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James Davis Shipman

James Davis Shipman

Practice areas:

Family, Mediation

About Me

I have served as a family law attorney in Snohomish County since 1998.  I currently also serve as a Snohomish County Superior Court Commissioner Pro Tem, and as a mediator and arbitrator for family law cases.  I have mediated more than 50 cases for other attorneys and arbitrated approximately 50 cases as well. I have made hundreds of decisions in family law cases as a Commissioner Pro Tem.  


I focus on establishing a temporary status quo for my clients, and then work toward a settlement.  I believe settlement is almost always the best solutions for my clients; however there are a few instances where ultimately we have to proceed with trial.  


I look forward to working with you for your family law needs.




Practice Areas

Licensed since 1998

  1. Family: 85%
    17 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Mediation: 15%
    10 years, 400 cases



Hourly ($250-295/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

19 total 

  • Aaron Lee Shields

    I endorse this lawyer's work.


    Aaron Shields Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Rebecca Jill Torgerson

    I endorse this lawyer's work. James and I have worked as opposing counsels on a highly contested, much litigated and ongoing child custody action. Through our case together, we have been able to communicate well together. He is a great advocate for his clients and is always well-prepared. I refer many potential clients to him.


    Rebecca Torgerson Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

3631 Colby Ave
Everett, WA, 98201-4713



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
FellowAmerican Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers2012
2011 Civil/Family Law Clerk's AwardSnohomish County Superior Court2011
David Kastle Award2008 Snohomish County Superior Court2008
Snohomish County Clerk's AwardSnohomish County Superior Court Clerks2007
Chair AwardAmerican Red Cross2005
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2004
President's AwardMarysville Rotary2000
Dean's Public Service AwardN/A1998
Juris Doctorate, Magna Cum LaudeN/A1998
Linden Cup First Place TeamN/A1997
Thomas More Full ScholarshipN/A1996

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Commissioner Pro TemSnohomish County Superior Court2005 - Present
Managing PartnerShipman Uberti, P.S.2004 - Present
InstructorEverett Community College1999 - 2004
PartnerBell & Ingram, P.S.1998 - 2004
Lead InternWashington State Attorney General1996 - 1998

Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellow2012 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Snohomish County Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Family Law Section Washington State Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
In re the Parentage of M.F.N/A

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Publication NameTitleDate
Snohomish County Bar AssociationPractical Case Management in a Recession2009

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJuris Doctorate, Magna Cum Laude1998
University of WashingtonN/ACum Laude1995

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
19th Annual Family Law ConferenceTop 10 Technology Tips for Case and Practice Management2013
19th Annual Family Law CLESocial Media: A Current User's Perspective2013
Title 26 Family Law GAL TrainingLaw Practice & Family Dynamics: Putting it All Togeter2012
Title 26 GAL TrainingAttorneys and GAL's2011
ADR Annual TrainingMediation2011
Family Law Section CLEDe Facto Parent Rights2007
Snohomish County Bar IntroductionFamily Law for new Lawyers2006