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James Shaffer

Associate Attorney

I am a personal injury attorney based in San Antonio, serving clients throughout Texas. At The Law Offices of Tyler & Peery, I devote my practice to a variety of personal injury issues, including medical malpractice, aviation accidents, motor vehicle accidents, nursing home abuse, toxic torts, and products liability. I also handle an array of litigation and appeals issues, as well as employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and workers’ compensation. At the firm, I devote about 75% of my practice to litigation.


  • St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas
    • J.D., 1988
  • The University of Texas
    • B.B.A., 1985

Past Employment Positions

  • Shaffer, Layton, Hannam & Luna, Partner

Honors & Awards

  • Distinguished Attorney, Martindale-Hubbell, 2018
  • Top 100 Verdicts in Texas,, 2017
  • Board Certified - Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2005

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • San Antonio Bar Association, Member
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association, Member

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board-Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1996
Industry Recognized
  • Top 100 Verdicts

    In 2017, Top 100 Verdicts recognized Dennis C. Peery, John N. Tyler, James Shaffer, and Anthony R. Garza-Vale as they had obtained a few of the highest Personal Injury jury verdicts in Texas.

  • Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

    Four of our attorneys are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a testament to our dedication and extensive personal injury experience.

  • Super Lawyers

    Founding partner Dennis Peery was selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers® in 2014 and has been reselected every year since 2016. No more than 5% of attorneys in Texas are selected to receive this honor.

  • American Board of Trial Advocates

    Attorney Dennis C. Peery, a founding partner at our firm, is a proud member and officer of the American Board of Trial Advocates. This organization is dedicated to improving the ethical and technical standards of practice in trial advocacy.

  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association

    All of our attorneys are proud members of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, which was founded in 1949 to empower trial attorneys throughout the state and help them provide outstanding representation to their clients.

  • AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

    Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ recognize attorneys for their legal services, experience, knowledge, and high ethical standards. This rating is based on client reviews and peer nominations.

  • San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association

    All of our attorneys are members – and some serve in leadership positions – of the San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association, an organization that connects fellow trial lawyers and promotes the public’s right to our courts and jury system.

  • The National Trial Lawyers

    The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 is a professional organization composed of the top trial lawyers from each state or region who are under the age of 40.

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    - John

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