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Claude M. Kicklighter Jr.

Criminal defense Attorney at Springfield, GA

4.8   16 reviews

also known as Mickey Kicklighter, Kicklighter Law


Licensed for 40 years

About Claude

Learn Claude’s areas of practice.

Claude M. "Mickey" Kicklighter, Jr. was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1982. Shortly after being admitted to the bar, he began working in the District Attorney's office for the Atlantic Judicial Circuit. Following his work in the District Attorney's office, he worked in Atlanta for a while where he met his beautiful wife, Kimberly. They relocated to Statesboro shortly after the birth of their second daughter. He has been located in Springfield, Georgia since 1996. Claude M. Kicklighter, Jr., P.C.'s main practice areas include family law, criminal law, personal injury actions, including automobile accidents and medical malpractice, and contracts litigation. Mr. Kicklighter is the former Public Defender for the Effingham and Bulloch County Drug Courts.

 

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Licensed for 40 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1982
Updated 11/03/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Claude

Claude M. Kicklighter, Jr., PC
412 North Laurel Street
Springfield, GA, 31329

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Denny Chapman | November 27, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Child Custody
Mickey makes things happen and I will always be thankful for removing my children immediately from a hazardous situation and helping me gain full custody of my girls my fiance Dawn has referred me to him for this case and another case that I feel he helped me tremendously with I highly recommend Mr Kicklighter. Thanks Mickey
Posted by anonymous | July 13, 2017
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Best Attorney Ever
Wow! What a great law firm. I am so glad I chose Mickey and his team. They explained everything thoroughly. They knew when I needed more explanation. They were attentive. They returned my emails and telephone calls sometimes way after business hours. Awesome insight! Awesome talent! Wonderful people! You will not be disappointed. I do not think I could have made a better choice. Glad I took my friend's advice.
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Posted by James | October 28, 2021
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Highly Recommend
Would recommend to anyone in need of legal services. Mickey and his team are well known in the community for obtaining honest and fair results as quickly as possible.
Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2020
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Great Lawyer and Staff
I am so glad my husband chose Mickey and his staff to be his lawyer for his custody case. They are friendly, down to earth, and very attentive. They were always there to answer our questions, emails, and phone calls we had. Mickey and Mandy came thoroughly prepared each time we had a court date. It was a long process but with their great diligence, we won our case!! I highly recommend Mickey and his staff for your legal needs.
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Posted by Brooke | November 11, 2020
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Excellent representation
Mickey is a great lawyer. I used him for my divorce. He is a little slow with responding sometimes but will get the job done.
Posted by Cynthia D | June 13, 2019
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Best Team In Law
When life throws you an unexpected curve and you have no idea which direction to run to, the Kicklighter Law Firm is certainly the team to get you your home run. Mickey and his team are professional, courteous and extremely efficient: the customer service speaks for itself when you walk in the door. They are truly dedicated to the fullest in getting you the justice you deserve. I highly recommend Kicklighter Law Firm for all your needs and thank them all for what they have done for me.
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Posted by Kelli | August 13, 2017
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Best Attorney
I contacted Mr Kicklighter in the spring of 2017. I needed help with my divorce, which was contested and had been drawn out for years. Mr Kicklighter and his team worked diligently and as of early August, I was divorced! He met with the ex 3 times, and on the day of court, there was no contest. We were done immediately after lunch. I would recommend and use him again!!
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Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2017
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Best Family Law Attorney
I was very pleased with his explanation of his billing practices, scope of work, and how that all tied into what I was wanting to accomplish. I explained my budget and he inquired as to my goals for ending my marriage. He pushed the case along. He was well prepared for every hearing and ultimately was successful in obtaining my desired outcome. He is great, friendly, and well versed in the area of family and the court system. I will recommend him again!
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Posted by Tricia | October 29, 2016
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Child Custody/ Adoption
I was referred Mickey Kicklighter from a life long family friend. He is the man to choose if you are looking for a down to earth, honest, bold, knowledgeable, strong spoken lawyer. He talks in the court room and he's captivated everyone's attention. While other lawyers, you can barely hear or pay attention to their rambling. He's straight to the point and knows his stuff!! But not only from a business side.. He's a wonderful Loving husband and a very involved father to his girls. All this mattered to me bc I cannot tell you how many times this man has hugged and comforted me during my emotional roller coaster! Mandy, his assistant, was like a sister to me. She gave me facts, as well as opinions and reassurance from a personal point of view. This pair can get the job done! They are the best in my book! I love them forever on, for saving my baby from awful, dangerous people. And placing his care into my wonderful husbands hands. I can't express the quality, passion, and excellence we received from Mickey and Mandy. Love you guys!
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Posted by Kathryn Dawn Payne | November 27, 2015
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DUI
Mickey is a wonderful straight-up lawyer who has helped me out in this case along with others and I will always and have referred many clients to him.
Posted by anonymous | March 19, 2014
Traffic violations / civil penalities
I spoke with Mr. Kicklighter by phone regarding a civil law issue in Savannah. His counsel was concise and very helpful in evaluating my options. I would recommend him to others and would definitely use him again if the need arose.
Posted by Tamara | January 16, 2014
This is the man you want in your corner!!
Mr. Kick lighter (Mickey), is truly a Southern Gentleman. He speaks openly, honestly and straightforward with his clients. He so far has given me and my husband the best advise we've had thus far on our case. Unlike other attorneys I've dealt with in the past he didn't just want to take our money and promise us the moon. If you want an attorney that is going to work hard for you and be honest, then Mickey is your guy. I would recommend him to my own Mother if she needed help. A+ in my book!
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Posted by anonymous | February 13, 2011
Child Custody Case
Mickey Handled my custody case when my ex-wife tried to leave the state and take my daughter many miles away. Not only did Mickey keep her from taking my daughter away, He helped me win custody of her.
Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2011
help when i thought i was done
Mr Kicklighter is one on the nicest down to eerth people i have ever met. He is a very profesional person. He help me in a time of my life when i thought ther was no help for me. I would recomend him to any one needing a lawyer.. i was charged with 2 felonies and some other offenses. mr kicklighter was able to have the charges dropped.
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Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2011
Great Personality and Very Understanding
He was able to help me get the outcome I wanted and within a resonable time frame.
Posted by anonymous | July 25, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
HORRIBLE..if I could put 0 stars I would!
Hired him for an automobile accident, were the other driver was at fault. The other driver was issued a citation while I was free to go. What should have been an open and closed case, Claude Kicklighter took months to "evaluate". After several weeks with no contact from him or his office, I set up an appointment. When we sat down to review my case, he had no clue what my case was nor did he know were my paperwork was. He ended up pulling my paperwork from a random drawer that he had it shoved in. After having to go over EVERYTHING with him again, it was like it was the first time I'd been to him. Already furious that this man I'm paying is so disorganized, he shakes my hand as I leave and asks,"Haven't we met before?" ... WOW!! From then on, I decided it would be in my best favor to call every week for an update. Of course he told me everything was under control, but there was also ALWAYS some reason why we couldn't move my case foward. By the end of it, after several months, he suddenly told me that he just wouldn't have made enough money. So basically he didn't even give me the courtesy of telling me he had no intention of pursuing my case from the beginning. Instead he just decided to let me believe he was until it was too late for me to be able to do anything about it. So to conclude my review of Claude Kicklighter, I give him zero stars for not pursuing an already won case and for his work ethic.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 100-350 per hour
  • Contingency 15%-33%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Claude M. Kicklighter, Jr., P.C. d/b/a KICKLIGHTER LAW
  • 2006 - Present
  • Partner
  • Ratchford & Kicklighter
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Owner
  • Claude M. Kicklighter, Jr.
  • 1996 - 2004
  • Associate Attorney
  • Edenfield & Cox
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Partner
  • Kicklighter & Mayer
  • 1993 - 1995
  • Owner
  • Claude M. Kicklighter, Jr.
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Parnter
  • Webb & Kicklighter
  • 1988 - 1992
  • Associate Attorney
  • Haynie, Webb & Litchfield
  • 1986 - 1988
  • Associate Attorney
  • Allen, Brown & Edenfield
  • 1984 - 1986
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Atlantic Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office
  • 1982 - 1984
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Education

  • Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • Mercer University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979

Legal Cases

  • Effingham County Board of Commissioner v. Park West Effingham, L.P.
  • Judgment affirmed.
  • Coastal Water and Sewerage Co. v. Effingham County Industrial Development Authority
  • Decided
  • 136 F.3d 756
  • The district court's denial of the Appellant's new trial motion must be and is REVERSED. The judgment is VACATED, and the case is REMANDED for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Effingham County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2010 - Present
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia: Military Legal Assistance Program
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Most Fabulous Attorney
  • Effingham Herald
  • 2020
  • Most Fabulous Law Firm
  • Effingham Herald
  • 2020
  • Best of the Best - Family Law Attorney
  • Savannah Morning News
  • 2019
  • Most Fabulous Attorney
  • Effingham Herald
  • 2019
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Solo and Small Law Firm Institute
  • Challenges of Converting a Small Law Office into a Successful Law Firm
  • 2018
  • Advanced Litigation Skills for Paralegals
  • Advanced Investigation Skills
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (1)
Endorse Claude
Family Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer because he is insightful, compassionate, and resourceful in representing g his clients. He is respectful and honest as opposing counsel - meaning that you can rely on his statements in negotiations."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Claude. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Micky for over a decade. During that time his reputation as a top litigator has only grown. When our firm needs an experienced and well connected attorney in his area he is the first one we call. I would never hesitate about referring anyone to this attorney!"
Family Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I often refer cases in Effingham to Mickey. He has always been a pleasure to work with. He always fights hard for his clients."
General practice Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I frequently refer matters in Effingham County to Mickey. He is an effective advocate for his clients and knows the community well. I have no problem endorsing him and will be happy to provide additional information on request."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Kicklighter is one of the hardest working lawyers I know. He's smart, has a broad understanding of how to put together a strong plaintiff's case, and I highly endorse his work."
General practice Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mickey is an experienced trial lawyer with an excellent reputation. He conscientiously represents his clients."
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Springfield Criminal defense Lawyer Claude M. Kicklighter Jr.
Claude M. Kicklighter Jr.
Criminal defense Attorney
Springfield, GA
Licensed for 40 years