Father and son open law office in Aiken
A father-and-son attorney team who between them have nearly 50 years of experience in trial law have brought their legal skills to Aiken and opened a law office downtown.Ken Connor and son Caleb moved to Aiken from Virginia and La Grange, Ga., respectively, in part because of the mild weather and horse enthusiasm and are ready to serve the community's needs in the areas of catastrophic personal injury, nursing home cases and business litigation, among others."We love Aiken, and it's nice to be back in the South," Ken said. "[Aiken] is just a vibrant community."The Connors, who also opened an Augusta office earlier this year, are joined in their practice by staff attorney Anne Moore, who is from Austin, Texas, and is a former classmate of Caleb's.The pair always talked about going into practice together, but the timing was never right until recently. Now, both living in Aiken with their families, they have opened the Aiken office on the corner of Park Avenue and Fairfield Street and share their time between the Augusta and Aiken locations.A major part of Ken Connor's background is in elder abuse and nursing home cases, and he has represented some high profile parties, including Erin Brockovich and Gov. Jeb Bush, who he represented as a Florida trial lawyer in the Terri Schiavo case.He also tried a case against former Chicago Bears player Walter Payton, whom was involved as a majority owner of a nursing home in a case brought by the widow of a patient who died, alleging neglect."America's dirty secret is the way we fail to care for the elderly in our nursing homes," he said. "We really do have, in this country, an epidemic of nursing home abuse and neglect."Ken Connor is a graduate of Florida State University, where he earned his undergraduate degree, as well as his law degree in 1972. He is licensed to practice in 14 states, including Georgia and most recently South Carolina, as well as Washington, D.C.Caleb Connor is a graduate of the University of Alabama and earned his law degree from the University of Georgia in 2006.After law school, he worked with an Augusta-based law firm and later worked in several in-house corporate roles before moving to Aiken to start Connor & Connor LLC with his father."It finally worked for us to join forces," Caleb Connor said.Caleb Connor has a background in business litigation and is licensed to practice law in Georgia. He will soon take the South Carolina Bar Exam.Moore, who earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas, is a 2006 graduate of the UGA School of Law.Prior to joining Connor & Connor, Moore was a risk management consultant, working with organizations that serve children and vulnerable adults to deal with incidents of abuse.Moore is licensed in Colorado and plans to take the Georgia Bar this summer, followed by the South Carolina Bar.Connor & Connor LLC is located at 224 Park Ave. S.E. and can be contacted by calling 226-0543 or visiting www.theconnorfirm.com.The firm's Augusta location is located at 507 Courthouse Lane in Augusta and can be reached by calling (706) 993-4004.Anna Dolianitis is a reporter for the Aiken Standard. She covers the Department of Energy's Savannah River Site, as well as court and legal matters affecting Aiken County. She has been with the Aiken Standard since August 2010.