Ken Shigley is a seventh generation Georgian and past president (2011-12) of the State Bar of Georgia, which includes all attorneys and judges licensed in Georgia. He also recently concluded a term as chair of the board of trustees of the Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia.
Upon conclusion of his term as State Bar president in 2012, the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission included him in a "short list" of nominees submitted to the Governor to consider for appointment to the Georgia Court of Appeals, though ultimately candidates young enough to serve 25 to 37 years before retirement age were chosen.
Mr. Shigley is one of only 18 Georgia lawyers who have earned double board certification in Civil Trial Advocacy and Civil Pretrial Advocacy from the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification. Peer review ratings include an “AV” (highest) rating in the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory, “Super Lawyer” rating in Atlanta Magazine, “Legal Elite” ranking in Georgia Trend magazine, “Who’s Who in Law” listing in Atlanta Business Chronicle, and inclusion in the Bar Register or Preeminent Lawyers.
In addition, he is the lead author of Georgia Law of Torts: Trial Preparation & Practice (Thomson Reuters West, 2010-13).
In the American Association for Justice, he is currently secretary of the Motor Vehicle, Highway & Premises Liability Section and a board member of the Trucking Litigation Group.
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Mr. Shigley began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in a four county circuit, then spent several years in small town general practice and a decade in an insurance defense law firm in Atlanta. Since 1990, he has focused on plaintiffs’ personal injury and wrongful death cases, insurance coverage disputes, and occasional service as a mediator or arbitrator.
A graduate of Furman University and Emory University Law School, he also completed the the "Ultimate Trial Advocacy" course at Harvard Law School and an executive education program at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
In conjunction with his service to the State Bar of Georgia, Mr. Shigley served on the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform by appointment of Governor Nathan Deal, Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency, Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism, Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution, Georgia Courts Automation Commission, National Conference of Bar Presidents and Southern Conference of Bar Presidents.
Currently he is a trustee of the Institute for Continuing Judicial Education in Georgia and has one more meeting as a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates .
Ken and Sally Shigley are proud of their two young adult children, Anne Shigley Noble, a graduate student and triathlete married to a telecommunications network engineer and triathlete in Rochester, NY, and Ken Shigley, Jr., an Eagle Scout, former college football player and aspiring golf pro in Atlanta.
Mr. Shigley has served as an elder at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, assistant scoutmaster of Boy Scout troop where his son became an Eagle Scout, YMCA youth soccer coach, board chair of church-based (now independent) child development center, board member of Lifegate Christian counseling center, secretary of the Bill Maness Good Samaritan Scholarship Fund, Inc., and on the national advisory board of the Children's Tumor Foundation Endurance Team.