C. Shane Keith


Shane Keith is a trial lawyer with nearly 20 years’ experience defending high-risk litigation involving catastrophic injuries and losses. He represents corporations and various professionals in state and federal courts throughout Georgia, including trucking and logistics companies, residential and commercial property owners and managers, and manufacturers of dozens of different products. He regularly litigates products liability, premises liability, professional liability, transportation, and other cases involving serious injuries or death. Shane is also called upon to handle complex appeals, obtaining more than a dozen decisions in the Eleventh Circuit and the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals of Georgia.

Understanding the importance of technology in all operations, Shane strives to implement current and emerging technologies to provide efficient and cost-effective legal services to his clients. He also chairs the technology committee at Hawkins Parnell & Young.



  • Emory University School of Law  (J.D., 2000)
    • Member, Order of the Coif
  • Auburn University  (B.A., summa cum laude, 1997)

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia


  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • DeKalb County Bar Association
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
  • DRI
  • American Bar Association
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta


  • Georgia Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2006, 2009-2015)
  • Georgia Super Lawyers (2017-2019, 2021-2024)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©
    • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (2022-2024)

Trials (Selected)

  • Tom Cooper and Gail Cooper v. Marten Transport, Ltd. and Dwayne Stroman, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Nathaniel Polite v. Double View Ventures, LLC & Westdale Asset Management, Ltd., Court of Appeals of Georgia, Superior Court of DeKalb County
  • Walker v. Aderhold Properties, Inc., Superior Court of Fulton County
  • Susan J. Tomsic v. Marriott International, Inc. and Broderick W. Sumner, Gwinnett Superior Court
  • Mulligan v. Marshalls, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Edna Ramcke, Individually and in her Representative Capacity As the Administratrix of the Estate of Robert A. Podorsky (deceased) v. Georgia Power Company, The Southern Company, The Southern Company Generation, Superior Court of Bartow County

Reported Cases (Selected)

  • Alexander Props. Group, Inc. v. Doe, 280 Ga. 306 (2006)
  • Cooper v. Marten Transp., Ltd., 599 F. App'x 930, 931 (11th Cir. 2015)
  • Cooper v. Marten Transp., Ltd., 539 F. App'x 963, 965 (11th Cir. 2013)
  • Associated Rubber Co. v. NLRB, 296 F.3d 1055 (11th Cir. 2002)
  • Ace Am. Ins. Co. v. Newcomb & Boyd, LLP, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 218377 (N.D. Ga. Sept. 28, 2017)
  • Cooper v. Marten Transp., Ltd., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 191774 (N.D. Ga. June 4, 2012)
  • Lundberg v. Universal Trailer Corp., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108933 (N.D. Ga. June 19, 2008)
  • Shadburn v. Rosewood Plantation Apartments, Inc., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 120837 (N.D. Ga. Mar. 28, 2008)
  • Azubuko v. Berkshire Mut. Ins. Co., 2003 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26768 (N.D. Ga. Oct. 22, 2003)
  • Barko Response Team, Inc. v. Sudduth, 339 Ga. App. 897 (2016)
  • Tomsic v. Marriott International,  321 Ga. App. 374 (2013)
  • Ramcke v. Ga. Power Co., 306 Ga. App. 736 (2010)
  • Underwood v. Select Tire, Inc., 296 Ga. App. 805 (2009)
  • Kidd v. Dentsply Intl, Inc., 278 Ga. App. 346 (2006)
  • Peacock v. Kiser, 272 Ga. App. 83(2005)
  • Garner v. Rite Aid of Ga., Inc., 265 Ga. App. 737 (2004)
  • Martha H. West Trust v. Mkt. Value of Atlanta, Inc., 262 Ga. App. 90 (2003)


  • “Mission Impossible? Rethinking the Defense of Third-Party Criminal-Attack Cases,” Georgia Defense Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, Palm Beach, FL (June 2015)
  • "Premises Liability: Emerging Trends and A Return to the Basics?" Georgia Defense Lawyers Association CLE, Atlanta, GA (2012)