James C. Shannon

James C. Shannon

Co- Chair Subrogation and Liability Sections
Richmond, Virginia

Jim Shannon has practiced in Virginia for over 40 years, and has appeared in nearly all of the 120 Circuit Courts in the Commonwealth.  He has tried over 250 cases to jury verdicts in Virginia, most of which have involved personal injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents, premises liability situations, or as a result of allegedly defective products.  For nearly 20 years he represented a defendant corporation in the asbestos litigation.  For most of his career Mr. Shannon has been retained by insurance companies to represent defendant individuals and corporations; however in 2001-02, he practiced with a prominent plaintiff’s firm and tried cases to verdict in that capacity as well.  He has been requested to serve as a mediator and an arbitrator for over 20 years, and has resolved over 200 cases in that capacity.

Mr. Shannon is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, and is listed in Best Lawyers in America for arbitration, personal injury-defendants, and insurance law.  He is also recognized as a “Virginia Top Lawyer”, and “Super Lawyer in Virginia.”  He has been a frequent speaker at Bar and Claims Associations on topics involving third party litigation and coverage. In 2017 Mr. Shannon was selected to serve as a faculty member of the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism course for a three-year term. He is on the Executive Committee of the John Marshall American Inn of Court, and is a past president of the Bar Association of the City of Richmond.


Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Defense
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • General Liability Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1974
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit


  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • J.D. - 1974
  • University of Virginia
    • B.A. - 1971


  • Speaker at various Bar Associations, Claims Association, and Client Seminars on Auto Insurance, Third-Party Litigation and Personal Injury Cases.

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2011 - 2018
  • Virginia Super Lawyers, Richmond Magazine, 2009 - 2017
  • Virginia Top Lawyers, 2011 - 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Virginia State Bar, Member
  • Virginia Bar Association, Member
  • The Bar Association of The City of Richmond, Young Lawyers Section, Chairman, 1985 - 1986; Member, Board of Directors, 1988 - 1993; Executive Committee, 1993 - 1996; President, 1996 - 1997
  • John Marshall Inn of Court, Master, Exec. Comm., 2014 - 2016
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Member
  • Virginia State Claims Association
  • Richmond Claims Association
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Associate Member