Corporate Counsel

James Shanman


James Shanman

Corporate Counsel, Founding Member

Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, Three Stamford Plaza, 301 Tresser Boulevard, Stamford, CT 06901


Jim Shanman is partner-in-charge of the Stamford Office of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP and a member of the firm’s Insurance and Reinsurance Department. He represents national and international clients in major insurance and reinsurance litigation and arbitration matters. He is an accomplished trial lawyer and has tried jury and non-jury cases in federal and state courts, administrative proceedings and numerous arbitrations throughout the United States, including acting as one of the lead counsel in one of the largest reinsurance arbitrations of all time. He has also acted as counsel in a number of mediations. His practice includes representation and counseling in matters involving both property and casualty and life and health reinsurance, insolvencies, coverage issues, agents and brokers, surety issues, and life insurance, as well as a variety of other insurance matters. He has also represented clients in complex commercial litigation involving a wide range of substantive areas, including contract disputes, securities, creditors’ rights, real estate, employment discrimination, publishing, advertising, franchising, fraud, and other business torts.

Jim has a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He is listed in the Euromoney’s Legal Group’s Guide to the world’s leading insurance and reinsurance lawyers, Chambers’ America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in American Law.

Jim has spoken and written frequently on insurance and reinsurance topics, has served as an editor, reviewer, or final reader for two leading reinsurance texts, and has been a member of various bar committees which deal with insurance. He is also an ARIAS·US certified arbitrator and has served as an arbitrator in numerous commercial arbitrations.

Jim is a member of the New York and Connecticut bars and the bars of a number of federal courts.