Shiver Hamilton LLC

Georgia Personal Injury Trial Specialists

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Firm Overview

We created this Firm to help individuals facing a life-changing injury, death or business loss due to another's fault or negligence. We are trial lawyers: ready, willing and able to prepare and try our client's case to a jury, if that is what it takes to achieve a full and fair outcome for our client.

Two guiding principles drive everything we do:

-Treat every client like a family member. We bring compassion and zeal to every assignment we take. We stand up for your rights, dedicating whatever resources are necessary to make sure you are treated fairly and that justice is done. We care about more than just the technical, legal outcome. We listen to our client's stories and problems and make them our own, counseling those who entrust their case to us across the range of problems and questions they face.
-Prepare every case for trial. Most cases settle before trial. However, if your lawyer isn't ready to go to trial - as proven by his or her record of success at trial - you are in trouble. The reason is simple: If your lawyer cannot take your case to trial, you have to take whatever the insurance company offers. Without a proven trial lawyer in your corner, you will not get full value for your case. Far too many lawyers settle their client's claims for "pennies on the dollar," when a properly prepared case, by a capable trial lawyer, could achieve a much better result.
Our track record of results shows insurance companies and corporate defendants that we will not accept less than full and fair justice for our clients. Click here to see our recent results. We believe the only way to achieve the best outcome is to prepare every case for trial. Preparing the case for trial is the only way to consistently achieve excellent outcomes in our business.

Shiver Hamilton has represented clients and tried cases throughout Georgia and in numerous other states. We represent clients all over the metropolitan community of Atlanta, including Fulton, Dekalb, Cobb, Clayton, and Gwinnett counties, and across the greater state of Georgia, including Columbus (Ga), Macon, Albany, Tifton, Valdosta, Dalton, Newnan, Cartersville, Covington, Albany (Ga), Athens, Augusta, Brunswick, Statesboro, Savannah, Waycross, Nashville (Ga), Ashburn and other communities throughout Georgia.

Our Firm's experience includes the following cases:

-Sexual Assault Victim Compensation (premise liability/day care negligence)
-Automobile collisions
-Automobile product liability
-Trucking/tractor trailer wrecks
-Bicycle wrecks
-Business torts
-Breach of contract
-Breach of Fiduciary Duty
-Motorcycle wrecks
-Falling merchandise injuries
-Elevator/escalator injuries
-Log truck accidents
-Mis-filled prescriptions
-Medical malpractice
-Nursing home abuse
-Drowning accidents
-Spinal cord injuries, paralysis, paraplegia and quadriplegia
-Brain injuries
-Premises liability
-Apartment shootings/assaults
-Mall assaults
-Slip and fall injuries
-Whistleblower claims
-Wrongful death

FREE CONSULTATION GUARANTEE: Even if we do not accept your case and even if you cannot pay us, we will provide a free consultation. If we take your case, you still pay no legal fees unless and until you recover. Shiver Hamilton only takes a select number of cases per year. We do that to focus on thorough preparation of each case for trial and aggressive pursuit of justice for each of our clients.

At Shiver Hamilton you will never feel like a number or a file on a shelf. If we represent you or your loved one, you have trusted us with one of your most important assets. We take your trust seriously. That is how we differ from 99% of other firms. We answer your calls, we return your emails, and we listen to your concerns.

Most of our clients have never needed to hire a lawyer and need someone to patiently explain the process, answer questions and keep them informed, regularly, on the progress of their case. We believe that our job is to work for you aggressively and ethically in order to maximize the value of your case. If you would like to learn more about our firm, or the type of cases we handle, call (404) 593-0020 to speak directly with an attorney. Or, complete the form on the right side of this page to schedule a free consultation.
Main Office

Main Office
3350 Peachtree St
Suite 1120
Atlanta  GA  30326

Phone
  • (404) 593-0020
Auto Accident
Car Accident Attorney
Many lawyers handle car accident cases, but only a car accident attorney has the experience to win full justice for a car accident victim. If another motorist violates a rule of the road or is careless and causes injury in an accident, the injured victim has a legal claim against the at fault driver's insurance company. Our approach to each client and to his/her case sets us apart. To maximize the value of serious car accident cases, we dedicate whatever resources are necessary.

We routinely consult with law enforcement officers, physicians, accident reconstruction experts, rehabilitation planners, and other specialists who can help us prepare the case and maximize the client's settlement or trial verdict. We interview key witnesses, gather the necessary evidence, study the applicable law, and patiently explain the process to our clients.

We are not a "volume practice," taking on dozens and dozens of small cases. Instead, we focus our attention and resources on serious injury cases, to give each client the best chance for a great result.

Alan Hamilton

Alan Hamilton focuses his law practice on significant personal injury cases, wrongful death, and business torts. Alan has helped numerous clients obtain seven- and eight-figure verdicts and settlements during his career. He has represented individuals and appeared before courts in ten different states. Prior to co-founding Shiver Hamilton, LLC, Alan practiced with a nationally recognized trial firm and served as a federal judicial law clerk. Since founding the firm in 2011, Alan and Jeff have obtained a series of jury verdicts far exceeding the insurance company's best offer.

Alan has been recognized as "Legal Elite" by Georgia Trend Magazine, and as a "Super Lawyer" by Atlanta Magazine. Alan holds an "AV-Preeminent" peer-review rating from Martindale-Hubbell Lexis-Nexis, which is the highest rating available. Alan has also been named to "Top 40 under 40"by the National Trial Lawyers Association and by the American Society of Legal Advocates.

Alan decided early on to dedicate his career to representing injured victims of negligence and corporate wrongdoing, turning down multiple job offers from corporate defense law firms to pursue a law practice representing plaintiffs.

Alan's practice and experience covers a wide range of catastrophic injury cases, including automobile wrecks, business torts, product liability, tractor-trailer and log truck cases, dram shop (alcohol) liability, commercial vehicle cases, road defect cases, workplace injuries, premises liability/negligent security, wrongful death and professional malpractice. He has tried numerous cases to verdict and successfully represented clients in appellate courts in Georgia and other states.

Alan is involved in numerous bar and pro bono legal organizations. He served for several years as a campaign coordinator raising funds for non-profit legal aid organizations through the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation. Alan is also a member of Buckhead Church, where he serves as a community group leader. Alan and his wife, Morgan Henritze Hamilton, live in Atlanta with their three sons.

BAR ADMISSIONS
-Georgia
-Georgia Court of Appeals
-Supreme Court of Georgia
-United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
-U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
-U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia
-Pro Hac Vice Admissions have included AL, AK, FL, MD, NV, NY, SC, TN and VA

EDUCATION
-University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia
Juris Doctor, Magna Cum LaudeHonors:
Order of the Coif
Order of Barristers
Pupil, Joseph Henry Lumpkin Inn of Court
Best Oralist, Talmadge Moot Court Competition
Best Brief & National Finalist, Prince Evidence Competition Brooklyn Law School
Region Champion and Best Brief, The National Moot Court Competition
Law School Alumni Association Scholarship
-Auburn University
B.S.B.A.
Major: Accounting

HONORS AND AWARDS
-Super Lawyer 2014
-Super Lawyers Georgia Rising Stars; 2007, 2009 & 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013. (There was no Rising Stars publication in 2008)
-Georgia's Legal Elite; 2012
-Top 40 under 40; 2013
-Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Georgia by The National Trial Lawyers: 2013-2014
-AV rating is continuous

REPRESENTATIVE CASES
-A&G Trucking, Inc. v. Pitts, 306 Ga. App. 718, 703 S.E.2d 134 (2010) (affirming $ 5.47 million jury verdict)
-Estate of Pitts v. City of Atlanta, 312 Ga. App. 599 (2011)
-Flores v. Exprezit! Stores, 289 Ga. 466 (2011) (amicus curiae for Ga. Trial Lawyers Association) (holding that convenience stores are subject to Georgia
Education
  • University of Georgia School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Jeff Shiver

Repeatedly named one of Georgia's "Legal Elite" by Georgia Trend magazine, Jeff Shiver is regarded as one of the state's best young lawyers. Jeff was selected by The Fulton County Daily Report as one of 13 lawyers under 40 "On the Rise" in 2011, has been elected as a Top 40 under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers and was recently selected as as Top 40 under 40 Litigation lawyers in the State of Georgia by The American Society of Legal Advocates.

Jeff's practice is limited to serious personal injury cases of all types. For over a decade before co-founding Shiver Hamilton, Jeff trained under some of the state's best trial attorneys. From the moment he decided to become a lawyer, Jeff knew he wanted to become a personal injury specialist and carefully tailored his education and professional experience to learn how to effectively represent plaintiffs.

Even before law school, Jeff served as an apprentice to some of the most respected trial lawyers at that time helping prepare cases for trial and learning how to represent plaintiffs in the trenches. Jeff continued to learn his trade during law school, trying cases and prosecuting criminals in Newton and Jackson County.

After law school, Jeff began his career working for one of Atlanta's premier insurance defense firms, defending doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, and auto manufacturers at trial. Jeff learned how to try cases before juries and learned what motivates insurance companies to offer fair compensation.

In 2007 Jeff was recruited by a firm that specializes in representing plaintiffs. During that time he tried or settled dozens of cases that resolved for over a million dollars including cases in Atlanta, middle Georgia and south Georgia.

Jeff's practice includes automobile accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, product liability and professional malpractice. Jeff has tried numerous cases to verdict and represented clients in the Supreme Court of Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and Georgia Federal Courts.

Jeff has been recognized as one of the top young lawyers in Georgia and named a Georgia Rising Star by Atlanta Magazine and the Super Lawyers publication in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 (there was no Rising Stars publication in 2008). Only 2.5% of the total lawyers in Georgia are selected as a Rising Star. In 2013 he was recognized as a Super Lawyer by Atlanta Magazine.

Jeff also volunteers with the Atlanta Volunteer Legal Foundation pursuant to a pro bono program and is a member of Peachtree Presbyterian Church.

AREAS OF PRACTICE
-Automobile collisions
-Trucking/tractor trailer wrecks
-Bicycle wrecks
-Motorcycle wrecks
-Falling merchandise injuries
-Elevator/escalator injuries
-Mis-filled prescriptions
-Nursing home abuse
-Drowning accidents
-Spinal cord injuries
-Brain injuries
-Premises liability
-Apartment shootings/assaults
-Mall assaults
-Slip and fall injuries

BAR ADMISSIONS
-Georgia
-Georgia Court of Appeals
-Supreme Court of Georgia
-U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
-U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia

EDUCATION
-University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia
Juris Doctor (Cum Laude)
-University of Georgia
B.B.A.
Major: Insurance

HONORS AND AWARDS
-Super Lawyer (2013)
-Super Lawyers Georgia Rising Stars; 2007, 2009 & 2010, 2011 and 2012. (There was no Rising Stars publication in 2008)
Georgia's Legal Elite; 2011, 2012 & 2013
"On the Rise" Recipient (one of 13 lawyers under 40 chosen by Fulton County Daily Report (2011)
-Top 40 under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers
-Top 40 under 40 Litigation lawyers in the State of Georgia by The American Society of Legal Advocates.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
-State Bar of Georgia Member
-American Bar Association Member
-Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Member
-Joseph Henry Lumpkin Inn of Court Barrister
-Atlanta Bar Association Member
-Co-Chair- GTLA, New Lawyer's Division, Outreach Committee

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
-Effective Trial Techniques, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA) Annual Seminar, Atlanta, Georgia, April 2009;
-Trial Techniques, Moderator of panel discussion, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA) Fall Workshop, Savannah, Georgia, October 2009;
-Demonstrative Evidence, Trial Advocacy Seminar, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia (ICLE), December 2007;
-Discovery and Trial Tactics in Personal Injury Cases, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia (ICLE), March 2011;
-Discovery and Trial Tactics in Cases Against Trucking Companies, -Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia (ICLE), March 2011;
-Premises Liability, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA) Annual Seminar, Atlanta, Georgia, May 2011;
-Presenting Damages in Rural Venues, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA) Fall Workshop, Savannah, Georgia, October 2011;
Education
  • University of Georgia School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Scott Campbell

Scott began his legal career defending large corporations and insurance companies in significant personal injury cases across the country while working for one of the biggest and most respected law firms in the world. As a defense lawyer, Scott tried numerous cases involving millions of dollars in damages. Scott quickly developed a reputation as a skilled trial lawyer. Scott's initial work for insurance companies and corporations gave him an intimate knowledge of how defense lawyers, corporations, and insurance companies value, position, and defend cases.

Scott always wanted to apply his legal skills to help injured individuals and their families. Scott's genuine desire to help seriously injured individuals is what drove him to join Shiver Hamilton. Scott views his job as a lawyer representing individuals as much more than simply their advocate. Scott believes as the lawyer for a seriously injured individual or the family of a deceased that he has a duty to not only offer zealous advocacy, but also to provide compassionate counseling and reasoned guidance in areas that extend beyond any one case.

Scott has been recognized as one of the top young lawyers in Georgia and named a Georgia Rising Star by Atlanta Magazine and the Super Lawyers publication. Only 2.5% of the total lawyers in Georgia are selected as a Rising Star.

Scott was born and raised in the Atlanta and continues to call Atlanta home. Scott, his wife Shannon, and their two daughters are members at Northside United Methodist Church. Scott serves on the Board of Directors Advisory Committee for the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, one of the oldest and leading providers of civil legal services for Atlanta's indigent community.

BAR ADMISSIONS
-Georgia
-Georgia Court of Appeals
-Supreme Court of Georgia
-U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia

EDUCATION
-Emory University School of Law
-Juris Doctor
-University of Georgia
-B.A., Cum Laude
-Major: Political Science & Speech Communications

HONORS AND AWARDS
-Super Lawyers Georgia Rising Stars; 2010, 2013 & 2014
-Georgia's Legal Elite; 2013

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
-State Bar of Georgia
-American Bar Association
-Atlanta Bar Association
Education
  • Emory University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Joel Williams

Joel is consistently recognized as one of the best young trial lawyers in Georgia. During law school, Joel developed his trial skills prosecuting criminals in Jefferson County, Alabama. After law school, Joel worked for other firms that specialize in representing Plaintiffs where he served as lead trial counsel in personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout the State of Georgia. The verdicts and settlements Joel helped obtain during that time exceed 25 million dollars.

Over the past few years, Joel has written several articles and spoken at numerous seminars helping other lawyers develop their trial skills. He has also been recognized as a Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star.

Joel has his own firm, Joel Williams Law, LLC, and serves in an of counsel capacity to Shiver Hamilton. His practice includes trucking wrecks, automobile wrecks, motorcycle wrecks, wrongful death, negligent security, premises liability, product liability, professional malpractice, fraud, breach of contract, and bad faith insurance cases.

Joel was born and raised in Early County, Georgia and has a unique ability to relate to juries in and outside metropolitan areas. He is frequently contacted by attorneys seeking his expertise in trying cases in rural Georgia.

AREAS OF PRACTICE
-Automobile Collisions
-Trucking/Tractor-Trailer wrecks
-Motorcycle wrecks
-Bicycle wrecks
-Daycare injuries
-Apartment premises liability/negligent security cases
-Hotel premises liability/negligent security cases
-Nursing home abuse
-Electric Burn & Electrocution cases
-Slip and falls
-Professional Negligence
-Product liability
-Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
-Burns
-Sexual Assaults
-Breach of Contract
-Fraud
-Bad Faith Insurance

BAR ADMISSIONS
-Georgia
-Alabama
-Georgia Court of Appeals
-Supreme Court of Georgia
-U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
-U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia

EDUCATION
-J.D. - Cumberland School of Law with a Certificate in Trial Advocacy
-B.S. - Georgia Southwestern State University

HONORS AND AWARDS
-Super Lawyers Georgia Rising Stars; 2013 & 2014
-Judge Abraham Caruthers Fellow; 2006

SIGNIFICANT CASE RESULTS
-DePaola v. Nissan North America, et. al. - $13.8 Million Jury Verdict
-Integral member of trial team in 4 week trial
-Middle District of Alabama
Education
  • Cumberland School of Law with a Certificate in Trial Advocacy
    Juris Doctorate

Mary Ellen Lighthiser

Dedicated and tenacious, Mary Ellen's unique legal experiences and education make her a skilled attorney who is eager to fight for justice for her clients. While in law school, Mary Ellen was frequently recognized for her excellence in legal writing, research, and analysis, earning a number of awards for high achievement in her classes, serving as an executive board member of the Law Review, and graduating magna cum laude. Through her involvement with the HeLP Legal Services Clinic, she fought to obtain SSI disability benefits for children of low-income families who were receiving treatment at the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. She also completed an externship at the Georgia Court of Appeals, where she gained valuable insight into the skills and strategies that earn success in the state judiciary. Following law school, Mary Ellen represented insurance companies and municipalities in policy coverage and civil rights disputes, affording her a special understanding of defendants' motivations and defenses.

Mary Ellen grew up in Cartersville Georgia. She, her husband, and their son now live in Atlanta and are members of Northside United Methodist Church.

BAR ADMISSIONS
-Georgia
-U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia

EDUCATION
-Georgia State University
-J.D., Magna Cum Laude

University of Georgia
-B.A., English, Cum Laude
Education
  • Georgia State University
    Juris Doctorate
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