Governor Perdue has appointed Fulton State Court Judge Henry Newkirk to succeed Judge Stephanie Manis in Superior Court.  As an Atlanta attorney familiar with the quality of his work, I think It’s a great appointment.

I first met Judge Newkirk at Furman in about 1971 when he was a freshman and I was a junior. He transferred to Florida State, became a homicide detective, moved to Atlanta, went to law school, became an Assistant District Attorney, and roughly a decade ago became a State Court Judge.  He is of course well qualified to handle the heavy felony caseload in Superior Court. He has also handled some of the most complex civil litigation in State Court.

He succeeds Judge Stephanie Manis, who was one of my classmates in law school at Emory. She has taken Senior Judge status, and is doing a lot of judicial mediations at the courthouse.

Congratulations to two old friends who have distinguished themselves as judges.

The Shigley Law Firm  represents plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases statewide in Georgia, and in other states subject to the multijurisdictional practice and pro hac vice rules in each state. Ken Shigley was designated as a “SuperLawyer” in Atlanta Magazine and one of the “Legal Elite” in Georgia Trend Magazine. He is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Chair of the Southeastern Motor Carrier Liability Institute and former chair of the Georgia Insurance Law Institute. He particularly focuses on cases arising from truck and bus accidents (tractor trailers truck wrecks, semi truck wrecks,18 wheeler truck wrecks, big rig truck wrecks, log truck wrecks, dump truck wrecks, and buses.).