James W. Shelson - Phelps Dunbar LLP

James W. Shelson

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2015
Phone: 601-360-9724

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.

Michigan State UniversityBA 1984Penn State Dickinson School of LawJ.D. 1993
The Mississippi BarAlabama State BarAmerican Bar AssociationFifth Circuit Bar AssociationCapital Area Bar AssociationInternational Association of Defense CounselABA Section of Litigation

Office Location

4270 I-55 North
Jackson, MS 39211-6391
United States


Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Environmental Law (Financial Services)
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants