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John Augustus Shipley III

John Augustus Shipley III

Personal Injury Lawyer
Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A.
West Palm Beach, FL
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About John Augustus Shipley III

Attorney Biography

JOHN A. SHIPLEY IIIis a vice president of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley PA, and serves as a member of the firm’s board of directors. He is a Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death.

Mr. Shipley's primary practice focuses on personal injury cases, with an emphasis on complex medical malpractice and trucking cases. Drawing upon 38 years of litigation experience in West Palm Beach, both prosecuting and defending civil cases, he has obtained numerous multi-million dollar settlements and jury verdicts on behalf of injured plaintiffs. He has tried cases in 20 different trial court venues in Florida and has led more than 100 jury trials to verdict. He is listed in the publication Best Lawyers in America2007 through 2012.

An aggressive advocate for the rights of victims to pursue justice in the courts, Mr. Shipley is a member of the Florida Justice Association, past vice president of the local chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and a past member of the Craig S. Barnard American Inn of Court LIV. He lectures on trial practice for statewide Continuing Legal Education seminars for the Florida Justice Association and The Florida Bar. He also has taught classes on premises liability at Florida Atlantic University and has been a guest lecturer at Stetson University Law School.

Mr. Shipley's philosophy of giving back to his community is especially evident in the arts and education. He has been a member of the board of directors of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Florida and the Morikami Museum, and served on the endowment board for the Unity School and on the board of directors of Old School Square.

Mr. Shipley received his undergraduate from the University of Florida, and his law degree from the University of Florida College of Law.

Practice Areas

Personal Injury (100%)

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Bar Licenses

Florida State Bar
Member in Good Standing


University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law

Specialty Certifications

The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Board Certified Specialist
Civil Trial Law
The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education


American Association for Justice
Leaders Forum Patron
American Association for Justice

Palm Beach County Justice Association
Palm Beach County Justice Association

Alumni - Enrichment Society
University of Florida Levin College of Law

The National Trial Lawyers

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John Augustus Shipley III
Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A.
2139 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33409
Office: 561-686-6300
Fax: 561-383-9500

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Membership with The Florida Bar -

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Specialty Certification Information

Specialist in Civil Trial Law -

Florida Bar Board Certification in Civil Trial Law - For purposes of specialty certification, the Florida Bar defines the term "civil trial law" as the "practice of law dealing with litigation of civil controversies in all areas of law before state courts, federal courts, administrative agencies and arbitrators."

Attorneys certified in civil trial law in have met the minimum standards for civil trial law certification, provided in Rule 6-4.3, include the practice of law for at least 5 years, substantial involvement in the specialty of civil trial law (50% or more), handling of at least 15 contested civil cases, including cases before juries as lead counsel, and 50 hours of approved civil trial law certification continuing legal education. Attorneys certified in civil trial law must also submit to peer review and pass a written examination.

Nonprofit Organizations

American Association for Justice -

The AAJ is committed to promoting a fair and effective civil justice system while supporting the work of attorneys representing plaintiffs.

Palm Beach County Justice Association -

PBCJA supports and educates trial attorneys representing plaintiffs in civil cases while advocating for fair access to Florida's civil court system. Many of the top personal injury attorneys in West Palm Beach and throughout Palm Beach County belong to the PBCJA and take on leadership positions in this organization.