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Kevin T. Shires

Partner

Alpharetta Main Office

p: 770-685-7081 f: 770-685-7002

Education

  • Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, J.D.
  • University of Georgia, J.D.

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Georgia
  • Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals

Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • State Bar of Alabama
  • State Bar of Kentucky
  • State Bar of Louisiana
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
  • Defense Research Institute

Kevin T. Shires was born in Dallas, Texas and raised in Richmond, Virginia. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Mr. Shires earned his Juris Doctorate from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama in 1997. Mr. Shires was admitted to the Georgia Bar and Alabama Bar in 1998 and the Louisiana Bar in 2006. Mr. Shires is admitted to practice in all of the Federal Courts in Georgia and Alabama and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to joining Lueder, Larkin & Hunter, LLC, Mr. Shires was a partner in the Atlanta office of Vernis & Bowling where he defended automobile claims, premises liability claims, commercial transportation claims, product liability claims, vertical transportation claims (elevators and escalators), fire loss claims, first party claims, and other general liability claims. Prior to his seven years with Vernis & Bowling, Mr. Shires was with a prominent law firm in Birmingham, Alabama, where he represented insurance carriers and self-insureds in F.E.L.A. railroad liability claims, automotive liability claims, commercial transportation claims, and environmental/toxic tort cases.

Mr. Shires is an active member of the Defense Research Institute and is a member of the Products Liability, Trucking and Environmental Law Committees. Mr. Shires has extensive experience in jury trials on both the state and federal levels and has authored several appeals. Mr. Shires also has an extensive trial practice in taking cases to conclusion with juries.

Mr. Shires is an active member of the prestigious Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), an inclusive, collaborative organization that promotes and furthers the highest standards of claims and litigation management, bringing together thought leaders throughout the industry.  In 2014 Mr. Shires completed CLM’s rigorous Litigation Management Institute and received his certification as a Claims Litigation Management Professional.

Mr. Shires is a member of the National Society for Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII) and handles claims related to insurance fraud including arson, vehicle theft, and other fraud related issues. This work includes the taking of Examinations Under Oath (EUO) of claimants and the defense of fraud related claims and bad faith actions.

Mr. Shires’ hobbies and interests include spending time with his wife, Amanda, and their three children, Austin, Foster and Sybil; coaching little league football and baseball; playing golf; playing video games with his two boys; and following his beloved University of Georgia Bulldogs.

In a jury trial case in April 2012, Mr. Shires tried a case in the State Court of Cobb County, Georgia on behalf of Residential Construction Specialties, Inc. The case involved a negligent installation claim of a gas fireplace in the residence of the Plaintiffs that led to a $4.1 million fire loss. Prior to trial, the last offer to the Plaintiffs was $1.2 million and the Plaintiffs' last demand was $2.7, but the jury only awarded $1.24 million to the Plaintiffs as against Residential Construction Specialties, a figure remarkably close to the final offer made more than fifteen months before the trial.

In another jury trial in January 2011, Mr. Shires obtained a zero liability defense verdict on behalf of Elevator Specialist, Inc. in a Fulton County Superior Court case wherein the Plaintiff alleged that an escalator was negligently maintained and injured her. The jury entered a verdict of $1.4 million against the co-Defendants, but assigned no fault to Elevator Specialist.

In another trial in February 2011, Mr. Shires obtained a zero liability defense verdict in favor of Ingersoll Rand Company and Club Car, Inc. in the Superior Court of Columbia County, Georgia. The Plaintiff alleged that an employee, who was having a personal conversation on his company-provided cell phone and sporadically receiving work-related texts at the time of an auto accident, was acting in the line and scope of his employment at the time of the collision. Plaintiffs' counsel asked the jury to award in excess of $2.5 million in special damages and unspecified damages for pain and suffering, but the jury entered a zero liability verdict in favor of all Defendants.

In October 2010, Mr. Shires obtained a zero liability defense verdict in favor of Pritchard Industries, Inc. in a case tried in the State Court of Fulton County, Georgia. In that case, the Plaintiffs were ejected from their motorcycle when they struck a rubber storage bin while driving on Interstate 75. The testimony and evidence showed that the bin contained the name and logo of Pritchard Industries, but liability for having placed or dropped the bin in the roadway by a Pritchard Industries agent or employee was denied. Mr. Shires argued to the jury that there was no evidence that Pritchard Industries had a vehicle from which the bin could have fallen, that Pritchard Industries has been in business for over 20 years and no longer used bins like the one in the incident, and that there was no practical or legal way to determine who left the bin in the roadway. The Plaintiffs asked for slightly less than $2 million in special damages, but the jury entered a zero liability verdict in favor of the defense.

In September 2010, Mr. Shires tried a jury trial in the U.S. Middle District of Georgia in Macon, Georgia that involved a husband and wife, as Plaintiffs, who were struck in the rear of their vehicle by an employee for North American Midway Entertainment. Liability was stipulated, but Mr. Shires skillfully focused on causation of damages since there had been a low impact collision that Mr. Shires argued could not have resulted in the substantial medical bills for both Plaintiffs to have back surgeries. The Plaintiffs asked the jury for $2 million ($1 million each for both Plaintiffs), but the jury returned a verdict awarding each Plaintiff $200,000, which was less than the last settlement offer extended to the Plaintiffs.

Mr. Shires' reported appellate decisions include the following cases: Tillis Trucking v. Moses, 748 So. 2d 874 (Ala. 1999) (successfully obtained reduction of a $7 million wrongful death judgment to $1.5 million); Lowery v. Honeywell Intern., Inc., 406 F. Supp. 2d 1288 (N.D. Ala. 2006), aff'd, 483 F.3d 1184 (11th Cir. 2007) (petition for rehearing in environmental case involving removal of case under Class Action Fairness Act that involved over 600 plaintiffs alleging property damage and personal injury from particulate discharge from factory); Kindred v. Burlington Northern R. Co., 742 So. 2d 155 (Ala. 1999) and Wilkerson v. Burlington Northern R. Co., 795 So. 2d 663 (Ala. 2000) (two cases that involved summary judgment on statute of limitations in F.E.L.A. asbestos cases); Saxton v. ACF Industries, 254 F.3d 959 (11th Cir. 2001) (relation back of amended complaint with fictitious parties in case that had been removed from state court to federal court under diversity jurisdiction).

Education

  • Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, J.D.
  • University of Georgia, J.D.

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Georgia
  • Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals

Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • State Bar of Alabama
  • State Bar of Kentucky
  • State Bar of Louisiana
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
  • Defense Research Institute

Support Staff

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