Shanda M. Yates

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Jackson, Mississippi

Burns & Associates, PLLC
Shanda M. Yates
Burns & Associates, PLLC

Practice Areas: Personal Injury

Licensed in Mississippi since: 2007

Education: Mississippi College School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2012, 2014 - 2021

Burns & Associates, PLLC

629 North Jefferson Street
Jackson, MS 39202 Visit website


Shanda M. Yates is an attorney with Burns & Associates, PLLC, who handles premises liability litigation for clients in Mississippi. Her practice also includes offshore and maritime accidents, car and truck wrecks, premises liability claims such as negligent security or slip-and-fall accidents, and workers’ compensation claims. For over five years, she has been named as a Leader in Law by the Mississippi Business Journal and a Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney Under 40 by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys.

With over a decade of experience, Ms. Yates is admitted to practice in Mississippi and before the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi. A published author, she has also taught classes for the National Business Institute and a joint seminar for the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association.

An honors graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi, Ms. Yates has a Bachelor of Arts in English earned in 2003. In 2007 she graduated cum laude as a dean’s list scholar from Mississippi College School of Law with a Juris Doctor. She was also a comment and case note editor of the Law Review for the Mississippi College School of Law during her time in school.

For her high ethical standards and long list of successful results, she holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell. In both federal and states courts, Ms. Yates is well-versed in removal jurisdiction and federal practice and procedure.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 100% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 2007, Mississippi

Professional Webpage:

  • Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys Under 40 (NAOPIA), 2014 - Present
  • Mississippi Business Journal "Leader in Law", 2014 - Present
  • Mid South Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2009 - 2012
  • Mid South Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2014 - Present
  • Dean's List Scholar, Mississippi College School of Law, 2007
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated attorney
  • American Jurisprudence Awards: Pre-Trial Practice and Advanced Torts, Mississippi College School of Law, 2007
  • Cum laude, Mississippi College School of Law, 2007
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Case Note/Comment Editor, Mississippi College School of Law Review, Mississippi College School of Law
  • Maintaining a Safe Premises, The Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association Newsletter, Spring, 2012
  • Request No. 1: Admit That You Are Not Seeking Damages in Excess of $75,000. Response: I'm Not Gonna and You Can't Make Me. Determining Whether the Amount in Controversy Requirement is Satisfied Based on Plaintiffs' Responses (or Lack Thereof) to Requests for Admission, The MDLA Quarterly, Vol. 32, No.2, 2008
  • Premises Liability: Recent Cases and Trends Mississippi Claims Association/ Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association Joint Seminar, 2011
  • Litigating Slip, Trip & Fall Cases in Mississippi, National Business Institute - June, 2013
  • Representing Your Client in Federal Court, National Business Institute - June, 2014
Educational Background:
  • University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, B.A., English, With Honors, 2003
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi, 2007
  • Mississippi, 2007

Office location for Shanda M. Yates

629 North Jefferson Street
Jackson, MS 39202

Phone: 601-500-7021


3 Years Super Lawyers
12 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2009 - 2012, 2014 - 2021

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