About Shipley Law Firm, PC Attorneys at Law
Our firm was originally founded by Fred Shipley in 1992. We are dedicated to delivering professional, personal attention, flexibility, and cost efficient solutions to our clients needs.
We also represent clients in commercial and residential real estate transactions. Over the years, we have devoted a lot of energy and thought in becoming efficient, flexible and convenient for our real estate clients. We frequently deal successfully with transactional problems, the right way, in an effort to be a part of the solution, instead of part of the problem.
We have experience serving business clients needs at start-up, through day-to-day legal advice, litigation support, and in specific transactions. We strive to offer smaller businesses the same effective and professional representation large corporations expect in a practical, efficient and cost effective manner.
We offer zealous representation for clients in state and federal criminal cases, worker's compensation and immigration matters. We invite you to visit our practice areas page for more details.
C. Frederick Shipley, IV ,“Fred”, started our firm in 1992. He grew up in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, and is a 1984 graduate of Berkeley High School. In 1989 he completed his undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. He earned a juris doctor degree in 1992 from Oklahoma City University.
Fred is licensed to practice in all South Carolina State Courts, Federal District Courts in South Carolina and the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. He primarily practices in the areas of civil litigation, real estate transactions and also serves business clients. He is also a licensed title insurance producer in South Carolina.
Fred has nearly two decades of experience handling wrongful death cases, accident cases, real estate disputes, fraud cases, and business litigation. He has tried cases in small claims court, and been lead counsel in cases involving millions.
He has years of experience representing clients in both commercial and residential real estate transactions, and is an engaging speaker on real estate related transactional legal matters to lenders and real estate agents. He’s helped many businesses and individuals with real estate purchases, purchases at judicial sales, REO purchases, “short sales”, refinances, loan modifications, and lines of credit.
Fred also provides legal services to businesses. Although he has represented large companies, he prefers to work with small business owners. Fred can assist with formation of your business, contract negotiations, drafting contracts, legal assistance surrounding operations, disputes and litigation.
Fred is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association. He has served as an investigating member in fee disputes between lawyers and their clients.
An avid general aviation enthusiest, Fred also is a member of the Aircraft Owners’ and Pilots Association, and is an instrument rated multi engine pilot with complex, high performance and high altitude certifications.
Vanessa Cooper Shipley
Vanessa Cooper Shipley joined Shipley Law Firm, P.C. to practice criminal law, both state and federal, worker's compensation, immigration, real estate and civil litigation. Shipley graduated with cum laude honors from the University of South Carolina earning a bachelor of arts degree in international studies in 1994. She earned her juris doctor degree from the USC School of Law in 1998.
In 1998 she became a member of the South Carolina Bar and was hired as an Assistant Solicitor with the Richland County Solicitor's Office. She prosecuted crimes ranging from misdemeanor offenses such as D.U.I. and drug charges to criminal domestic violence cases. In 2004, she was promoted to the Violent Crimes Task Force Unit where she focused mainly on prosecuting the crimes of murder, armed robbery, burglary, rape and life without parole cases. In January of 2009, she was invited to join the Richland County Sheriff's Department Cold Case Unit as its legal consultant. She has tried over 70 jury trials in her career as a prosecutor with an 83% conviction rate.
Vanessa has been invited to speak at the Solicitor's Association Conference, the Sexual Trauma Services Center, the S.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education's Side Bar seminar, and training seminars for officers with the University of South Carolina Police Department and Forest Acres Police Department. She has had the privilege of speaking to youths and parents in the community during Youth Crime Prevention Week in 2009-2010. She has also attended trial advocacy training at the National Advocacy Center.
Vanessa speaks Spanish fluently and she serves as a board member of the Latino Communications Community Development Center, a non-profit organization developed to help remove cultural, ethnic and language barriers for low income citizens in our community.
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