James E. Shipley, Jr. – Associate

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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 where he began working at one of the city’s most respected plaintiff’s firms. In 2009, Jim began his career at Tate Law Group where he focuses 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 over fifteen victims of the Imperial Sugar Refinery explosion, the Penske shooting in Kennesaw, the family of a Georgia Southern nursing student killed in a trucking crash, numerous victims of sexual assault, and thousand 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 to medical malpractice actions.

Since 2016, Jim and Mark have obtained verdicts and settlements alone in excess of $50 million for their clients, many of which exceeded the policy limits of insurance. As of this date, 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 Rising Star in personal injury by Georgia
Super Lawyers for 2016, 2017, 2018.


Areas Of Practice

Admitted To Practice

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Georgia Superior Court


Reported Cases:

  • Hand v. S. Ga. Urology Ctr., P.C., 332 Ga. App. 148 (2015)

Professional Memberships


“Discovering the cause of a drug’s defect”, The Verdict, November, 2008


To discuss your case with James Shipley, call 866-610-7107 or contact him online.