Lawrence W. Shea
Mr. Shea is a pioneer in helping clients forecast, control and contain litigation costs. He is the managing partner of the firm and is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. His practice emphasizes the strategic management of litigation, as well as serving as trial counsel in high exposure cases. Other primary focus areas include insurance coverage and bad faith, environmental and toxic tort litigation, and products liability with an emphasis on mass tort and class action litigation.
Mr. Shea is the coordinating counsel for the Northridge earthquake and toxic litigation for the third largest property and casualty insurance carrier in the United States. He also coordinates litigation for California wildfire and National Mold claims. In this capacity, Mr. Shea collaborates with the firm's clients in the strategic planning, financial budgeting, and forecasting of litigation exposures. He serves as the lead counsel for the client before the court and leads a team of outside counsel responsible for the defense of over 1,000 pending suits. Previous to this role, Mr. Shea was also involved in the coordination of the California Chromium VI environmental litigation against a Fortune 500 chemical manufacturer, as a member of the trial team, and as lead settlement negotiator and strategist in over 2,400 pending cases.
While leading the legal strategy for these mass tort situations, Mr. Shea identified a critical need to effectively manage all aspects of litigation, from financial projections and metrics, to technology for discovery support. His commitment to the strategic management of litigation led him to found two emerging growth companies: LitNeutral and MedNeutral. Both provide transparent and credible processes to manage all aspects of dispute resolution.
These patent-pending, groundbreaking methodologies hold the potential for transforming traditional litigation. For example, LitNeutral creates incentives for lawyers to protect, quantify and advocate for the efficient resolution of complex disputes. The result is enormous savings of money and human capital.
In addition, Mr. Shea frequently serves as counsel to the insurance industry in 17200 and class action litigation on a variety of institutional issues.
Areas Of Practice
- Personal Injury
- California, 1986
- U.S. District Court Southern District of California
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
- University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California - 1986
- Honors: cum laude
- University of California, San Diego, California
- B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1983
- Honors: Political Science & Economics
Professional Associations and Memberships
- San Diego Bar Association, Member, Ethics Committee
- San Diego Bar Association, Member, Medical-Legal Committee
- San Diego Bar Association, Member, Civil Litigation Code of Conduct Committee
- San Diego Defense Lawyers, Member