Yesterday afternoon, I was surprised by a request for permission to publish a paper I presented at a trucking litigation continuing legal education program in San Francisco last July. It  will appear in Trial magazine in February 2010. The topic is "Hard Times in Trucking Litigation: What To Do When the Trucking Company Goes Under."  It’s not a pleasant topic, but one we have to understand when representing folks who are catastrophically harmed in a crash with a truck from a financially unstable trucking company.

Meanwhile, I’m taking depositions of trucking company records custodians and safety managers around the country, trying to complete my book on Georgia Personal Injury Practice in order to get it to the publisher in the next couple of weeks, and preparing to move up another rung on the State Bar of Georgia leadership ladder.


Ken Shigley, an Atlanta attorney, is a national board member of the Interstate Trucking Litigation Group. His practice focuses on representing people who are catastrophically injured, and families of those killed, primarily in commercial trucking and bus accidents. Mr. Shigley also has extensive experience representing parties in  products liability, catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, brain injury, spinal cord injury and burn injury cases. He is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacyhas been listed as a "Super Lawyer" (Atlanta Magazine), among the "Legal Elite" (Georgia Trend Magazine), and in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (Martindale).  Currently he is treasurer, and unopposed as a candidate for president-elect, of the 41,000 member State Bar of Georgia.

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