Claude M. “Mickey” Kicklighter Jr.,
Mickey Kicklighter, based in Effingham County, Georgia, has practiced law for over 35 years and is the founder of Kicklighter Law. He has tried over 1,000 cases, including nearly 100 jury trials. Mickey has a long and extensive history as a personal injury attorney for residents in the state of Georgia. He rolls up his sleeves to help his clients from day one to the end of a trial and beyond.
Before becoming a personal injury attorney, Mickey spent a number of years doing insurance defense work and served as an agent for NFL players and NASCAR drivers. Mickey worked in Cobb County as a risk management attorney. He has served as a member of the Effingham County and Bulloch County drug courts as well as assistant and chief assistant district attorney in the Atlantic Judicial Circuit (Liberty, Long, Tattnall, Evans, Bryan, and McIntosh Counties).
Mickey has been happily married to his wife Kim since 1992 and they have three daughters.
Lori Welch, Attorney
Lori E. Welch is a trial attorney with over five years of experience, with a focus on criminal defense and domestic law. She joined Kicklighter Law in January of 2018 and is an experienced, effective, and a compassionate advocate for her clients. Mrs. Welch graduated Cum Laude from South Carolina’s Honors College in 2005 and excelled as a computer software consultant for four years, prior to attending the Walter F. George Mercer School of Law in 2009.
While in law school, she served on Mercer’s Advocacy Council, actively competed in and coached the Mercer Law Mock Trial Team, worked as legal intern for the Georgia Secretary of State Professional Licensing Board, served as law clerk for the Superior Court of Houston County, and began trying cases at the Macon Circuit Public Defenders Office under Georgia’s Third Year Practice Act. Further, she successfully completed Mercer Law School’s esteemed Advanced Legal Writing Certificate Program and chaired Joshua’s Wish, a philanthropy funding pediatric brain tumor research.
Upon graduation in 2012, Mrs. Welch continued building upon her foundation in trial practice, while working at both the Conasauga and Ogeechee Circuit Public Defenders Offices. She transitioned into private practice in 2014. Mrs. Welch is a proud graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer’s College©, and she possesses a great understanding of DUI defense. Mrs. Welch knows her way around the courtroom and has appeared in court on behalf of her clients, hundreds of times. In her last jury trial, Mrs. Welch obtained an acquittal for her client, charged in a multi-defendant murder case.