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It's Personal

This isn’t just a job for me, it’s personal. I grew up seeing the effects of a catastrophic injury in my own family. My maternal grandfather was a bright young man who as a newlywed moved from rural Alabama to Tuscaloosa where he was a school teacher out in the county while working towards his degree at the University of Alabama. In his twenties, he had a very serious brain injury in an accident and spent over a year in the hospital back before they really had brain injury rehab as we know it today. He was never really right mentally after that. Very eccentric. No more teaching school, no more going to the university. He did manual labor at a veneer mill and raised a big garden. He walked around town dressed as a beggar with a rope for a belt half the time. He was incontinent at night for sixty years. Grandma became the head of the household in the 1920s. She ran a little one room grocery store out of the side of their tiny mill village house all through the depression she took in boarders and raised their kids as best she could. She lived in poverty and they never owned a car. His children and grandchildren viewed him as a distant and peculiar presence all of his life. There was still some high intelligence lurking behind that brain damaged exterior but few people could ever detect it. He got no respect. The entire time I was growing up I saw the effects of his brain injury on him and on three generations of our family. Now every time I am asked to represent somebody with a catastrophic injury, I think of grandpa. Personally, I have had serious back and burn injuries that required surgery and rehab. I was blessed with excellent outcomes, I have no true impairment now. But I know a lot of people are nowhere near as fortunate as I was. I know from experience what real pain is like and can empathize and communicate that. I’ve also spent weeks as a caregiver for family members far from home and back home afterward so I know what that family caregiver goes through as well. So you see, this isn’t just a job for me, it’s personal.

On May 22, 2018, former State Bar of Georgia president Ken Shigley will be a candidate for election to the Georgia Court of Appeals. The only other candidate is Ken Hodges, a former Dougherty County District Attorney. Ken Hodges was the Democratic Party nominee for Attorney General in 2010.

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