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Michelle Aulivola
Charter Member
Civil Litigation

120 4th Ave, Bay Shore, NY 11706, USA


Julius Babb
Charter Member
Civil Litigation

1418 Laurel St, Columbia, SC 29201, USA


A graduate of the University of South Carolina's School of Law, Jay Babb first joined Cromer & Mabry as a clerk in 2007 and then, after finishing law school in 2008, as an associate attorney. He continues to serve as an attorney with J. Lewis Cromer & Associates. As a law student, Jay served as a staff member of the American Bar Association's Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal. Also while in law school, Jay served as a clerk for the University of South Carolina's Clinical Legal Studies Program, which provides free legal services to residents of South Carolina with the assistance of law students. Jay graduated from Clemson University in Clemson, SC in 2004, where he earned a B.S. degree in Computer Information Systems. He is admitted to South Carolina State Courts, United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, and United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit and is a member of American Bar Association, South Carolina Bar Association, Richland County Bar Association, and South Carolina Association for Justice.

Leland Backus
Charter Member
Civil Litigation

3050 S Durango Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89117, USA


Leland Eugene Backus is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law and has been counsel in some of the largest complex cases in the country, including the MGM Grand Hotel fire litigation, DuPont Plaza Hotel Fire litigation, the PEPCON plant explosion, bone screw litigation, tobacco litigation, yellow brass fitting litigation, Venetian Resort construction litigation, and CityCenter Harmon Tower construction and lien master litigation. Mr. Backus is a Fellow in the trial lawyer honorary society of Litigation Counsel of America and the Order of Justitia honorary trial order. He is a founding member and Director of Eagle International Associates. Mr. Backus is a founding shareholder of Backus, Carranza & Burden rated by Martindale Hubbell as a Preeminent Law Firm with the highest rating of AV. He has been recognized as a Superlawyer, Top Lawyer, Best Civil Law Firm in Nevada and his firm as one of the Best Law Firms in Nevada by U. S. News & World Report.

Stephen Ball
Charter Member
Civil Litigation

300 N Lake Ave, STE 1000, Pasadena, CA 91101


Stephen C. Ball has successfully represented victims and consumers for almost thirty years in California and federal courts. He has been able to assist in trial those who have had their legal rights compromised by legal negligence or breach of fiduciary duty. His legal malpractice clients have included heirs, corporate board members, injured minors, injured workers, homeowners, those injured in aviation accidents and trust beneficiaries. Mr. Ball received his undergraduate education in biological sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1979 and thereafter went into business as a licensed contractor. He earned his law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in 1985 was admitted to practice in California that same year. He has also been admitted to practice in federal court since 1987 and in the United States Court of Claims since 1991. Mr. Ball has been involved in a number of benchmark cases, including 43 Superior Court jury trials.

Alan Barbanel
Charter Member
Civil Litigation

1925 CENTURY PARK E, SUITE: 350, Los Angeles, CA 90067


Mr. Barbanel has a practice focusing on insurance coverage and bad faith on behalf of commercial insurers and reinsurers. He has specialized in insurance coverage for the past thirty-two (32) years. Mr. Barbanel?s clients include several foreign and domestic excess and surplus lines insurers and reinsurers for which he handles a wide variety of complex third-party and first-party coverage disputes arising out of professional liability, employment practices liability, directors and officers? liability, commercial general liability, specialty liability, commercial property, homeowners?, and a variety of specialty policies including contingent liability and product recall policies. Mr. Barbanel also has expertise in a wide variety of policy formation issues and insurance fraud. In addition, over the past fifteen (15) years Mr. Barbanel has acted as a claim administrator for a variety professional liability programs for the Lloyd?s, London insurance market. This includes programs for lawyers, insurance agents and brokers, real estate and mortgage brokers, architects and engineers, and miscellaneous professions. In the capacity of a claim administrator Mr. Barbanel has handled in excess of 1,300 professional liability claims in most states in the United States. He earned his B.S. from Northeastern University before attending the University of San Diego, where he earned his J.D.