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James William Shelson

Commercial real estate Attorney at Jackson, MS

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Jim Shelson represents clients in a wide range of commercial litigation matters. His litigation experience includes toxic torts, business torts and commercial disputes, consumer finance and lender liability, coverage disputes and bad faith claims, products liability, and class action defense. He has represented clients from many industries, including chemical and product manufacturing, agriculture companies, insurers, banks and other financial institutions and lenders, telecommunications companies, automotive suppliers, and casinos.

Mr. Shelson’s practice often involves technical expert evidence in the areas of toxicology, epidemiology, medical science and causation in tort cases, as well as complex business and financial analysis in commercial disputes. Mr. Shelson is also experienced in the use of alternative dispute resolution techniques to resolve claims.

Mr. Shelson is licensed in Mississippi and Alabama. His jury trial and appellate experience includes both state and federal courts. Mr. Shelson’s state court trial experience includes both the circuit and chancery courts of Mississippi. He is the co-author of Mississippi Chancery Practice.

Mr. Shelson is the practice group coordinator for the general litigation group in Phelps Dunbar’s Jackson office. He received an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Shelson is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, an invitation-only association of corporate and defense attorneys, where he serves as vice chair of newsletters for the Toxic and Hazardous Substances committee.

Licensed for 29 years
State AL
Status Occupational License - Authorized to Practice
Acquired 1996
Updated 11/10/2022
State MS
Status Active
Acquired 1993
Updated 12/03/2022

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Phelps Dunbar
4270 I-55 North
Jackson, MS, 39211-6394


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AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)


  • Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • Michigan State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984


  • Mississippi Bar
  • Member
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  • Alabama State Bar
  • Member
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  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Member
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  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
  • Member
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  • Fifth Circuit Bar Association
  • Member
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  • Capital Area Bar Association
  • Member
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  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Vice Chair of Midyear Meeting CLE
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Pro Bono Award
  • Capital Area Bar Association
  • 2011
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
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  • Listed
  • Best Lawyers in America
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  • Listed
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers
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  • Defense Counsel Journal
  • The Misuse of Public Nuisance Law to Address Climate Change
  • 2011
  • Trial Practice Journal
  • Effective Motion Practice in Trial Courts
  • 2006
  • Verdict: The Journal of the Trial Practice Committee
  • Editor
  • N/A

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Jackson Commercial real estate Lawyer James William Shelson
James William Shelson
Commercial real estate Attorney
Jackson, MS
Licensed for 29 years