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James Barrett Shipp

Probate Attorney at San Antonio, TX

5.0   2 reviews

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    30%
    Assist those injured by the actions or negligence of others, including medical malpractice, car wrecks, workplace injuries, and wrongful death matters

  2. Probate
    30%
    Probate and estate administration- representing applicants, independent executors, dependent administrators, heirs and beneficiaries

  3. Litigation
    20%
    Probate and fiduciary litigation- representing fiduciaries and beneficiaries in litigation involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duties by executors, personal representatives of Estates, agents under powers of attorney, guardians, and trustees

  4. Trusts
    20%
    Trust administration and declaratory judgment actions- representing trustees, beneficiaries, and charitable beneficiaries

• Estate administration, trust administration, and probate and fiduciary litigation attorney with jury and bench trial experience
• Represent individuals, fiduciaries, and entities in contested trust, guardianship, probate, and fiduciary litigation matters, as well as uncontested matters and issues of will or trust construction or modification
• Responsibilities include estate administration, fiduciary guidance, client and witness interviews, due diligence, legal research and analysis, discovery requests and responses, jury charge formulation, depositions, settlement negotiations including mediation, motions for summary judgment, preparation of annual accounts, reports, responses to accounting demands, and management of a motion and trial practice
• Draft primary and ancillary estate planning documents for clients including wills, will codicils, trusts, medical and statutory durable powers of attorney, directives to physicians, declarations of guardians, and other related legal documents

Practice is directed at probate administration, trust administration, guardianship, estate planning, and probate and fiduciary litigation (will contests, trust disputes, prosecution and defense of executor or trustee removal actions).

Photos and videos

Closing arguments during the 2012 SAYLA Trial Skills Competition, which my trial partner, Mark Poling, and I won. Federal District Judge Xavier Rodriguez presided over the final round.
The finalists of the 2012 SAYLA Trial Skills Tournament, (l-r), Mark Poling, Mack T. Harrison, Judge Xavier Rodriguez, J. Barrett Shipp, and Michael DeNuccio.
Licensed for 15 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2007
Updated 10/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact James

Shipp Ecke, PLLC
1718 San Pedro Ave
San Antonio, TX, 78212

Reviews

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Posted by Jake | April 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Barrett Shipp is a stud attorney. Very knowledgeable of law, hard working, and helpful. He helped me form my company in 2014 and has been a continuing legal advisor since.
Posted by Febronio Guzman | January 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
J. Barrett Shipp represented me in a case against an unscrupulous attorney. At mediation, he was devastatingly better prepared than the other side. His legal points were well made and forceful resulting in a very fair and welcomed final finding. I was extremely pleased and would use his services again without hesitation. I highly recommend him.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney and Member
  • Shipp Ecke, PLLC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • Heinrichs & De Gennaro, P.C.
  • 2015 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Heinrichs & De Gennaro, P.C.
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Bexar County Criminal District Attorney's Office
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • The Law Office of J. Barrett Shipp
  • 2007 - 2008
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Education

  • St. Marys University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Oklahoma State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • In re Guardianship of Gilmer, 04-14-00362-CV (Fourth Court of Appeals)
  • Reversed and remanded
  • Joseph v. State, 309 S.W.3d 20 (Tex. Crim. App. 2010)
  • murder conviction affirmed

Associations

  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Director
  • 2017 - Present
  • Elder Law Section of the San Antonio Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Association of Corporate Counsel-San Antonio Chapter's "Ethics Follies" CLE program
  • Participant
  • 2012 - Present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Legal Writing Institute
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • St. Mary's University School of Law Alumni Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • San Antonio Young Lawyers Association
  • President
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Young Alumni Council, St. Mary's University School of Law
  • Director
  • 2015 - 2016
  • San Antonio Young Lawyers Association
  • President-Elect
  • 2014 - 2015
  • St. Mary's University School of Law Alumni Association- San Antonio Chapter
  • Board of Directors
  • 2013 - 2015
  • William S. Sessions American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2016
  • San Antonio Young Lawyers Association
  • Vice President
  • 2013 - 2014
  • St. Mary's University School of Law Alumni Association- San Antonio Chapter
  • Secretary
  • 2013 - 2014
  • San Antonio Young Lawyers Association
  • Director
  • 2011 - 2013
  • San Antonio Young Lawyers Foundation
  • Director
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Young Texans Against Cancer
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Defense Counsel of San Antonio
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Texas District and County Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2011
  • San Antonio Young Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2017
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2016
  • St. Mary's University School of Law, Student Bar Association
  • Senator
  • 2005 - 2007
  • St. Mary's University School of Law, The Board of Advocates
  • Former Executive Committee Member
  • 2005 - 2007
  • St. Mary's University School of Law, Republican Law Student Association
  • Former Executive Committee Member
  • 2004 - 2007
  • State Bar of Texas, Law Student Division Section
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association
  • Associate Member
  • 2004 - 2007
  • St. Mary's University School of Law, Dallas Alumni Student Chapter
  • Founding Member and Former Executive Committee Member
  • 2004 - 2007
  • American Bar Association, Law Student Division
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Oklahoma State University Chapter of College Republicans
  • Former Executive Committee Member
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyer (Trust and Estate Litigation)
  • S.A. Scene Magazine
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyer (Probate Law)
  • S.A. Scene Magazine
  • 2017
  • Fellow
  • San Antonio Bar Foundation
  • 2017
  • Fellow
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyers in Estate and Probate Litigation
  • San Antonio Scene Magazine
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyers in Probate Law
  • San Antonio Scene Magazine
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Scene in S.A. Magazine
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Scene in S.A. Magazine
  • 2012
  • Co-recipient- SAYLA Trial Skills Champions w/ Mark Poling
  • San Antonio Young Lawyers Association
  • 2012
  • Outstanding Judge Advocacy Award
  • St. Mary's University School of Law Board of Advocates
  • 2012
  • Outstanding Judge Advocacy Award, w/ Judge Xavier Rodriguez
  • St. Mary's University School of Law Board of Advocates
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Scene in S.A. Magazine
  • 2011
  • Semi-finalist & Best Speaker, 2 of 4 rounds
  • St. Mary's University School of Law, The Board of Advocates and The Federal Bar Association Moot Court Competition
  • 2007
  • Dean's Leadership Award
  • St. Mary's University School of Law
  • 2007
  • SABF Pro Bono Service Award- Co-recipient with Sonja Sims
  • San Antonio Bar Foundation
  • 2007
  • Best Speaker- 2 of 4 preliminary rounds
  • St. Mary's University School of Law: Jenkens & Gilchrist First Year Moot Court
  • 2005
  • President's Honor Roll
  • Oklahoma State University
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • UIW Prof. J. Labatt's Intro to Criminal Law Class
  • Criminal Law- Crimes against Property
  • 2014
  • Prof. Brian Cromeens's February 2013 Criminal Law Class, Cohort 186
  • Criminal Law- Crimes against Property
  • 2014
  • Panelist, Myths and Realities of Attending Law School and becoming a Lawyer
  • Myths and Realities of Attending Law School and becoming a Lawyer
  • 2014
  • BLAW 3317 Business Law
  • Introduction to Business Law
  • 2013
  • The University of the Incarnate Word and Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico Integrated Summer Program
  • "Business Associations and Choice of Entities in the United States"
  • 2012
  • Professor Bernard Reams’s Trusts class
  • "The Estate Planning and Probate Lawyer’s Practice" with Mo H. Shipp
  • 2011
  • Continuing Legal Education- In-house training
  • Post-Conviction Writs of Habeas Corpus for the Misdemeanor Trial Prosecutor
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (29)
Endorse James
Probate Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Barrett Shipp is a rare breed of attorney that maintains the highest level of legal expertise while remaining personable."
Probate Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Barrett is a highly skilled probate attorney, and I fully endorse him!"
Estate planning Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Barrett is a fantastic lawyer who knows the law. He takes his time with each client learning their individual needs. I highly recommend Barrett to anyone in need of a lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Great lawyer and a great person."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Barrett Shipp is one of the best attorneys I know. He is smart, professional, and hard working. Barrett is one of the attorneys I turn to when I have a question about an area of the law he excels in. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs an attorney experienced in Probate, Estates, Trusts, Guardianships and more."
Trusts Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the opportunity to work with Barrett and he is a great attorney, he very knowledgeable in this area and works hard for his clients."
Probate Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Barrett is my go-to resource when I have questions about probate matters. He is able to answer my questions with practical, no-nonsense perspective. I am proud to endorse him."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Barrett Shipp. Barrett is an outstanding attorney and a leader in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Barrett is a leader in all things. He is a talented litigator as well as an adviser. He holds the highest ethical standards and clients can trust that he always has their best interests in mind."
Trusts Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Friend
"Barrett Shipp is a dedicated and deeply thoughtful attorney who crafts his arguments with meticulous care and research. From arguing and winning in our state's highest courts to mentoring young lawyers to offering pro bono services to folks in need, Barrett is truly a rising star in the San Antonio legal community."
Probate Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Barrett is an excellent attorney and has earned a great reputation in his practice areas among his peers. I have recommended him to people looking for assistance with wills, trusts, probate, and estate matters, and will continue to do so."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Barrett Shipp is of the highest caliber, both in advocacy skills and integrity. I would trust him with any matter of importance in my own life."
Probate Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Barret is a smart, conscientious probate attorney."
Guardianship Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Barrett on several matters. He understands the areas of Guardianship and Probate Litigation very well."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Barrett for almost 10 years now. He has always presented himself as an honest and ethical attorney. I'm glad to call him a colleague and a friend."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Barrett is an exceptional attorney."
Probate Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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