James Shortt

James Shortt

Lawyer

Janet Murrell, Esq.

Janet Murrell, Esq.

Lawyer

Melissa W. Spence

Melissa W. Spence

Legal Assistant

Jessie Gallimore

Jessie Gallimore

Legal Assistant

Our Staff

Jim Shortt

Jim Shortt, a native of Floyd County, has been practicing law since 1988.  He 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 practicing law in Richmond, Virginia for several years, including five years as an Assistant Attorney General, Jim opened his own firm in Floyd in 1995.  In addition to being qualified Commissioner in Chancery for the 27th Judicial Circuit and Commissioner of Accounts for Floyd County, he is counsel to numerous businesses, corporations and organizations, and sits on the Board of Skyline National Bank and its holding company, Parkway Acquisition, Corp.

Education:

  • 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

Practice Areas:

  • Real Estate
  • Corporate Law
  • Wills, Trusts and Estates
  • General Litigation
  • Local Government Law
  • Communications Law

Affiliations:

  • Member, Virginia State Bar
  • Past President, Floyd County Bar Association
  • Director and Assistant Chairman of the Board, Skyline National Bank
  • Director of Floyd County Angels Ministries, Inc.

Contact Information

Address: Floyd Office
Phone: 540-745-3131
Fax: 540-745-2999
Email: jwshortt@floyd-law.com

Janet Murrell, Esq.

Janet Murrell is a native of North Carolina, moved to Carroll County in 2013.  She joined James W. Shortt & Associates, PC as an Associate Attorney in 2015 and became partner with James Shortt in 2021.  Her practice areas include real estate transactions and other civil matters involving real estate.

She began her professional career as an engineer with a manufacturing plant in Hillsville. She then decided to attend law school and was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 2013. 

She and her husband, Isaac, have two children.

Education:

  • Charlotte School of Law: Juris Doctor, 2012
  • North Carolina State University: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, 2002

Practice Areas:

  • Real Estate
  • Wills, Trusts, and Estates
  • Civil Litigation
  • Business and Corporate Law

Affiliations:

  • Member, Virginia State Bar
  • Member, Floyd County Bar Association

Contact Information

Address: Floyd Office
Phone: (540) 745-3131
Fax: (540) 745-2999
Email: jmurrell@floyd-law.com

Melissa W. Spence

Legal Assistant

Melissa is a Floyd County resident and graduate of Floyd County High School. She has 34 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 seven grandchildren.

Email: mspence@floyd-law.com

Jessie Gallimore

Legal Assistant

Jessie is a native of Floyd County, she currently lives in the Alum Ridge section of Floyd County. She is a 1998 graduate of Floyd County High School. Prior to joining the firm in 2006, Jessie was legal assistant for the firm of Stephanie Murray Shortt, P.C. Her father Robert Boswell, is a retired Floyd County attorney.

Jessie has more than 15 years’ experience as a legal assistant and 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.

Email: jgallimore@floyd-law.com

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Why Choose Us

We pride ourselves on providing quality legal representation with a small-town feel.  Our staff has years of experience and always strives to provide our clients with the personal and efficient customer service that they have come to expect.

Our firm generally accepts clients from Floyd County and immediate surrounding counties.  We also handle closings in the following counties:  Floyd County, Carroll County, Pulaski County, Giles County, Patrick County, Franklin County, and others by special arrangement.

Our Philosophy

1

Committed to Excellence

We strive to provide the best possible representation and positive experience to all our clients in an efficient and timely manner.

2

Honest Communication

We are committed to effectively communicating with our clients throughout the length of our representation to provide the best advice based on our experience.

3

Community

As counsel for several local municipalities, our attorneys have a unique view of the pulse of the community and are committed to serving the needs of our small town.

Let’s Work Together