The diversity of Ken Shigley’s career trajectory places him in the ideal role to serve on the Court of Appeals. With significant practice in many sectors of law – from criminal to business to insurance defense, civil litigation, plaintiffs practice and beyond, Mr. Shigley has what it takes to be an experienced and impartial judge, with perspective to see cases from every viewpoint with a healthy dose of both familiarity and impartiality.
Mr. Shigley has served in numerous professional leadership roles including the following:
- President, State Bar of Georgia (2011-12). The State Bar includes over 45,000 attorneys and judges licensed in Georgia. The State Bar presidency was a virtually full-time volunteer commitment for a year while still practicing law full-time. It involved 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 Atlanta, Savannah and Tifton. Completion of that cycle of service provides a “45,000 foot perspective” on the legal system in Georgia.
- Chair, Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia Board of Trustees (2012-13). ICLE sponsors hundreds of continuing education seminars for lawyers in Georgia every year.
- In 2012, the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission included Mr. Shigley in the “short list” of nominees submitted to the Governor to consider for appointment to the Court of Appeals of Georgia.
- 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
- Lead author of Georgia Law of Torts: Trial Preparation & Practice (Thomson Reuters, 2010-17), which was quoted as an authority by the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals of Georgia.
- Diplomate of National College of Advocacy, based on 400 hours of high level national continuing legal education in trial advocacy
- Chapter author for the 2016 edition of Handling Motor Vehicle Accident Cases, also published by Thomson Reuters.
- “AV” (highest) rating in the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory (since 1989)
- “Super Lawyer” rating in Atlanta Magazine (since inception in 2004)
- “Legal Elite” ranking in Georgia Trend magazine (since inception in 2005)
- “Who’s Who in Law” listing in Atlanta Business Chronicle
- Listed in the Bar Register or Preeminent Lawyers (since 1995)
- Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys Board of Regents
- Board member of the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group.
- Chair of the board of trustees of the Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia (2012-13); Trustee (2007-present)
- Trustee of the Institute for Continuing Judicial Education in Georgia (2013-14).
- Member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates (2013).
- Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform, appointed by Governor Nathan Deal (2011-13).
- Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency (2012-13)
- Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism (2011-12).
- Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution (2011-12).
- Georgia Courts Automation Commission (2008-10)
- Judicial Council of Georgia Standing Committee on Technology(2015-present).
- National Conference of Bar Presidents (2010-13).
- Southern Conference of Bar Presidents (2010-13).
- Chair, State Bar of Georgia Tort & Insurance Practice Section (1994-95).
- Chair, Georgia Insurance Law Institute (1994)
Mr. Shigley has published numerous articles in legal journals and made scores of continuing legal education presentations at both state and national levels. Among other places outside Georgia, he has been a presenter, program chair or moderator at continuing legal education programs in his practice area in Montreal, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boca Raton, Las Vegas, Nashville.
Often on the leading edge of 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. He led efforts in the State Bar to promote a statewide system of electronic court filing which is finally coming to fruition.