Attorney Referrals

For 25 years, most of our great cases have come by referral from other lawyers, both in Georgia and across North America.

Georgia attorneys who are preeminent in bankruptcy, real estate, securities, probate or corporate law readily acknowledge when they need to refer a client to a lawyer who specializes in tort law. Similarly, we refer matters outside the scope of practice to experts in those specialties.

Often Georgia attorneys refer to us cases that do not fit their practices. Attorneys in large corporate law firms outsource to us the handling of plaintiffs’ personal injury cases that their firms do not handle. 

Attorneys in other states and in Canada  frequently refer to us their clients who have catastrophic injury or wrongful death cases in Georgia.

Georgia Rule of Professional Conduct 1.5(e) recognizes that clients are best served when lawyers can bring in other attorneys with needed areas of expertise, and still share in the responsibility and the fees. It provides:

(e) A division of a fee between lawyers who are not in the same firm may be made only if:

  1. the division is in proportion to the services performed by each lawyer or, by written agreement with the client, each lawyer assumes joint responsibility for the representation;
  2. the client is advised of the share that each lawyer is to receive and does not object to the participation of all the lawyers involved; and
  3. the total fee is reasonable.

Fully complying with this rule and documenting the client's consent to an appropriate allocation of fees and responsibility between counsel, we generously share fees with referring attorneys.

We work closely with referring lawyers, who may have as much or as little involvement as they wish. A lawyer who practices in another state or another area of law may net a greater fee than if they had done all the work themselves.

But the main thing is that a referring lawyer can know that the client is in good hands.

Professional reputation is a key to your comfort level in entrusting your client to another lawyer. You may tell your clients about Ken Shigley is the only Georgia lawyer who combines these credentials:

  • President, State Bar of Georgia (2011-12)
  • Chair, American Association for Justice Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Section (2015-16)
  • Included in "short list" of nominees submitted to the Governor for appointment to the Georgia Court of Appeals by the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission  (2012).
  • Lead author, Georgia Law of Torts: Trial Preparation & Practice(Thomson Reuters West, 2010-15)
  • One of only 18 Georgia lawyers who have earned double board certification in Civil Trial Advocacy and Civil Pretrial Advocacy with the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification.
  • "AV Preeminent" Martindale rating (1988-present)
  • "Super Lawyer" (Atlanta Magazine); "Legal Elite" (Georgia Trend); "Who's Who in Law" (Atlanta Business Chronicle)
  • Chair, Board of Trustees, Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia (2012-13)
  • Gubernatorial appointee to Criminal Justice Reform Council (2012-13)
  • Trustee, Institute for Continuing Judicial Education in Georgia (2013-14)
  • Georgia Delegate, American Bar Association House of Delegates (2013)
  • Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism (2012-13)
  • Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution (2012-13)
  • Chair, Southeastern Motor Carrier Liability Institute (2005)
  • Chair, Georgia Insurance Law Institute (1994)

To discuss a possible case referral, call Ken Shigley at 404-253-7862 (Atlanta)

Trucking accident spoliation letter Shigley & Hadden, Georgia Law of Torts: Trial Practice and Preparation Chapter 1. A 4,000-Year Perspective on Tort Law - Early Beginnings Chapter 1. A 4,000 Year Perspective on Tort Law - Greek Influences Chapter 1. A 4,000 Year Perspective on Tort Law - Roman Law Chapter 1. A 4,000 Year Perspective on Tort Law - Development of Common Law Chapter 1. A 4,000 Year Perspective on Tort Law - Modern Times Chapter 4. Ethics & Professionalism - Guides for Hard Choices Chapter 4. Ethics & Professionalism - Competence, referrals, and specialization Chapter 4. Ethics & Professionalism - Client expenses Chapter 4. Ethics & Professionalism - Client under disability Chapter 4. Ethics & Professionalism - Conflicts and disqualification Chapter 4. Ethics & Professionalism - Trust Accounts Chapter 4. Ethics & Professionalism - Marketing and advertising Chapter 4. Ethics & Professionalism - Communications with represented persons Chapter 4. Ethics & Professionalism - Communications with unrepresented persons Chapter 4. Ethics & Professionalism - Multijurisdictional practice Chapter 2. Ethics & Professionalism - Insurance Defense Practice - Tripartite relationship Chapter 2. Ethics & Professionalism - Insurance defense practice - scope & fees Chapter 4. Insurance defense practice - Outside counsel guidelines and billing audits Chapter 4. Insurance defense practice - Reservation of rights defense Chapter 4. Insurance defense practice - Consideration of insured's personal or business interests Chapter 4. Insurance defense practice - Control
Client Reviews
"Goes above and beyond and is a mountain of knowledge on spine and brain injuries. He does his research and represents you with a level of excellence. Remains a friend after representing me."
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"I have collaborated with Mr. Shigley on several initiatives within Georgia’s Judiciary over the past few years and found him to be a persistent and attentive individual. Ken has taken great pride in his involvement with the projects that I have worked on and he is good at influencing success. Despite his hectic schedule, Ken has always made time to discuss, research and review ideas for the best way to accomplish goals. I look forward to a continued working relationship in this and future roles." Jorge B., CIO, Judicial Council of Georgia
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"After having to have a hole drilled in an automobile part at a machine shop 10 years ago, I told my uncle I could have done that. My uncle replied, "You are doing this once these guys do it every day" That simply means if you don't know where to turn, get help and get an expert. Ken was that help when I was severely injured during a fatal accident. Ken and his team at Shigley Law are experts, and are here to help you during your crisis. Ken will be there during the injury, recovery, and trial. He and his firm will work hard to see that you are represented fairly!" Jeremy R.
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"Ken is a very kind man. He has a wealth of knowledge and is going above and beyond to help us while representing our case." Candy F., spouse of catastrophic injury client, Plains, GA
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"I know Ken as trial lawyer of highest standards. Ken is knowledgeable and innovative and that translates to success in the courtroom. He is outgoing, compassionate and personable which makes him a pleasure to work with in any setting." Eric B., Attorney, Canton, GA
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