Laura Ward

Alex M. Shalishali

Alex is a shareholder in the Firm’s Litigation group.  A product of Columbus public schools, Alex continued his education at University of Georgia where he studied International Affairs and French before graduating magna cum laude in 2009.  He then attended the University of Georgia School of Law where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2012.

Since starting his law practice, Alex’s practice areas have largely consisted of handling commercial litigation matters while also representing local government entities and law enforcement agencies on various civil matters.Having successfully litigated cases at both the state and federal level, Alex currently balances his private practice with serving as Dougherty County Attorney and Assistant Magistrate Judge for Muscogee County.  For his efforts, Alex was recognized as a Rising Star in the 2021 and 2023 editions of Georgia Super Lawyers magazine.

Outside of work, Alex is involved in a number of professional and civic activities.  He is a member of the Columbus Bar Association, American Inns of Court and the Fountain City Bar Association, where he previously served as its President.Alex has twice been elected by his fellow bar members to serve on the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Georgia, where he is currently serving his second term representing the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit.  He is also a 2016 graduate of Leadership Georgia.

In the community, Alex serves on the boards for the Emanuel Preparatory School of Math and Science and the Columbus Botanical Garden.  In addition to also serving as a youth mentor,  he previously spent several years volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters and the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, where he served as Chair of the Board of Trustees.

For leisure, Alex enjoys more than anything spending time with his wife and two daughters.  Other hobbies include basketball, tennis, and reading up on history and geopolitics.



  • University of Georgia (B.A., 2009, J.D., 2012)

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia

Professional Activities

  • American Inns of Court
  • Board of Governors for the State Bar of Georgia
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Fountain City Bar Association (Past President)

Civic Activities

  • Columbus Botanical Garden, Board Member
  • Emanuel Preparatory School of Math and Sciences, Board Member

Previously served on the following:

  • Leadership Georgia
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