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Shanda M. Yates

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Practice Areas:

  • Premises Liability Litigation


Shanda's practice focuses almost exclusively on premises liability litigation. She has successfully litigated slip/trip/fall and falling merchandise cases on behalf of a wide array of clients. She practices in both state and federal courts and is well-versed in federal practice and procedure - especially in the area of removal jurisdiction.

Shanda earned a B.A. in English from the University of Southern Mississippi and received her J.D. from Mississippi College School of Law, where she graduated cum laude and served as Case Note/Comment Editor of the Law Review.


  • Mississippi College School of Law, Jackson, Mississippi
    • J.D. - 2007
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Dean's List Scholar
    • Honors: American Jurisprudence Awards: Pre-Trial Practice and Advanced Torts
  • University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
    • B.A. - 2003
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: English

Bar Admission

  • Mississippi, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2007

Published Works

  • Maintaining a Safe Premises, The Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association Newsletter, Spring, 2012
  • Request No. 1: Admit That You Are Not Seeking Damages in Excess of $75,000. Response: I'm Not Gonna and You Can't Make Me. Determining Whether the Amount in Controversy Requirement is Satisfied Based on Plaintiffs' Responses (or Lack Thereof) to Requests for Admission, The MDLA Quarterly, Vol. 32, No.2, 2008


  • Martindale-Hubbell AV-Rated
  • Mid South Super Lawyer, 2022
  • Mid South Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2009 - 2012, 2014-2021
  • Mississippi Business Journal "Leader in Law", 2014
  • Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys Under 40 (NAOPIA), 2014

Classes & Seminars

  • Premises Liability: Recent Cases and Trends Mississippi Claims Association/ Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association Joint Seminar, 2011
  • Litigating Slip, Trip & Fall Cases in Mississippi, National Business Institute - June 2013
  • Representing Your Client in Federal Court, National Business Institute - June 2014