After receiving his J.D. in 2000, he launched his legal career, joining Allstate Insurance Co., as an in-house trial attorney. A year later, he joined the law firm of McKay Williamson Lutgring & Cochran as an associate attorney handling mostly personal injury cases. In 2003, he ventured out to create his own firm. Babcock has been serving the legal needs of clients from his Baton Rouge office ever since.
His practice focuses solely on litigation and he has tried cases in state and federal courts throughout Louisiana. A licensed pilot, Babcock often flies to his destinations to more efficiently make use of his time for clients. Although he never turns down the chance to try cases before juries, Babcock is also a strong proponent of alternative dispute resolution and participates in mediations and arbitrations as much as possible.
His high-profile cases have included a nearly $2 million arbitration award for a hotel manager against the owner of a Hilton Hotel. He also represented the sportsmen’s organization Ducks Unlimited in a million-dollar federal lawsuit involving a New Orleans artist’s prints. Babcock filed motions for summary judgment in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on behalf of his client, and the case resulted in a voluntary dismissal.
He also made the national news in early 2008 when LSU played Ohio State for the BCS National Football Championship game. Babcock — an ardent LSU football fan — was successful in convincing a state judge to delay a trial that was scheduled to occur at the same time as the game (which LSU won, 38-24).
Babcock’s work has earned the recognition of a number of professional organizations. They include being named a Top Ten Personal Injury Attorney in Louisiana by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, selection by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers of America for personal-injury law and commercial litigation, a “Superb” rating in the Avvo legal directory, and “Rising Star” status by SuperLawyers magazine.
In addition, Martindale-Hubbell Ratings has given Babcock its coveted Client Distinction Award, for excellence in client service. Stephen has always aspired to provide superior client service, including a 30-day client-satisfaction guarantee.
Babcock is an avid outdoorsman and strong supporter of Ducks Unlimited and the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana.