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Kicklighter Law: Experience, Expertise and Excellence Make the Difference

Kicklighter Law: Experience, Expertise and Excellence Make the Difference


For over four decades, Claude “Mickey” Kicklighter, Jr. has dedicated his career to serving his clients with skill and determination. Mickey’s sincere care for his clients has earned him an outstanding reputation both in and out of the courtroom.

“We represent our clients fully and carefully to get a successful resolution for them,” he states.

Mickey been privileged to work alongside his wife Kim – the firm’s chief financial officer for a long time. He felt especially honored when his daughter Kelsey Kicklighter Bartlett joined the firm. Mickey’s extensive experience combined with Kelsey’s fresh approach and energy have proven to be a winning formula.

Mickey Kicklighter

Mickey began his career as an assistant district attorney before becoming chief assistant district attorney for the Atlantic Judicial Circuit, which is responsible for prosecuting felony criminal cases. He gained insight working on the plaintiff side, especially on personal injury cases, and the defense side, representing clients faced with various claims; thus, he has amassed a plethora of experience.

“I’ve had [over] 75 jury trials and hundreds and hundreds of bench trials. Our firm goes to court; a lot of firms don’t,” Mickey notes.

Kelsey Kicklighter Bartlett

Kelsey was raised in Rincon. She and her husband Trey are the proud parents of Beau, their precious seven-month-old son. After practicing law for five years, Kelsey joined the firm this past September. She, too, attended Mercer University. She initially sought a career in psychology, however, the summer following her senior year changed her plans.

“I interned at an inpatient psychiatric facility. I felt there was a ‘revolving door’ aspect of care given to those suffering from severe mental illness. After that experience, my college advisor suggested I think about law school. I decided to take the LSAT,” Kelsey says.

Besides obtaining a bachelor’s degree in psychology, she attended the Mercer School of Law, graduating cum laude with her Juris Doctorate.

Kelsey brought extensive defense experience to Kicklighter Law, as she had represented businesses and insurance companies in numerous personal injury cases. Kelsey currently focuses on representing plaintiffs’ wrongful death cases and handling serious personal injury cases – those involving medical malpractice, premises liability, defamation, government liability, etc.

Kelsey has co-authored several legal publications. In 2021, she was granted the Bert Hummel Award by the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia.

Experts & Expertise

Mickey appreciates his team, which includes another attorney – Brian “BJ” Fussell, Jr.

“We have two good, young attorneys. It’s fun chatting about cases and strategizing,” Mickey comments.

Kelsey feels that BJ is an “integral part of the team.”

“Being able to work with him and learn from him is enriching,” Kelsey remarks.

The team also includes three paralegals: Mandy Hargrove, senior paralegal, along with Lisa Reeves and Colleen Eddy; Anna Bragg is the firm’s legal assistant.

“All the members of the team work hard for our clients. I am thankful that the whole team has made me feel welcome,” Kelsey states.

Kicklighter Law handles civil and criminal litigation, specializing in personal injury cases. Whether car accidents or medical malpractice claims, Kicklighter is committed to delivering optimal results. The firm handles construction litigation, including on-the-job injuries and compensation disputes, and provides assistance in both family law and criminal law cases.

Commitment to their profession and to family.

Mickey and Kelsey enjoy practicing together; they are committed to maintaining the firm’s great culture.

“I get to learn from the man who I credit, along with my mother, for me being where I am today. My father cares for his clients, friends and family while putting God first. My mother has taught me to be a shoulder for others, a listening ear and a warm hug,” she says.

As the team persists to provide their clients “caring, comprehensive and personalized legal services,” Mickey and Kelsey are a testament to the power of family and the joy that can come from working together.


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