Michael M. Shea



Founder since 1966
San Jose, California
(888) 989-SHEA
(408) 883-3457
(888) 989-7432
(408) 292-1264

Michael M. Shea founded the Shea Law Firm in 1966 and is one of California’s most knowledgeable personal injury attorneys representing injured persons and their families in complex and catastrophic injury cases. He is certified as a trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and recognized trial lawyer in the fields of personal injury and products liability by the Consumer Attorneys of California. His specialties include neuro law, product liability, industrial accidents, wrongful death, and bad faith insurance claims.

The general circumstances of the traumatic event are numerous and include motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents, injury from unsafe or defective products, toxic exposure, amusement park accidents, motorcycle accidents, roadway design cases, to identify a few.

Mr. Shea practices in State and Federal courts primarily within the state of California, however, he has also represented injured persons in the states of Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Utah.

In addition to his numerous professional activities, Mr. Shea has also been a faculty member at the Stanford University School of Law (Stanford Advocacy Center, 1994) and taught seminars for Consumer Attorneys of California and the Santa Clara County Bar Association Trial Advocacy College.

Areas of Practice

  • Aviation
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents — Plaintiff
  • Personal Injury — Plaintiff
  • Products Liability Law
  • Toxic Torts
  • Wrongful Death

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1966
  • Washington, 1966
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
    • J.D. – 1965
    • Law Review: Santa Clara University School of Law Review, Associate Editor, 1964 – 1965
  • Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California
    • B.S. – 1959
    • Major: Political Science/Philosophy


  • Teacher, Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Teacher, Santa Clara County Bar Association Trial Advocacy College
  • Faculty Member, Stanford University School of Law, 1994

Honors and Awards

  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Lifetime Member

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Trial Board of Trial Advocacy
  • American Association for Justice
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Board of Governors, 1981 – 1985
  • Santa Clara Trial Lawyers Association, Past President, 1980

Pro Bono Activities

  • Judge Pro Tempore, Santa Clara County Superior Court
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice

Shea & Shea - A Professional Law Corporation 2007 West Hedding Street
Suite 100
San Jose, CA 95128

P.: 888-989-7432
Fax: 408-292-1264
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