SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Charles “Chuck” La Bella has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America.
The induction ceremony at which Chuck became a Fellow took place recently before an audience of 700 persons during the recent Induction Ceremony at the 2018 Spring Meeting of the College in Phoenix, Arizona. The meeting had a total attendance of 850.
Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.
Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,800 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows. The College maintains and seeks to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and the administration of justice through education and public statements on independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice, and fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.
Chuck La Bella is a partner in the San Diego firm of Charles La Bella, Professional Law Corp., and is also “Of Counsel” to the San Francisco firm of Bartko Zankel Bunzel & Miller.
Chuck’s practice focuses primarily on white collar defense, complex business litigation, internal corporate investigations, as well as enforcement and privacy work.
Mr. La Bella served for 20-plus years as one of the nation’s top federal prosecutors, including United States Attorney for the Southern District of California and most recently as the Deputy Chief of the Fraud Section of the United States Department of Justice.
As Deputy Chief of the Fraud Section, Mr. La Bella was tasked with supervising white collar investigations and cases throughout the United States, including the fraud conviction of Las Vegas construction boss Leon Benzer in 2015. He has supervised prosecutions for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Securities acts, RICO, Healthcare acts, and many other federal laws. As a member of the Los Angeles Healthcare Strike Force, Mr. La Bella supervised investigations and prosecutions of healthcare fraud across the western United States.
In 2010, Chuck was Of Counsel at Bartko Zankel Bunzel & Miller before rejoining the government as the Deputy Chief of the Fraud Section. Mr. La Bella was lead prosecutor in the Southern District of New York case against former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos and Imelda Marcos, in which John Bartko was a member of the defense team. Mr. La Bella was later a Court-appointed receiver in a large Ponzi-scheme case brought by the SEC, where the Bartko firm represented many of the victims of the scheme. Chuck rejoined the Bartko firm as Of Counsel in April 2016.