Client Focus


Government Experience

  • Assistant Attorney General, Maryland

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1977
    Order of the Coif
  • A.B., cum laude, Princeton University, 1974

Judicial Clerkships

  • Honorable Joseph H. Young, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 1977 - 1978


  • Defense Research Institute

    Maryland Association of Defense Trial Counsel
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James L. Shea

Chairman Emeritus

Jim Shea, Venable's past chair, maintains an active practice focusing on corporate litigation.  A member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, he tries cases in both federal and state systems throughout the country.

Jim offers aggressive, thorough corporate counseling, litigation management and trial work.  Supported by a highly efficient staff, he regularly handles very large, complex matters.

Representative Clients

Jim’s clients include:
  • Marriott International, Inc.
  • M&T Bank 
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield 
  • Verizon
  • Software AG
  • Johns Hopkins University

He has also represented financial institutions, sports franchises, professional service firms and pharmaceutical companies in various commercial matters.

Significant Matters

Jim has both prosecuted and defended major corporations in securities class actions, contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and products liability cases. Particular matters have involved the ownership of professional sports franchises, software disputes, fiduciary duties, executive compensation, contract claims and alleged personal injury, and a number have required emergency injunctive relief.


Active in the community, Jim has held the following civic positions:
  • Chair, Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland
  • Chair, Central Maryland Transportation Alliance
  • Chair, Empower Baltimore Management Corporation
  • Chair, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore
  • Trustee, Hippodrome Foundation
  • Board Member, Greater Baltimore Committee
  • Board Member, Mercantile Bank Shares and Mercantile Bank & Trust
  • Board Member, Equal Justice Council
  • Trustee, Calvert School
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers