Shipman & Wright, LLP is a plaintiff's litigation boutique located in Wilmington, North Carolina, whose practice is focused on the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, products liability, consumer fraud and class actions. The firm is led by Gary Shipman, a board certifed civil trial specialist, whose courtroom skills have been chronicled in the media throughout North Carolina.
In 2004, Shipman obtained the first verdict, ever, in a medical malpractice case in Wilmington, North Carolina, that resulted in a jury imposing punitive damages against the defendant health care providers in the amount of $350,000.00. Each of the firm's other lawyers have substantial litigation experience of their own. William Wright, who prior to his work with the firm clerked on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, has served as a lecturer on appellate procedure to other members of the bar and has substantial experience in class actions.
Brian Geschickter, who prior to his association with the firm was trial counsel for Geico Insurance Company, knows the tactics that insurance companies use, and turns those tactics against them. Angel Adams returns to the firm after her graduation from law school in 2005. For more than 7 years, Ms. Adams was a litigation paralegal with the firm, and now combines her law degree with those years of prior experience. Suffice it to say that if you want the best, they are only a phone call away.
About Gary Shipman:
- Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Buies Creek, NC, 1980
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
- University of North Carolina at Wilmington, B.A., Cum Laude, 1977
Gary grew up in Wake County, North Carolina, and attended the Wake County public schools. There, he began honing his advocacy skills as the member of his high school debate team, and continued as a debater while attending college at UNC-Wilmington. Because of its commitment to training trial lawyers, Gary attended law school at Campbell University School of Law, where he was named its top trial advocacy student
In 1980, at the age of 24, Gary began practicing law in Wilmington, North Carolina, and founded his own firm two years later. Gary is recognized throughout the State of North Carolina for his effectiveness and skills in the courtroom, and has handled more than 100 jury trials to verdict during his career. He has handled cases ranging from medical negligence to catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death; products liability to consumer fraud and protection; condemnation to complex civil litigation. He has served as lead counsel and/or co-lead counsel in various national class actions. In 1991, Gary received the prestigious Addison Hewlett Award for his pro-bono work. In 1992, he secured the largest two verdicts in the State of North Carolina for that year. Gary is a frequent lecturer on issues ranging from trial advocacy skills to products liability. Gary was featured in a 1998 article in the Triangle Business Journal entitled "Ten To Watch: Attorneys that have an impact on North Carolina Business." http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/stories/1998/05/04/focus3.htmlMost recently, he was featured in a front page news article in the Wilmington Star News on May 8, 2000.