So often in my law practice, representing ordinary people who have suffered tragic losses due to someone else’s carelessness, I have to contend with the arrogance of defense lawyers and corporate functionaries who view humble working people as most of us would view gum stuck to the sole of a shoe.  As a "redneck lawyer" come to town, I have a somewhat different view of the worth and potential of ordinary folks.

Therefore, I take great delight in sharing this video of a lumpy Welsh cell phone salesman with bad teeth surprising the judges and the crowd in a British version of "American Idol."  (Thanks to my friend Jim Long for bringing it to my attention.)

Sometimes a cell phone salesman can come out of nowhere to sing opera that moves the audience to tears.

Sometimes a backwoods hick lawyer like Abe Lincoln can lead a nation through its time of greatest peril and become an enduring icon of democracy.

Sometimes an humble housewife on the brink of poverty, like Susanna Wesley, can raise children who move the hearts of millions and whose followers lead earthshaking movements of social reform.

Sometimes a lump of coal can become a diamond.

And the arrogance of snobs and plutocrats, of any time and place, doesn’t change that.


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 wrecks and accidents (tractor trailers truck wrecks, semi truck wrecks,18 wheeler truck wrecks, big rig truck wrecks, log truck wrecks, dump truck wrecks.