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Curtis Shipley represents clients in a variety of litigation matters, including complex commercial disputes and construction defect, products liability, and environmental litigation.  He also advises clients who are investigating, remediating, and monitoring contamination at closed landfills and other environmental sites.  Most recently, Mr. Shipley’s environmental work has focused on the challenges posed by emerging contaminants.  In addition, Mr. Shipley advises clients concerning manufacturing, distribution, land use, and confidentiality agreements, and the management of risks associated with product lines and business operations.

Mr. Shipley obtained his bachelor’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 1985.  While a student at Northwestern, he completed internships as a reporter at daily and weekly newspapers, and served as the publisher of Byline, Northwestern’s Journalism Review.  Mr. Shipley then graduated with high distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1988.  He served as Articles Editor of the Iowa Law Review and was a semi-finalist in the Van Oosterhout Moot Court competition.

After law school, Mr. Shipley served as a law clerk for the Honorable Myron H. Bright of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.  He then practiced for three years with Sidley & Austin in Washington, D.C., and for twelve years with Moore & Van Allen PLLC in Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina.  Mr. Shipley joined Ellis & Winters LLP as a partner in June 2004.  He practices in the firm’s Greensboro office.

Awards and Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Construction Law, Environmental Law, Environmental Litigation (2018-2020)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine, Business Litigation, Construction Litigation, Environmental Litigation (2012-2020)
  • Business North Carolina, Legal Elite, Litigation, (2011, 2012, 2014)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
    • Section of Litigation
    • Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
    • Forum on Construction Law
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Construction Law Section
    • Environmental, Energy &Natural Resources Law Section
    • Litigation Section
  • DRI
    • Commercial Litigation Section
    • Construction Law Section
    • Construction Defect Section
    • Construction Insurance Coverage Section
    • Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Committee
    • Product Liability Committee
    • Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee
  • National MS Society (Greater Carolinas Chapter)
    • Member of Board of Trustees (2018-2019)


Effective Writing and Editing in the In-House Legal Environment; Research Triangle Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, September 21, 2016

Overview of Past, Pending, and Denied Construction-Related MDLs; Harris Martin Construction Product Liability Conference, October 25, 2013

Prior Legal Experience

  • Partner, Moore & Van Allen PLLC, 1998-2004
  • Associate, Moore & Van Allen PLLC, 1992-1997
  • Associate, Sidley & Austin, 1989-1992
  • Clerkship, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Hon. Myron H. Bright, 1988-1989