was the first plaintiffs' personal injury plaintiffs' specialty law firm in Atlanta. The firm's founders -- Inslee Johnson (1911-1996) and Cullen Ward (1921-1979) -- were among the founders of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.
Firm members have served as presidents of the State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta Bar Association, and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and have had leadership roles in the American Association for Justice. Firm "alumni" have served as judges of Fulton County Superior Court and the Georgia Court of Appeals.
The current personal injury and wrongful death litigation team includes:
Kenneth L. Shigley.
Past President, State Bar of Georgia. Lead author, Georgia Law of Torts: Trial Preparation & Practice (2010-2021 editions).
First Georgia lawyer to earn three board certifications from the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Past chair, Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia. "Tradition of Excellence Award" from State Bar of Georgia General Practice & Trial Section. Past chair, American Association for Justice Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway & Premises Liability Section. Included in Georgia Super Lawyers, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers,
William C. Lanham
. Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyer. Fellow, International Society of Barristers. Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Included in Best Lawyers in America and Georgia Super Lawyers. Mr. Lanham is a trial attorney with nearly a half century of experience specializing in professional negligence, wrongful death, aviation, railroad, product liability and related plaintiffs’ tort litigation. During the Vietnam War, he was an Army JAG officer assigned to represent two defendants in the infamous My Lai Massacre case.
Clark H. McGehee.
Georgia Super Lawyer, "Top 100 Trial Lawyers." He has written and lectured extensively in all aspects of civil litigation. More than four decades' experience as a trial attorney specializing in all aspects of personal injury/wrongful death civil litigation, including automotive/trucking, aviation, railroad, product liability, medical/professional negligence, highway design, architectural/engineering negligence and related Plaintiffs’ tort litigation.
John W. Adkins.
Trial attorney specializing in personal injury, wrongful death, auto insurance, premises liability claims, dangerous and defective products, medical malpractice cases.
Ed G. Stone.
Trial attorney specializing in personal injury, wrongful death, auto insurance, premises liability claims, dangerous and defective products, medical malpractice and workers compensation cases.
is a graduate of Furman University and Emory University School of Law, where he was a Moot Court Special Team Member and Coach. Mr. Farmer was an insurance defense lawyer at a prominent firm in Atlanta for many years where he was a partner. Since 2003, Mr. Farmer’s practice has been strictly limited to serious personal injury and wrongful death actions. He has tried dozens of personal injury cases. He was a partner at Davis, Zipperman, Kirschenbaum & Lotito, LLP before accepting a partnership offer at Johnson & Ward, LLC. Mr. Farmer has spoken and presented written publications at a variety of Continuing Legal Education Seminars. He is a graduate of the world renowned Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer’s College, an honor bestowed on a small fraction of the country’s finest trial lawyers. He has been an Atlanta Magazine Georgia Superlawyer for over 10 years ( www.SuperLawyers.com ). He is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum having met the stringent qualifications for such distinction. Memberships: Atlanta Bar Association; the State Bar of Georgia; the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association; as well as the American Association of Justice.
Other firm members include:
William D. DeGolian.
Past president, Atlanta Bar Association. Wide-ranging civil litigation practice. Also practices separately in Washington, Georgia, where he serves as mayor.
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