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James T. Plunkett

James T. Plunkett

Senior Partner
Augusta, Georgia

  Jim Plunkett was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia, attended local public schools and graduated from Westside High School in 1980.  He attended Augusta College (now Augusta State University) and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1984 with a BBA in Finance.  Mr. Plunkett attended the University of Georgia School of Law, receiving the book award in Partnership Tax and graduating cum laude in 1987. 

  Upon graduation from law school Mr. Plunkett began practicing law with his father, Paul Plunkett.  Subsequently, Steve Shepard joined their practice and the firm was renamed Plunkett, Shepard & Plunkett, the predecessor to Shepard, Plunkett, Hamilton & Boudreaux, LLP.

  From the beginning of his practice, Mr. Plunkett has focused on business related issues involving commercial and residential real estate, corporate and business law, franchise agreements, and bankruptcy matters as well as assisting individuals in estate and probate matters and related litigation.  Most recently, he has expanded his practice to include municipal law matters, particularly those involving economic development.

  Mr. Plunkett is a member of the Augusta, Georgia and American bar associations, having served as Treasurer of the Augusta Bar Association in 1996 and 1997.  He currently serves on the boards of the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce, Augusta Symphony League, and the Augusta Alumni Association and is also a member of First Baptist Church of Augusta and the Exchange Club of Augusta.  A graduate of Leadership Augusta, Mr. Plunkett has previously been a member of or served on the board of the Girls Scouts, the Family Counseling Center of Augusta and  Historic Augusta.  

  Mr. Plunkett is also an instructor in the Hull School of Business at Augusta State University, having taught classes in Estate Planning, Business Law and the Legal Environment of Business.

  Mr. Plunkett and his wife, Mary Anne, have three daughters and live in Augusta.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1987

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate
  • Real Estate
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Municipal Bond Financing
  • Franchise
  • Commercial
  • Probate
  • Business
  • Business Litigation
  • Torts and Wrongful Death
  • Bankruptcy

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1987


  • University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia
    • J.S. cum laude - 1987
  • University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
    • BBA - 1984
    • Major: Finance

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Augusta Bar Association, 1987 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia, 1987 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Augusta Bulldog Club, Member, Board of Directors
  • Augusta Symphony League, Member, Board of Directors
  • Augusta Exchange Club
  • UGA Augusta Alumni Association, Member, Board of Directors

Ancillary Businesses

  • Augusta State University, Hull School of Business - Part Time Faculty Member


  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Delta Tau Delta
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