Bria Stephens is a litigation associate who is actively engaged in each stage of the complex commercial litigation process. A skilled researcher and writer, Bria has prepared many motions including motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, and pre-trial motions in limine, drafted writs, analyzed ethics opinions, developed witness outlines and conducted witness preparation, and defended multiple depositions.
Bria is currently working on a voting rights case involving statutory claims against the State of Georgia. During the trial, she skillfully examined a witness on the stand in federal court including successfully navigating thorny evidence issues with multiple objections from opposing counsel that resulted in a pivotal courtroom moment.
Gifted at managing multiple details and synthesizing information in ways that are easily understandable to lay readers, members of the public, and the media, Bria was instrumental in the preparation of demonstratives used at trial. She also assisted witnesses in the preparation of their press statements, wrote a digest of key trial developments daily for the client, and assisted in preparing for multiple off-the-record press conference briefings attended by some of the nation’s most visible media outlets including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
In her labor and employment practice, Bria works closely with higher education clients. She has assisted in multiple internal investigations involving claims of violating the incentive compensation ban rules, accusations of false advertising and fraud, breach of contract allegations by a faculty member, and harassment claims by a faculty member. Wise beyond her years and known for her exceptional good judgment, Bria has also led a team of 40 attorneys in the review of over 1.4 million documents for a large multi-district litigation case.
Prior to joining Lawrence & Bundy, Bria worked as an associate in the litigation and trial practice group of a large international law firm. She also served as an intern at the Federal Judicial Center and the U.S. Department of Education.
Panelist, “Anatomy of a Major Discovery Project,” 2023 ABA Litigation Section
Annual Meeting, April 2023.
Moderator, “Associate Panel – Advice from the Trenches,” Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys, March 2023
Co-author, Top 10 Employer Resolutions for 2023, Law360, January 2023
Co-Author, Ahead of Contentious Midterm Election, Political Players Should Be Mindful of Strict Georgia Compliance Rules, Corporate Compliance Insights, October 2022
Complex Commercial Litigation
Labor & Employment
Emory University School of Law