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Since joining the Bruno & Bruno firm, Stephen has successfully litigated over 1,000 cases, recovering over $100 million in verdicts and settlements for his clients. Although Stephen has placed a special emphasis on maritime personal injury, he has used his trial skills to obtain successful judgments in a variety of civil cases, including successions, oil and gas, wrongful death, product liability, automobile accidents, premises liability, defamation and slip-and-falls.

He has lectured at seminars for the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association and has been recognized as a diplomat by the American Association for Justice in trial advocacy. Stephen is a member of the Louisiana Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice and the New Orleans Bar Association and is a past president of the St. Thomas More Catholic Lawyers Association. Stephen was recognized as a Leader in Law by New Orleans Magazine, AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and named one of the Top Lawyers in New Orleans.

In addition to his law practice, Stephen served as custodian of the notarial records for the Parish of Orleans and chairman of the Notarial Examination Committee for Orleans Parish. He served in those capacities from 1992-1996 and 2004-2009 and is the only custodian to be nonconsecutively appointed by two Louisiana governors. He was responsible for initiating digital scanning of original acts to make them available on the internet.

Stephen is active in civic affairs and has served as president of his neighborhood association, spearheaded fund-raising activities for religious and academic institutions and is a past president of the St. Rita Parish Council.

Areas Of Practice

  • Oil and Gas
  • Wrongful Death
  • Products Liability
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Premise Liability

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1982

Education

  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • J.D. - 1982
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Tulane University
    • B.S. - 1979
    • Major: Management

Representative Cases

  • Gregory Johnson, et al v. Travelers,et al, 24th JDC, No. 629-122
  • Justin Rosier v. Guideone Mutual Insurance Company, 22nd JDC, 05-15192, jury awarded $1,750,000.00
  • Chad Ledet V Smith Marine Towing USDC CA, 10-1713 $ 1,894,728.89
  • Ray Ingram v Rheem Manufacturing, $1,500,000
  • James Diaspora v USA, $900,000
  • Robert Davis v. City of New Orleans, police brutality

Honors and Awards

  • Stephen was recognized as a Leader in Law by New Orleans Magazine
  • AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and named one of the Top Lawyers in New Orleans
  • Recognized as a Diplomat by the American Association for Justice in Trial Advocacy
  • Leader in Law, 2010-Present
  • Top Lawyers, 2009-Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Louisiana Association for Justice, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • New Orleans Bar Association, Member
  • St. Thomas More Catholic Lawyers Association, Past President
  • Notarial Records for the Parish of Orleans, Custodian
  • Notarial Examination Committee for Orleans Parish, Chairman
  • St. Rita Parish Council, Past President

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