Ken Shigley is an Atlanta-based trucking trial attorney representing clients in cases of serious personal injury and wrongful death statewide in Georgia.
He has handled successfully many truck crash cases involving wrongful death, spinal cord injury, brain injury, burns and back injuries, vertebral fractures, herniated cervical discs, fractured arms, legs, hips and ankles and other injuries arising from auto, truck and bus accidents, dangerous premises and defective products.
Mr. Shigley is currently chair of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway & Premises Liability Section, which specialized litigation groups on Trucking Litigation, Bus Litigation, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Motorcycle Litigation, Bicycle Litigation, Resort Torts Litigation and Inadequate Security Litigation. Previously, he served as a board member of the AAJ Trucking Litigation Group. He was also chair of the Southeastern Motor Carrier Litigation Institute.
In 2011-12, Mr. Shigley was president of the 45,000-member State Bar of Georgia, which includes all attorneys and judges licensed in Georgia. That included intense interaction the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government and all classes and levels of judges statewide, a 150-member board of governors, 16-member executive committee and staff of 75 in three offices. In connection with the Georgia Bar presidency, he also served as board chair of the Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, trustee of the Institute for Continuing Judicial Education in Georgia, as a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates, Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform (appointed by Governor Nathan Deal), the Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency, the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism, Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution, Georgia Courts Automation Commission, National Conference of Bar Presidents and Southern Conference of Bar Presidents. Prior to rising to the top of the State Bar, he was chair of its Tort & Insurance Practice Section and chair of the Georgia Insurance Law Institute. All that flowed from randomly attending a breakfast meeting in 1993.
At the end of his term as State Bar president in 2012, the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission included him in the "short list" of nominees submitted to the Governor to consider for appointment to the Georgia Court of Appeals. A "lawyer's lawyer" and "judge's lawyer," he has also represented lawyers and judges in sensitive personal and professional matters.
One of only 18 Georgia lawyers who have earned double board certification in Civil Trial Advocacy and Civil Pretrial Advocacy from the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, he is the lead author of Georgia Law of Torts: Trial Preparation & Practice (Thomson Reuters West, 2010-15), which was quoted as an authority by the Supreme Court of Georgia in a 2014 case decision.
Peer review ratings include an “AV” (highest) rating in the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory, “Super Lawyer” rating in Atlanta Magazine, “Legal Elite” ranking in Georgia Trend magazine, “Who’s Who in Law” listing in Atlanta Business Chronicle, and inclusion in the Bar Register or Preeminent Lawyers.
Often on the leading edge in new developments, he launched the first law firm website in the Southeast in 1996 and one of the first lawyer blogs in the Southeast in 2005.
Representative Cases: All cases are different, and past performance does not guarantee future results, but here are a few representative cases.
- Obtained confidential seven figure settlement against auto manufacturer where defective design of anti-lock brake system led to crash of minivan, resulting in quadriplegia and death.
- Secured confidential settlement of logging truck wrongful death case for 12 times the amount of insurance coverage on the truck itself after litigating insurance coverage, bankruptcy and wrongful death issues in three separate courts.
- Obtained confidential seven figure settlement against manufacturer of sports utility vehicle where defective design of passenger restraint system and roof led to quadriplegia.
- Served as co-counsel in automotive products liability case resulting in $6 million jury verdict for defect that led to passenger ejection in rollover.
- Represented 10 of 33 members a Bluffton University baseball team injured in a bus crash, with a total of $25 million apportioned among 33 plaintiffs on an agreed formula.
- Made joint damages presentation for group of University of West Georgia cheerleaders who recovered total of $9.3 million in crash caused by failure of tire on college van, apportioned among 13 plaintiffs on an agreed formula.
- Won $2.3 million jury verdict in Gordon County for client who suffered complex leg fracture in head on collision with truck operated for interstate motor carrier.
- Recovered $1.25 million policy limits settlement for a young man who was t-boned in an intersection in Cobb County suffering a brain injury, despite evidence that he was talking on the phone with his gay partner while turning left in an intersection.
- Won $1.2 million jury verdict in Fulton County for woman with head and neck injuries who had consumed cocaine and tequila with the driver of sports car in which she was a passenger.
- Obtained $1.3 million settlement in Rome – $300,000 above insurance policy limits -- for family of young man killed when rear-ended by tractor trailer on interstate at night
- Recovered million dollar policy limit in wrongful death case against small trucking company.
- Recovered $850,000 settlement during jury deliberation at end of a trial in Macon for neck fusion injury for man struck by dump truck.
- Recovered $750,000 for airline passenger who suffered ankle fracture when struck by motorized cart in airport terminal concourse.
Mr. Shigley began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in a four county rural circuit, then spent several years in small town general practice and a decade in an insurance defense law firm in Atlanta. Since 1990, he has focused on plaintiffs’ personal injury and wrongful death cases, insurance coverage disputes, and occasional service as a mediator or arbitrator.
A graduate of Furman University and Emory University Law School (where he has been an adjunct instructor in trial techniques and small firm practice), he also completed the "Ultimate Trial Advocacy" course at Harvard Law School and an executive education program at Harvard Kennedy School of Government and several regional programs of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College.
Ken and Sally Shigley are proud of their two young adult children, Anne Shigley Noble, (New Hampshire) and Ken Shigley, Jr. (Atlanta).
Mr. Shigley is currently a trustee of The Peachtree Trust. He has served as an elder at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, assistant scoutmaster of the Boy Scout troop where his son became an Eagle Scout, YMCA youth soccer coach, board chair of a church-based (now independent) child development center, board member ofLifegate Christian counseling center, secretary of the Bill Maness Good Samaritan Scholarship Fund, Inc., and on the national advisory board of the Children's Tumor Foundation Endurance Team.
In his spare time, he has completed marathons and triathlons, and enjoys camping, hiking and travel with his wife.