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James L. Shea Celebrated for Dedication in the Field of Legal Services

Mr. Shea holds the distinguished title of chairman emeritus on behalf of Venable LLP

James L. Shea has been named an Eminent Practitioner of General Commercial Litigation in Maryland by Chambers USA in 2017 and 2019.

    BALTIMORE, MD, November 27, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ -- James L. Shea has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

With over 40 years of experience as a lawyer, Mr. Shea has earned a lauded reputation. He has been a partner with Venable LLP since 1983 and from 1994 to 2017 he served as the firm's managing partner and chair. In the course of his career, he has handled major commercial litigation. His clients have included Johns Hopkins University, Marriott International, Inc., Verizon, Medical Mutual Liability Company, Software AG, and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, to name a few. Prior to his affiliation with Venable LLP, Mr. Shea served as an assistant attorney general of Maryland from 1981 to 1983, earning an Exceptional Service Award in 1982.

Mr. Shea began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph H. Young of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland from 1977 to 1978. He has contributed his time and energy to his community as chairman of a variety of organizations, including the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland, the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance, Empower Baltimore Management Corporation, and the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. He has also served as a board member of the Greater Baltimore Committee, Mercantile Bank Shares and Mercantile Bank & Trust, and the Equal Justice Council, a trustee of the Hippodrome Foundation and the Calvert School, and a Cornerstone Partner for the Legal Aid Bureau.

Before beginning his professional career, Mr. Shea graduated from Princeton University, with an AB in history, cum laude, in 1974. In 1977 he earned a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1977 and was elected to The Order of the Coif. Mr. Shea has been admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and Maryland.

A fellow of the American College of Trial, Mr. Shea has been recognized for his contributions to the field of corporate litigation. Notably, he has been named an Eminent Practitioner of General Commercial Litigation in Maryland by Chambers USA in 2017 and 2019. Mr. Shea has also been recognized among Benchmark Litigation's Local Litigation Stars in Maryland in 2019, Washington, D.C.'s Super Lawyers from 2014 to 2019, and Maryland Super Lawyers from 2008 to 2019.

Mr. Shea has also been honored for leadership and commitment by the House of Ruth in 2016, by the Whitney M. Young Jr. Memorial Award from the Greater Baltimore Urban League in 2014, and by the Leadership in Law Award from the Daily Record in 2002. Moreover, Mr. Shea has long enjoyed an AV peer reviewed rating through Martindale-Hubbell, a leading authority on attorney professionalism and quality in the United States.

Mr. Shea was initially inspired to enter the legal profession by his maternal grandfather, James J. Lindsey Jr. who was a lawyer and judge. The tradition has been passed down in his family, as two of his children are attorneys, and another is studying law. Attributing his success to a willingness to work hard, Mr. Shea hopes to continue practicing law and contributing to local organizations which enhance his community.

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