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Chris Shea

Chris Shea

Attorney at Law

Columbus
Ohio
Licensed in
OH
University of
Virginia
School of Law
About
Chris Shea has a wide range of experience, including transactional work, complex commercial litigation and other advocacy work, and government service and public interest work.

Chris's practice involves providing counsel on business transactions, litigation, and risk management.
24
Years
experience
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Work History

Shea Law LLC

Member

Dec 2014 - Present

The firm can assist with matters such as the following: business formations; contract review, drafting, and negotiation; public records requests under Ohio's Public Records Act, either in the context of making a request or responding to a request, and records retention; risk management; pre-litigation counseling; mediation; commercial litigation; and litigation involving state and local entities. The firm is also available to assist as part of multi-firm litigation teams.

Contact information:

Chris Shea, Shea Law LLC, 175 S. 3rd St., Suite 200, Columbus, Ohio 43215, 614.484.7084 (phone), 614.386.1547 (fax), cs@shealawoh.com, www.shealawoh.com.

Dec 2014 - Present

Office of the Ohio Secretary of State

Administrative Counsel (previously Public Records/Corporations Counsel)

Jan 2010 - Jun 2014

In-house counsel for the office in two administrations. I served as the principal drafter of commercial agreements involving the office, and provided legal support on various issues, including: questions that arose in connection with the operation of the agency's Business Services Division, which handles corporate and Uniform Commercial Code filings, commissions and licenses; and election litigation and other litigation involving the office. I also served as the principal point of contact with the public for records requests, most of which involved election and voter registration issues.

Jan 2010 - Jun 2014

Christopher Shea, Attorney at Law, LLC

Member

Mar 2006 - Dec 2009

Commercial law practice with an emphasis in representation of individuals and small- and medium-sized businesses in transactional matters. Matters also included zoning and lobbying work.

Mar 2006 - Dec 2009

Cardinal Health

Contract Attorney

Aug 2007 - Sep 2009

Contract review, drafting, and negotiation; assistance with the implementation of a company-wide contract management system; M&A due diligence. Placed through Robert Half Legal. Dates reflect beginning and end dates of all work for Cardinal Health, which was not continuous.

Aug 2007 - Sep 2009

Squire Sanders

Senior Attorney

Mar 2003 - Jan 2006

Complex commercial litigation, including litigation related to Chapter 11 proceedings, disputes under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), and contract disputes.

Mar 2003 - Jan 2006

Ohio Attorney General's Office

Assistant Attorney General

Oct 2002 - Jan 2003

Represented the Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio in litigation.

Oct 2002 - Jan 2003

Squire Sanders

Special Counsel

Mar 2001 - Jul 2002

Complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis in ERISA disputes and contract disputes.

Mar 2001 - Jul 2002

Squire Sanders

Special Associate

May 2000 - Sep 2000

Assisted firm’s Cleveland litigation practice group with a large bankruptcy case in Phoenix. At that time, it was the largest non-profit bankruptcy in U.S. history.

May 2000 - Sep 2000

Ohio Department of Development

Assistant Chief Legal Counsel

Oct 1999 - Apr 2000

Emphasis in drafting commercial loan agreements for the Ohio Housing Finance Agency.

Oct 1999 - Apr 2000

US Securities and Exchange Commission

Attorney-Adviser

Jul 1998 - Feb 1999

Emphasis in drafting notices and orders concerning rule changes for self-regulatory organizations.

Jul 1998 - Feb 1999

The Legal Aid Society of Columbus

Staff Attorney

Sep 1997 - Feb 1998

Emphasis in domestic relations work.

Sep 1997 - Feb 1998

United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

Law Clerk to U.S. Magistrate Judge James D. Thomas

Mar 1995 - Aug 1997

Drafted opinions and orders for review by the Court, with an emphasis in Social Security Disability/Supplemental Security Income cases and habeas corpus cases. Served as the Magistrate Judge's first law clerk.

Mar 1995 - Aug 1997

Ohio State Legal Services Association/Southeastern Ohio Legal Services

Volunteer Attorney

Sep 1994 - Feb 1995

Research at the Columbus office in support of impact litigation and direct service work at the Chillicothe office.

Sep 1994 - Feb 1995

Squire Sanders

Associate

Aug 1993 - Jun 1994

Commercial real estate and M&A work.

Aug 1993 - Jun 1994

Squire Sanders

Summer Associate

May 1992 - Aug 1992

Corporate law and litigation.

May 1992 - Aug 1992

Shaw Pittman Potts & Trowbridge

Summer Associate

May 1991 - Aug 1991

Banking law and litigation.

May 1991 - Aug 1991

VNU Business Information Services, Inc.

Assistant to the General Counsel

Aug 1988 - Aug 1990

Assisted a two attorney in-house legal department with the provision of a range of legal services to VNU BIS and its subsidiaries.

Aug 1988 - Aug 1990

Arnold & Porter

Legal Assistant

Jun 1987 - Jun 1988

Supported FDA and litigation practice groups.

Jun 1987 - Jun 1988

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