James W. Shortt, Esq.
Jim Shortt has been practicing law since 1988. He is a native of Floyd County, Virginia, his family having lived in the mountains in and near Floyd County for well over 200 years. Jim is admitted to practice before all State Courts in the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as the United States District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Virginia, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
After passing the Virginia Bar in 1988, Jim was an associate for two years in a Richmond law firm where he negotiated government contracts and litigated in federal and state courts in the eastern section of Virginia. From 1990 to 1995 he was an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia, assigned to the Civil Litigation, Real Estate and Construction Sections, where he represented colleges, universities and state agencies throughout the Commonwealth.
Jim opened his own firm in Floyd in 1995. He is Town Attorney for the Town of Floyd, counsel for the Floyd-Floyd County Public Service Authority, counsel for Citizens Telephone Cooperative, Commissioner of Accounts for Floyd County, a qualified Commissioner in Chancery and Guardian ad Litem for the 27th Judicial Circuit, and is counsel to numerous businesses, corporations and organizations in Floyd, Patrick, Montgomery and surrounding counties.
Jim is married to Stephanie Murray Shortt, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Floyd County.
University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law: Juris Doctor, 1988
(McNeil Academic Honor Society; Notes and Comments Editor, University of Richmond Law Review)
Virginia Tech: Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, 1985
(Fred Harris Award, Outstanding Senior in Political Science)
Wills, Trusts and Estates
Local Government Law
Member, Virginia State Bar
Past President, Floyd County Bar Association
Director and Assistant Chairman of the Board, Cardinal Bankshares Corp. (The Bank of Floyd)
Board Member, Floyd County Public Schools Foundation
Counsel, Floyd County Rescue Squad
Counsel, Jacksonville Cemetery
Trustee, Countyline Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery
Director of Floyd County Angels Ministries, Inc.
Address: Floyd Office
Charles R. Beller, III, Esq.
Represented numerous individuals as Plaintiff’s counsel in, wrongful death, personal injury and medical malpractice cases resulting in significant recoveries.
Represented hospitals in defense of medical malpractice cases.
Represented Physicians, Nurses, and Pharmacists before Virginia Regulatory Boards in matters involving regulation and licensing.
Represented individuals in group medical practices in matters related to employment and other practice issues.
Represented numerous companies in Federal and State litigation involving contract and other related disputes.
Represented numerous companies in complex litigation involving breaches of contract and other claims arising from failed software development, licensing and master services agreements in Federal Court resulting in injunctive relief and significant monetary recoveries.
University of Richmond, T. C. Williams School of Law: J. D., 1978
Virginia Tech: Bachelor of Arts, 1970
Admitted to the Bar, August, 1978
Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death
Health Care Law
Regulatory and Administrative Law
Alternative Dispute Resolution/Mediation/Arbitration
Member, Virginia State Bar
Active Member: Virginia Bar Association
Current Member, Advisory Board of The National Bank
Member, Health Care Law Section of the Virginia Bar Association
Member, Federal Bar Association, Roanoke Virginia Chapter
Member, Ted Dalton Chapter of the American Inns of Court
Past President, Radford-Montgomery Bar Association
Past Chair, Tenth District Disciplinary Committee of the Virginia State Bar
Past Adjunct Faculty, Virginia Tech, Radford University
Address: Christiansburg Office
Melissa W. Spence
Melissa is a Floyd County resident and graduate of Floyd County High School. She has 24 years of experience in the legal field. Before joining the firm in 2003, she worked as an Administrative Assistant to Warren G. Lineberry, Commonwealth’s Attorney of Floyd County and as a Legal Assistant with the firm of Warren G. Lineberry, Attorney, Inc.
Melissa assists in real estate and loan closings, Commissioner of Accounts work, estates, wills, and corporate and business matters. She also assists in telecommunications and municipal work.
She and her husband, Robert, have three sons and two grandchildren.
Amber G. Cockram
Amber is a life-long resident of Floyd County and a 1999 graduate of Floyd County High School. She is a 2002 graduate of Virginia Western Community College with an Associates Degree in Administrative Support Technology. Amber joined the firm in May of 2001.
Amber is a trained real estate title examiner and assists in real estate and loan closings. In addition, Amber also assists in business and corporate work, foreclosures and wills.
She and her husband, Bradly, have a daughter and a son.
Jessie lives in the Alum Ridge section of Floyd County. She is a 1998 graduate of Floyd County High School. Prior to joining the firm, Jessie was legal assistant for the firm of Stephanie Murray Shortt, P.C. Her father Robert Boswell, is a retired Floyd County attorney.
Jessie assists with litigation, both civil and criminal, and assists with wills, estates, and corporate, municipal and business work.
She and her husband, Matthew, have a son and a daughter
Janice is a resident of the Town of Floyd. Janice has over 30 years of experience in the legal field. Before joining the firm in 1999, she worked as a Legal Executive Assistant for the Firm of Williams, Kelly & Greer, P.C. in Norfolk, Virginia.
Janice assists in real estate and loan closings, conservation easements, wills and corporate and business work.
She and her husband, Larry, have two daughters and four grandchildren.