Shanda M. Yates






Shanda's practice focuses primarily on premises liability litigation. Her experience in this area of the law is varied and includes everything from routine slip and fall litigation to more complex inadequate security cases. 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.

Areas of Practice

  • Premises Liability Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • 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


  • 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

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


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

Honors and Awards

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

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