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John Kent Shelton

John Kent Shelton

also known as Jack Shelton

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About Me

Tulane University Law School, LL.M. in admiralty, cum laude
CALI Award of Excellence, freight forwarders and non-vessel operating common carrier

The University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., cum laude
CALI Award of Excellence, legal writing and securities regulation


Colorado College, B.A. in English literature
Minor, French


Jack Shelton has extensive experience in the field of maritime law, including marine cargo claims, maritime contracts and transactions, compliance with the National Industrial Security Program and facility security clearance, U.S. flag compliance, financed vessel sales and commercial vessel reflagging. Also, he has practiced in litigation matters regarding the Jones Act, Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, and the Offshore Continental Shelf Lands Act. In addition to his unique focus in maritime law, Mr. Shelton is well-versed in contract negotiation, drafting and litigation, mergers and acquisitions, insurance coverage defense, hospital malpractice defense and health care law.


Before joining Harris Shelton as an associate attorney, Mr. Shelton practiced with Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr and Smith in New Orleans, La. He also lived in Leer, Germany, prior to his time in New Orleans. In Leer, he was manager of claims and contracts in the legal department of BBC Chartering & Logistic GmbH & Co. KG, which operates one of the world’s largest fleets of heavy lift cargo vessels.


Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, French

Practice Areas


  1. Business: 34%
  2. International Law: 33%
  3. Admiralty & Maritime: 33%

Attorney Endorsements

12 total 

Contact Info

Harris, Shelton, Hanover & Walsh, PLLC

40 S. Main St.
Suite 2700
Memphis, TN, 38103


DCActive 201505/24/2015
LAEligible to practice law201109/03/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
CALI Award of Excellence - Freight Forwarders and NVOCCsCALI2011
CALI Award of Excellence - Securities RegulationCALI2010
CALI Award of Excellence - Legal WritingCALI2009
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AssociateGalloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith, PLC2010 - 2013
Manager of Claims and ContractsBBC Chartering & Logistic GmbH & Co KG2010 - 2010
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Customs and International Trade Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Memphis World Trade ClubN/AN/A
Propeller Club - New OrleansN/AN/A
Memphis Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Tennessee Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Louisiana State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Southeastern Admiralty Law InstituteN/AN/A
Federal Bar AssociationN/AN/A
American Inns of CourtN/AN/A
Publication NameTitleDate
Memphis Daily NewsWhy Businesses Should be Aware of Deemed Exports2015
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Tulane University Law SchoolAdmiraltyLL.M - Master of Laws2011
University of Tennessee College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2010
Colorado CollegeEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts2004
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Rural Export 101Contract Considerations in International Business2015