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Ken Shigley is president of the State Bar of Georgia for 2011-12. He represents plaintiffs in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases statewide in Georgia, and in other states only when that can be done in compliance with the multijurisdictional practice and pro hac vice rules in each state. He is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and has been designated as a “SuperLawyer” in Atlanta Magazine and one of the “Legal Elite” in Georgia Trend Magazine.