Jason Mirabella

Senior Litigator

Jason is a litigator with 16 years of experience in primarily business tort and contract law related to real estate. Jason is a strategic thinker with an instinct for finding practical solutions, and where possible avoids “scorched-earth” tactics that only benefit the lawyers and churn billable hours. Jason has years of courtroom experience both in jury and bench trials and has argued over a hundred motions in court. His experience in litigation runs the gamut from commercial landlord-tenant cases to business and commercial torts and personal injury and products liability.

Read about how a car accident completely changed Jason’s own life and professional trajectory …

Practice Areas

  • Eminent Domain
  • Personal Injury and Wrongful Death

Admitted to Practice

  • All Superior Courts and State Courts of record, 2003

Education

  • University of Georgia School of Journalism and Mass Communication, ABJ, 1998, Dean’s List, Hope Grant Recipient, Southwestern Book Company
  • University of Georgia School of Law, JD, 2003, Top Third of the Class, International Journal of Law

Professional or Trade Affiliations

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Leadership Gwinnett Alumnus

Representative Experience

  • Wrongful Death Private Settlement – Obtained favorable settlement against a local municipal police department for an illegal police chase that resulted in multiple fatalities.
  • Complex Business Transaction Private Settlement – Case involved complex transaction of eight branded gas stations, with concurrent exclusive petroleum product distribution contracts. The opposing party ultimately closed on only four of the stations, and breached the distribution agreements. Obtained a favorable private settlement at mediation, wherein the earnest money from the four remaining gas stations was forfeited to my client, and damages were agreed to for the breach of contract on the distribution contracts. The case involved over a million bates-stamped documents.
  • Britt v. Morris – Successfully obtained summary judgment in favor of a landowner whose title to property was challenged by a tenant who failed to successfully execute an option to purchase. The case went up to the Court of Appeals, where the landowner also prevailed on appeal.

Community Involvement

  • Leadership Gwinnett Alumnus

My Story – by Jason Mirabella, Esq.

I am passionate about helping others with their personal injury cases…because I have been there! If you find yourself in a similar situation, I want to help you.

On October 3, 2007, I was involved in a car accident that completely changed my life and professional trajectory, as well as turned our whole family’s lives upside down. A little after 7:30AM, on an otherwise perfect fall day, as I was giving my wife a ride to work on Highway 9 in Alpharetta, an impaired driver crossed the center line and hit us head-on at 50 MPH. We were going approximately 45 MPH at the time. Based on what I can recall from my brief career as a high school physics student, that is the equivalent of hitting a brick wall at 95 MPH. Fortunately, both my wife and I were wearing our seatbelts, and the airbags worked as they are supposed to.

But that is far from saying we walked away unscathed. The human body is not designed to decelerate from 95 MPH to zero in less than a second. We both had significant injuries and spent nine days side-by-side in the Intensive Care Unit of North Fulton County. My wife was critical when she was admitted to the hospital with a back that was broken in several places, broken bones in her feet and ribs, and a lacerated spleen that would have killed her if our accident had not taken place almost directly in front of the hospital. For my part, I had broken ribs and a cracked sternum, internal bleeding, and – in what turned out to be my most debilitating injury – an open fracture of my calcaneus bone (the heel of your foot essentially splintering and protruding through the skin and muscle tissue on my right foot). I do not recommend googling that injury – it was gross, take my word for it. Both then in the hospital, and then later after my surgery when I developed a bone infection, there were serious conversations about amputating my foot.

Worse than the physical injuries was the emotional trauma. A bad car accident is like being plopped down in the middle of an active combat zone, except you have no training, no plan, and very much had different plans for your day. There is a very surreal quality of not knowing if what is happening is real or a nightmare. The thing I remember most vividly was the white haze and acrid smell of deployed airbags as well as the sounds and smells of various fluids in the car rupturing and smoldering on the hot engine block. Then you had the screams of injured people and a very real, very terrifying fear for my life as well as my wife’s. That was all mixed up with heavy thoughts like wondering if we would ever see our blended family of five children again. I laid in a hospital bed for three hours having no idea if my wife was alive or dead. It was the most traumatic event in my life, bar none. I felt very mortal and small and alone.

Then came the aftermath, and this is where my story becomes relevant to you. The troubled young man who hit us was driving a car that did not belong to him, and he had no insurance at all. The owner of the policy had a minimum policy. Together with that, we were able to patch together our Underinsured Motorist (UMI) policies to put a settlement together. Then our health insurance companies sought subrogation from our meager settlement for our nearly $1,000,000 in medical bills. I was not able to work for four months, and as a result I eventually lost my health insurance and had to find a way to pay for subsequent surgeries on my foot out of pocket.

All told, even though I am a lawyer with significant experience in this practice area, it was still a complete nightmare. I had practiced law for 14 years when the accident occurred. I had always taken car accident cases and wrongful death cases, but my primary area of focus had always been in real estate litigation. The aftermath of my accident made me realize how scary and alone a feeling it is when your life has been turned upside down, you have been unable to work, your health insurance eventually runs out, you are trying to raise your kids and now you are faced with the monumental task of putting your life back together, and no clue where to start.

I have decided to devote the rest of my career to being that place for similarly situated people to start. I have a massive amount of compassion for the people who – every day, through no fault of their own – find themselves in exactly that predicament, but without the benefit of my education and experience to fall back on.

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