Monthly Archives: July 2016

Venue options broaden for Georgia State Tort Claims cases

When younger lawyers ask me for advice on their cases, among my first questions are, “What is the venue?” and “Who is the judge?”   Often the response is, “Uh, I’ll get back to you.”
Facts and law are vitally important. But the identity of the decision makers – judge and jury – are crucial too. While … Continue Reading

Virtuous Lawyer Is Not an Oxymoron

Versions of this article were published by Ken Shigley as a president’s column in the Georgia Bar Journal (August 2011) and as the chairman’s column in the American Association for Justice Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway & Premises Liability Section Newsletter (Spring 2016).

 
James[1] had great unrealized potential. Son of a minister in another Southern state, he … Continue Reading

A Lawyer’s Calling

A lawyer’s calling
Learn to do right; seek justice.
Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
plead the case of the widow.
– Isaiah 1:17
It was a Sunday in December 1971, at my grandparents’ home in Mentone, Alabama, halfway down the hundred-mile-long plateau from Chattanooga to Gadsden that is Lookout Mountain. Within a … Continue Reading

A foolproof way to avoid leaving a child in a hot car

Only a monstrous parent would intentionally leave a child in a hot car for hours to suffer and die. While that is the allegation in a pending murder case in Georgia, even if proven true it would be aberrational.
But every summer we hear of a rash of incidents in which a distracted, multitasking parents, usually … Continue Reading

What is mediation and why do judges insist upon it?

Having served as the neutral mediator in hundreds of cases as well as the advocate for clients in hundreds of other mediations, I have come to see both the strengths and weaknesses of this method of settling personal injury and wrongful death cases.
Judges love to refer cases for mediation because every case that settles is … Continue Reading