John is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and is admitted to practice before all trial and appellate courts in Georgia, as well as the United States Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Georgia. John has successfully tried cases in all levels of trial courts and has successfully handled appeals before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, and the Georgia Court of Appeals.
A native Georgian, John earned his undergraduate and law degrees from The University of Georgia. During law school, John clerked for Judge Anne E. Barnes of the Georgia Court of Appeals. While at The University of Georgia, he was selected for membership into the Gridiron Secret Society.
Every year since 2012, John has been selected as one of Georgia’s “Super Lawyers – Rising Stars” by Atlanta Magazine. He has also been included in Georgia Trend magazine’s Legal Elite, honored by Best Lawyers in America, and selected as Top 40 Under 40 by The National Trial Lawyer.
John serves as a member of the State Bar of Georgia’s Board of Governors as a representative for the Eastern Judicial Circuit. Formerly, John served on the Executive Council for the State Bar of Georgia’s Young Lawyers Division, as a member of the Formal Advisory Opinion Board for the State Bar, and on the Georgia State Board of Court Reporting. John also serves as a Trustee of the Georgia Legal History Foundation.
In addition to his law practice, John is active in civic affairs. He serves on the Board of EmployAbility, and is on the Board of Trustees of the Ossabaw Island Foundation. John is a 2012-2013 graduate of Leadership Savannah.
Jim grew up in Perry, Georgia where his father was the minister at Perry Presbyterian Church for nearly twenty years. He attended the University of Georgia in Athens where he obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration. Upon graduation from UGA, Jim worked in finance in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia until he decided to pursue a career in law.
After graduating from Mercer University Law School, Jim moved to Savannah. Jim worked with Mark Tate for nearly ten years where he focused his practice on serious personal injury and wrongful death cases.
Over the past decade, Jim has served as lead and co-lead counsel in numerous high profile cases including the representation of victims of the Imperial Sugar Refinery explosion, the family of a Georgia Southern nursing student killed in a trucking crash, numerous victims of sexual assault, and thousands of victims of
pharmaceutical and medical device failures. In addition to these cases, Jim has successfully represented hundreds of clients in cases ranging from automobile and tractor trailer collisions to elevator failures and violent attacks on commercial properties.
Jim holds the record for the highest verdict ever obtained in Toombs County. The case involved a medical malpractice action against a local physician resulting in a $3.9 million verdict after two trials and an appeal to the Supreme Court of Georgia.
Jim is married to his wife, Hilary Shipley, who is a commercial real estate broker in Savannah. They live in the Yacht Club Estates with their two children, Lawton and Davis, and enjoy boating.
Jim has been selected through peer recognition as a Super Lawyer in personal injury by Georgia Super Lawyers for 2016, 2017, 2018.
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In the last year alone, Manly Shipley, LLP has settled more than $4 million in cases.