Evan T. Shea


Evan Shea is an experienced trial and appellate attorney who focuses on complex commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense. Evan represents corporations and individuals in complex litigation involving commercial disputes, products liability, and corporate governance. He also assists clients with investigations by the Department of Justice and other federal and state agencies. Evan has substantial trial and courtroom experience, having litigated dozens of civil and criminal cases in federal court and briefed and argued numerous federal appeals.

Evan served as an assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Maryland, from 2012 to 2017, where he led the Maryland Financial Crimes Task Force, and prosecuted a variety of criminal and civil cases involving asset forfeiture, money laundering, fraud, tax, and bank secrecy act violations. From 2015 to 2017, Evan served as chief of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section of the U.S. Attorney's Office, where he had statewide responsibility for overseeing federal asset forfeiture and money laundering matters.

Prior to his time as an assistant U.S. Attorney, Evan was an associate at a law firm in Washington, DC, where he represented corporations and individuals in investigations by the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Congress, and the Food and Drug Administration.


Government Experience

  • Assistant United States Attorney, United States Department of Justice, District of Maryland
  • Chief, Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section, U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland

Representative Matters

  • Represented a law firm in a federal public corruption investigation into alleged bribery of a state official by two law firm partners. Prepared firm attorneys and employees for trial, analyzed complex privilege issues, and represented the firm's interests during a 4-week trial of the partners. The law firm was not charged
  • Represented the head grower of a medicinal marijuana company in an investigation by the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission into alleged regulatory violations
  • Assisted a software company with an internal investigation of allegations reported in trade media of potential security lapses in the development and sales of a critical cybersecurity software program. Key customers were briefed on the conclusion that allegations proved incorrect
  • Representing pro bono a class of prisoners challenging the use of permanent solitary confinement on Florida's death row
  • Successfully represented a post-confirmation litigation trust in adversary proceeding in bankruptcy court against former management insiders of the Extended Stay hotel companies for breach of fiduciary duties related to management fees and dividend distributions. O'Connor, et al. v. DL-DW Holdings, LLC, et al., Adv. Pro. No. 11-02254 (Garrity, J.)




  • J.D. University of Virginia School of Law 2007
  • A.B. Princeton University 2004

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia

Clerk Experience

  • Honorable Benson E. Legg U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, Criminal Justice Act Felony Panel, United States District Court for the District of Maryland


  • The Best Lawyers in America,
    • Commercial Litigation, 2023 – 2024
    • Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2023 – 2024