Edward Piasta

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Piasta Newbern Walker, LLC
 | 3301 Windy Ridge Parkway, Suite 110
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: 404-996-1296
Fax: 404-996-1316
Selected To Rising Stars: 2018 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2010
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Edward Piasta is the Managing Partner of Piasta Newbern Walker, LLC, a law firm located in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Piasta has a nationwide trial practice, where he advocates for innocent victims and their families suffering from someone else's negligence or wrongdoing. His practice involves premises liability, insurance bad faith, motor vehicle accidents, trucking accidents, commercial accidents, workplace accidents, and other serious matters. Mr. Piasta also represents businesses in commercial disputes and business torts. 

    In 2018 and 2019, Mr. Piasta had back-to-back Fulton County Daily Report Top Verdicts, including the Fulton County Daily Report's Number One ranked premises liability verdict in Georgia for 2018. In that case, the defendant did not offer any money to the plaintiffs before trial.

    Results oriented, Mr. Piasta has taken on the largest corporations and trucking companies in the nation on behalf of his clients. He believes in “swinging hard, but always fairly” and conducts himself “with the utmost sense of professionalism.” Brannen as Tr. of 1996 C. Bishop Brannen III Irrevocable Tr. v. Jackson Nat'l Life Ins. Co., 418 F. Supp. 3d 1231, 1234 (M.D. Ga. 2019), aff'd, 809 F. App'x 702 (11th Cir. 2020). Mr. Piasta's clients have amassed more than $85 million dollars in settlements and verdicts.  

    In addition to his law practice, Mr. Piasta serves in the military. Since 2006, Mr. Piasta has served in the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps, now with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. During "the Surge" in Iraq, Mr. Piasta earned the Bronze Star Medal for his efforts in support of combat operations. He also served another tour to Iraq in 2018, serving as the general counsel for the 201st Regional Support Group. There, he was responsible for supervising legal offices at three bases located across Iraq. He currently serves as the Chief of Military Justice (or chief prosecutor) for the Georgia Army National Guard.

    Mr. Piasta obtained his Juris Doctor cum laude in 2005 from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he was a member of the McAuliffe Honor Society and graduated in the top 10% of his class. For his undergraduate degree, Mr. Piasta graduated cum laude from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, majoring in history and minoring in military science and political science.

    Mr. Piasta is married to Kristie Edenfield Piasta. The couple has two children, William Avant and Joseph Edenfield, and the family resides in Atlanta. Kristie is also an attorney practicing at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. 

     
    Practice Areas
    • 80%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 20%Business Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

    Selections

    top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

    Rising Stars: 2018 - 2020

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    About Edward Piasta

    Admitted: 2010, Georgia

    Professional Webpage: https://www.pnwlaw.com/attorney_members/edward-a-piasta/

    Honors/Awards:

    • National Trial Lawyers Top 100, National Trial Lawyers, 2021
    • Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2017
    • Top 10%, McAuliffe Honor Society, University of San Francisco School of Law, McAuliffe Honor Society, University of San Francisco, 2005
    • Bronze Star Medal, United States Army, 2008
    • Meritorious Service Medal, United States Army and Georgia Army National Guard, 2019
    • Army Commendation Medal, United States Army, 2011
    • Army Commendation Medal, United States Army, 2018
    • Army Commendation Medal, United States Army, 2009

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • State Bar of Georgia, 2010
    • State Bar of California, 2005
    • Director of Military Affairs, State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyer's Division, 2015

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Northside Youth Organization. (Head Baseball Coach, Shetland Red), 2021
    • Cristo Rey Jesuit Atlanta High School. (Supporter from 2014 to present, and served as a student mentor), 2021
    • Central Night Shelter. Make and donate lunches and breakfasts for a homeless shelter from my family's kitchen., 2021
    • University of Georgia School of Law. Annual supporter of the Judge B. Avant Edenfield Scholarship Endowment Fund., 2021
    • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Since 2014, Will's Club member., 2021

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Speaker at Georgia Trial Lawyer Association Annual Convention concerning different strategies to put pressure on insurers to do the right thing, Lecturer/Faculty, Strategic Settlement Demands, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2021
    • Presented a CLE session on lessons learned from recent jury verdicts during a state-wide ICLE broadcast, Lecturer/Faculty, Lessons Learned from Recent Jury Verdicts, ICLE Trial Advocacy, 2020
    • Led three hour CLE training for Judge Advocates state-wide, focused on professionalism and civility in the Military Justice System, Organizer, Moderator, Presenter, Protecting our System: The Role of Civility and Professional in Litigation, Georgia National Guard, 2020
    • Presented course on medical privacy, attorney fees, avoiding conflict of interests, and protecting confidentiality, Lecturer/Faculty, Legal Ethics in Personal Injury Cases, NBI, Inc.-- Damages in Personal Injury, 2020
    • Annual guest lecturer in my alma mater's Discovery Practice class to present a multi-hour class on discovery practice, discovery investigations, and discovery disputes, Guest Lecturer, Discovery Practice: Getting the Evidence to Use at Trial, University of San Francisco School of Law, 2020
    • Presented and discussed various issues concerning a plaintiff's practice during a two-hour seminar , Guest Lecturer, Plaintiffs' Practice, University of Georgia School of Law, 2020
    • Panelist to discuss premises liability trials , Panelist, The Premises Liability Trial, Atlanta Bar Association Litigation Section, 2019
    • Presented on strategies and decisions made in the Hicks vs. Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority , Speaker, Trial Review: Hicks vs. MARTA , Atlanta Trial Lawyers Association, 2019
    • Presenter on the Alfred vs. Powersecure, Inc., et al. verdict. , Presenter, Breakfast Workshop and Webinar, Fried Rogers Goldberg, LLC, 2019
    • Article on Hicks vs. Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Co-Author, Turning a No Offer Case into a $11,250,000 Jury Verdict, Verdict Magazine--Georgia Trial Lawyers' Association, 2018
    • Presented on the Hicks vs. Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority verdict, Presenter, Breakfast Workshop and Webinar, Fried Rogers Goldberg, LLC, 2018

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Verdict $1,755,000.00 plus attorney fees: Fulton County Daily Report top five motor vehicle verdict. Client had "shoulder impingement" surgery and $60,000 in special damages. Alfred vs. Anthony P. Rulli and Power Secure, Superior Court of Gwinnett County, 17A10847-10  , 2019
    • Verdict $11,250,000.00: Fulton County Daily Report's #1 Premises Liability Verdict for 2018. Code defect premises liability case against MARTA. Hicks vs. Metropolitan Rapid Transit Authority, Inc., Superior Court of Fulton County, 2018CV300282. The defendant did not offer a penny before trial. An article about the case is located at: Turning a No Offer Case into a $11,250,000 Jury Verdict., 2018
    • Settlement $1,000,000.00: Policy limits settlement in motor vehicle injury case. Asiel Lopez vs. Metropolitan Property and Casualty Insurance Company, et al., State Court of Gwinnett County, 20-C-02562-S3, 2020
    • Settlement $1,000,000.00: Settlement for the policy limits in a negligent security case against a homeowner's association. Prince vs. Waldrop Condominium Association, Inc., et al., State Court of Dekalb County, 18A69577, 2019
    • Verdict $2,225,000.00: co-counsel in knee injury commercial motor vehicle case with $89,000.00 in medical special damages. Waldrop vs. Golden Coastline Logistics, et al., United States District Court, Newnan Division, 3:13-cv-204, 2015

    Educational Background:

    • Command and General Staff College. Graduate-level leadership program focused on organizational leadership, military history, military planning, and decision-making processes. Earned"Exceeded Course Standards" rating, which rating is reserved for the top of the class. , 2017
    • University of San Francisco School of Law, Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, Top 10%, McAuliffe Honor Society, 2005
    • Marquette University, Bachelor of Arts (Major in History, Minors in Military Science and Political Science), Cum Laude, Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society, Number One rated Army ROTC Cadet, 2002
    Find Me Online
    Website - www.pnwlaw.com

    Comments

    • “Ed is smart, creative, and tireless. ”
    • “Ed is an outstanding young lawyer who has made quite a name for himself in the plaintiff's personal injury practice area.”
    • “Ed is a fantastic attorney. Ed brings his experience as an active duty Judge Advocate attorney to the Georgia courts. He is a master of his craft. More important, Ed is ethical. You can trust Ed to do what he says and to deliver what he promises. Ed is the highest caliber of attorney, and he does honor to the profession.”

    These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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    3301 Windy Ridge Parkway
    Suite 110
    Atlanta, GA 30339

    Phone: 404-996-1296

    Fax: 404-996-1316

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