A strong pillar of the Hazlehurst community.

James D. Shannon

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Practice Areas:

  • Litigation
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law


Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Jim traveled worldwide as an "Army brat" until graduating from high school in Japan. While attending Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi, he received his Bachelors of Arts in 1969 and Masters of Arts degrees in 1974. From 1969 through 1972, Jim served in the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam as a First Lieutenant with the 101st Airborne Division. After his military service, he earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1977 from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Jim established Shannon Law Firm in Hazlehurst, Mississippi in 1979 and is committed to legal and community involvement in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where he serves as Municipal Court Judge and attorney for the Copiah County Board of Supervisors. He is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in Mississippi as well as the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He has participated in cases in Mississippi, Texas, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, and many other states. Also he has participated in cases in the Virgin Islands and the country of Venezuela.

Jim was recognized in 2001 as one of America's Top 10 lawyers, by Lawyers Weekly USA. The legal publication highlighted Shannon as one who "stood out from the crowd" among the country's million lawyers. The national publication for legal professionals also spotlighted Shannon for his trial work on the first jury verdict involving the drug Propulsid.

In 2001 alone, two of Jim's cases were highlighted in The National Law Journal in their "Largest Verdicts" listing and ranked tenth in the country in trial verdicts. In addition to his active trial practice, Jim Shannon speaks at national tort litigation seminars. He is co-counsel with law firms nationally in high profile tort litigation. Since 1999, Jim has been a Million Dollar Advocate and has tried 5 cases with jury awards of more than one million dollars.

Jim was nominated to the 2012 Mid-South Super Lawyers List. Super Lawyers Publication using a rigorous, multistage selection process in which peer nominating and evaluations are combined with the publisher's independent research. In addition, Jim is ranked AV, the highest possible rating, for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability by Martindale-Hubbell.


  • University of Mississippi School of Law, Oxford, Mississippi
    • J.D. - 1977
  • Mississippi College, Clinton, Mississippi
    • M.A. - 1974
  • Mississippi College, Clinton, Mississippi
    • B.A. - 1969

Bar Admission

  • Mississippi, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • America's Top 10 Lawyers, Weekly USA, 2001
  • One Who "Stood Out From the Crowd" Among the Country's Million Lawyers Who Make a Difference
  • Trial Work On The First Jury Verdict Involving the Drug Propulsid, National Publication For Legal Professionals
  • Million Dollar Advocate, 1999-2013
  • The National Law Journal, "Largest Verdicts" Ranked Tenth in the Country in Trial Verdicts, 2001
  • AV rated attorney, the highest possible rating, for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability by Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers List, 2012

Classes & Seminars

  • Speaker: National Tort Litigation Seminars
  • Speaker: Fall Conference for the Court Administrators, Presentation to court administrators regarding discovery issues, 2007
  • “Obtaining the Best Settlement for Personal Injury Clients”, NBI, Inc., 2008 to 2008
  • Speaker: “Maximizing the Claim”, The University of Mississippi, 2008 to 2008

Past Positions

  • U.S. Army, 101st Airborne Division, Vietnam, First Lieutenant, 1969 to 1971

Professional Associations

  • Mississippi Bar
  • Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney