his own law practice in 2001, Lee changed his focus from representing insurance companies to representing injured workers.
Lee is a graduate of the Georgia State University College of Law where he served as Co-editor of the legislative history section of the Georgia State University Law Review.
Lee personally handles all of his workers’ compensation cases. Clients do not deal with paralegals or legal secretaries, but receive individualized attention directly from an attorney.
“I obtained my law degree from Georgia State University College of Law in 1988. Subsequently, in 1989, I was admitted to the District of Columbia, the U. S. District Court, the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, the U. S. Court of Appeals, the Eleventh Circuit, the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court. On motion by former Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, Charles Longstreet Weltner, I was admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States of America on July 17, 1992.
I was a former part-time Magistrate Judge in Clayton County. I have also served on the faculty of the William Daniels Trial Advocacy Program and lectured at various seminars and trial lawyers’ workshops at the University of Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.
I have been featured on CourtTV, Forensic Files and other local media channels.
High Profile Cases include:
U.S. vs. Sheriff Richard Lankford, Atlanta, GA; Co-Counsel; Reverse on Appeal
U.S. vs. The Gold Club, Jana Pelnis, etc., Atlanta, GA; Counsel; Nolle Prosequi
State vs. Lewis Joyner, Atlanta, GA; Co-Counsel with Steve Sadow
State vs. Billy Moclaire, Atlanta, GA; Co-Counsel with Steve Sadow; (Bad Cops Case)
State vs. Candace Overstreet, Jonesboro, GA; Co-Counsel with Drew Findling; (Homicide of Police Officer)
State vs. Freeman Salahuddin, Atlanta, GA; Co-Counsel with Bruce Harvey and Walt Britt; Order for Directed Verdict (Quadruple Homicide)
State vs. Jim Watson, Atlanta, GA; Co-Counsel with Lee Sexton, Ricky Morris, and Scott Key; (Homicide)
State vs. Jean Long, Jackson, GA; Co-Counsel with Wade Crumbley; Acquittal (Homicide)
State vs. Gerald Hall, Jonesboro, GA; Co-Counsel with Steve Sadow; Nolle Prosequi (Homicide)
State vs. Marcus Shaw, Atlanta, GA; Co-Counsel with Bruce Harvey; Nolle Prosequi (Homicide)”.
Lee Ann Bellon has devoted her entire career to working with attorneys. She has in depth experience with first year associates as well as partners with millions of dollars in business.
An article entitled “Dialing for Dollars” published in 1983 in The American Lawyer changed her life. It was about the emergence of recruiters working solely with attorneys. There were only thirteen legal recruiters scattered throughout the United States. No legal recruiters were in Atlanta and there were virtually none in the southeast.
Few southern law firms had used recruiters and every one of the managing partners she met told her that her business concept would never work. It took 6 months to make the first placement, but then the phone started ringing with clients interested in the company’s services.
Lee Ann has had a number of articles published in local and national publications.
She is now in the final stages of writing her first book. She is knowledgeable, and her approach is authentic, straight forward and fun. She is an entertaining speaker who clearly makes her points while keeping her audience’s attention.’