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James Shelson named Fellow

Jim Shelson

Jim Shelson

James W. Shelson, a partner in Phelps Dunbar’s Jackson, Mississippi office, has been elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

The Fellows is an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars who have been elected by their peers to become a member. Membership is limited to 1 percent of lawyers admitted to practice in each jurisdiction of the United States and to a small percentage of international lawyers. Members are nominated by fellows in their jurisdiction and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.

Shelson represents clients in a 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 is a member of the Mississippi, Alabama, Fifth Circuit and American Bar associations and the International Association of Defense Counsel. He received the Capital Area Bar Association’s Pro Bono Award for 2010-11. He earned his J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law of Pennsylvania State University and his bachelor’s degree in political science from Michigan State University.


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