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Firm Profile

Established in 1949,  Johnson & Ward 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. 

Christopher Farmer 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 ( ). 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. DeGolianPast president, Atlanta Bar Association. Wide-ranging civil litigation practice. Also practices separately in Washington, Georgia, where he serves as mayor.

Baxter T. Jones. Practice specialized in trademark and copyright law.

Stanley E. Kreimer. More than 40 years broad civil litigation experience.

Johnson & Ward, LLC is an Association of Individuals, Limited Liability Companies and Professional Corporations.

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." Dee M., Woodstock, GA
"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
"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.
"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
"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