As one of the top criminal law and DUI specialists, Michael has successfully represented professional athletes, elected officials, police officers and other public figures. His experience as a former solicitor gives him a unique insight and knowledge into the justice system.
Michael began his legal career in 1999 as an Assistant Solicitor for the City Court of Atlanta, where he prosecuted hundreds of cases, including drug offenses and DUI’s. In 2001, he left his position as a prosecutor and entered private practice, specializing in criminal defense. In 2007, Michael partnered with Manny Arora, whom he met while working together at the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office in 1998. Together they formed the law firm of Arora & LaScala, LLC, where Michael concentrated on DUI and general criminal defense.
Michael previously chaired the Criminal Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Association. He is also a member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Defense of Drinking Drivers, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Georgia in 1995, and his law degree from Loyola University, New Orleans, in 1999. He was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1999.
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New Orleans, LA
Juris Doctor, 1999
University of Georgia
Bachelors of Arts, 1993
AREAS OF PRACTICE
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration DUI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
GeorgiaTrend’s Legal Elite
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
-Atlanta Bar Association, Former Chairman
-Criminal Law Section Georgia Association of Criminal
-Defense Lawyers Defense of Drinking Drivers, Member
-National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
Michael left his position as a prosecutor in 2001 and entered private practice, specializing in criminal defense.
Kelly Madrid is a paralegal at The LaScala Firm. Kelly worked at the law firm Arora & LaScala from 2006-2020.
Before returning to Georgia in 2006, Kelly worked for the William Morris Talent Agency in Los Angeles, CA. She also worked at Arts Genesis, a non-profit organization that specializes in Arts Education.
Kelly graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.