James A. Shipe



Jim Shipe is a real estate lawyer who counsels investors, developers and corporate clients in the acquisition, financing, leasing and sale of real estate assets. Jim’s experience includes single asset and large portfolio transactions for office, mixed-use and multifamily properties.

Jim was formerly an attorney with an Am Law 200 firm. Prior to entering private practice as a lawyer, Jim worked as a structural engineer at URS Corporation in Washington D.C., where he handled various government projects, including the Standard Embassy Design for the US Department of State, the renovation of the National Archives, and the design of a large aircraft hangar and maintenance facility for the Tennessee Air National Guard.

His work as a structural engineer helps him ask salient questions and understand practical objectives and concerns regarding a project, contributing to his ability to provide better legal protection for clients.


Kid Power, Inc.
Member, Board of Directors (2016 - Present)
Kid Power, Inc. is a non-profit that inspires youth leadership by promoting academic advancement, physical and emotional wellness, and positive civic engagement in underserved public schools in the District of Columbia, offering free after-school and summer programs to elementary and middle school students.


  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland


  • Stanford Law School  (J.D., 2007)
  • Pennsylvania State University  (Master’s in Architectural Engineering (M.A.E.), 2002)
  • Pennsylvania State University  (Bachelor’s in Architectural Engineering (B.A.E.), summa cum laude, 2002)