Professional of the Year - Legal/Trial Law

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Vincent J. LaBarbera

Title: Sole Proprietor/Owner/Attorney
Industry: Legal
Type of Organization: Private Law Firm
Major Product/Service: Legal services
Expertise: Mr. LaBarbera is a distinguished criminal trial and appellate court attorney with over 25 years of litigation experience. He specializes in criminal defense and administrative law. He has litigated over 4,500 cases and has represented several high profile clients including athletes, businessmen, attorneys, physicians, musicians, socialites, politicians and actors. Mr. LaBarbera has also represented United States servicemen before military tribunals and professionals before their respective licensing boards. He has also tried civil cases for both plaintiffs and the defense, with a 100% success record in that arena. Mr. LaBarbera practices in all California State Courts. He has also defended clients in state and/or federal courts in California, Canada, Montana, Maryland, Kentucky, Texas, Florida, Nevada and Arizona.
Geographic Area of Distribution: National
Affiliations: Mr. LaBarbera is or has been affiliated with The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, California Attorneys for Criminal Defense, Orange County Bar Association, South Orange County Bar Association and Cambridge Who's Who. He is a member of Amnesty International and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).
University/Degree: Double Major, Magna Cum Laude, Government and Philosophy, (Nominated Class Valedictorian) St. Mary's College, Moraga, California, 1976; Attended, Queens College, Cambridge, England, International Law and Corporations; J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, 1980
Born: April 22, 1954, Pomona, California
Hobbies/Sports: Mr. LaBarbera enjoys mountain climbing, scuba diving and skiing.
Children: Nicholas LaBarbera, Taylor René LaBarbera
Work History: During the course of his legal studies, Mr. LaBarbera worked with Lemaire, Faunce & Katznelson in Los Angeles, California, in public sector labor law. He was a volunteer for the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) and was a legal extern for Justice James Koby at the California State Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Three. After graduation from law school, Mr. LaBarbera was employed as a research attorney for Justice Donald Work after which he was employed with the Law Offices of Joseph Shemaria, Beverly Hills, California, where he wrote appeals and tried cases. Mr. LaBarbera went on to form his own law firm, LaBarbera & Myers, in 1984, where he remained until 2004.
Honors & Awards: Mr. LaBarbera has been awarded an "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell
Career Accomplishments: Mr. LaBarbera was part of the legal team that successfully represented a member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors during the bankruptcy of that county. He has also represented athletes before the NCAA involving allegations of steroid use. As an appellate attorney, Mr. LaBarbera has successfully argued before the California State Courts of Appeal, Second and Fourth Appellate Districts. As a federal and state criminal defense attorney, Mr. LaBarbera has argued over 200 trials and appeals.