16 Jan Edward A. Piasta
Edward A. Piasta
Edward A. Piasta has a nationwide trial practice. 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. Ed also represents businesses in commercial disputes and business torts.
In 2018 and 2019, Ed 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, Ed 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). Ed’s clients have amassed more than $100 million dollars in settlements and verdicts.
Ed has been selected for “Super Lawyers,” a list recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in Georgia, and rated as “Top 100” by the National Trial Lawyers.
In addition to his law practice, Ed serves in the military. Since 2006, Ed has served in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, now with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. During “the Surge” in Iraq, he 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.
Ed is a member of the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Georgia.
Ed 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, Ed graduated cum laude from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, majoring in history and minoring in military science and political science.
Ed 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. Their philanthropy activities include Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Catholic Charities Atlanta, University of Georgia, Central Night Shelter, Cristo Rey Jesuit Atlanta High School, and Holy Spirit Church in Atlanta.
Locations of Present and Past Cases
Georgia, California, Alabama, South Carolina, Virginia, Nevada, Washington, Hawaii, Alaska, Iraq, Jamaica.
Georgia and California.
University of San Francisco School of Law • San Francisco, CA • Juris Doctor
Cum Laude, Top 10%, McAuliffe Honor Society
Marquette University • Milwaukee, WI • Bachelor of Arts
Major in History, Minors in Military Science and Political Science
Cum Laude, Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society
Highest Rated Army ROTC Cadet based on leadership assessment