Jim’s family is from Macon and he grew up in Perry, Georgia where his father was the minister of Perry Presbyterian Church for nearly twenty years. He attended the University of Georgia in Athens. Upon graduation, Jim worked in finance in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta until he decided to pursue a career practicing law. Upon graduation form Mercer University Law School, Jim moved to Savannah where he worked with Gene Brooks and Mark Tate for a number of years.
Since becoming an attorney, Jim has dedicated his entire practice to the representation of plaintiffs. Jim has served as lead and co-lead counsel in numerous high profile cases including the representation of victims of the Imperial Sugar Refinery, numerous victims of sexual assault, 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 high verdict ever obtained in Toombs County. The case involved a medical malpractice action resulting in $3.9 million verdict after two trials and an appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court. Jim was selected as one of Georgia’s “Super Lawyers – Rising Stars” by Atlanta Magazine every years since 2015 and was selected as a “Super Lawyer – Personal Injury” in 2018.
Jim is married to his wife, Hilary Shipley, who is a commercial real estate broker in Savannah. They have two children, Lawton and Davis, and enjoy boating.
jim shipley: honors & publications
- State Bar of Georgia, 2007
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
- Georgia Supreme Court
- Georgia Court of Appeals
- Georgia Superior Court
Professional Associations & Memberships
- State Bar of Georgia
- Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
- Savannah Bar Association
- Southern Trial Lawyers Association
- State Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers Division
- Savannah Toastmasters