James J Shea


Jim Shea is a partner in the Fort Wayne, Indiana office. He practices in the area of general insurance litigation, with an emphasis on defending complex personal injury matters, professional malpractice defense and civil rights litigation. Mr. Shea received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Kings College in 1981 followed by his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1984.

Practice Emphasis

◾General Insurance Defense Litigation

Professional Associations and Memberships

◾Allen County Bar Association
◾Indiana State Bar Association

Bar Admissions

◾Indiana State Bar
◾U. S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
◾U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit


◾King’s College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1981
◾Valparaiso University School of Law, J.D., 1984

Additional Experience / Awards

  • Indiana Super Lawyer
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Top Lawyers in Indiana
  • Best Lawyers in Fort Wayne (Defense Lawyer of the Year)
  • Note Editor, Valparaiso University Law Review
  • Recipient, Charles Vaughn Award for “Excellence in Trial Advocacy” (Valaparaiso University Law School)
  • Volunteer Deputy Prosecutor in Allen County (1999 - 2001)
  • Federal Public Defender Panel Attorney (1992 - 1998)
  • Counsel to the Three Rivers Festival Board of Directors (1997 - 2000)
  • Pro Bono Award, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • Eastern College Athletic Conference, Scholar Athlete Award
  • NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship (King's College Basketball) 

Reported Cases

Recent Jury trials Include:

  •  Leverette V. Little turtle Hillcrest Bowl, Inc. d/b/a Little turtle Hillcrest Bowling Alley, in the Allen Superior Court, Cause No. 02D01-0305-CT-192 (Plaintiffs requested $10 million in closing—Defense Verdict)
  •  Charmaine R. Minniefield, Individually and as Mother and next Friend for Rayven Minniefield-Bryant and Cienna Minniefield, minors, and Deniece Woodson v. Northern Indiana Public Service Company, a/k/a Nipsco, and Nisource, Inc., and John S. Bloom, as Personal Representative of Fred J. Zurbrick, Deceased, in the Allen Superior Court, Cause No. 02D01-0203CT-104 (Plaintiffs requested 1.4 million in closing—Defense Verdict.)
  •  Hollingsworth v. Spencer and IBEW local 668 Title Holding Corporation, White Superior Court, Cause No. 91D01-1204-CT-011, Admitted Liability TBI case (plaintiff requested $20 million in closing - $100,000 verdict) 
  • Lance v. Kim Hill Inc. d/b/a Coody Browns, Bill and Casey's Landing Inc., Wayne R. Hillier, Edward Kimmel, Daniel P. Isenhart, Harold Barkdull, JS Lawn Care and Scott Gingerich. LaGrange Circuit Court, Cause No. 44C01-1206-CT-010 (fall from pier into lake water with substantial leg fracture and infection - defense verdict)
Reported Decisions Include: 
  • Goodwin v. Yeakle's Sports Bar and Grill, Inc. 62 N.E. 2d 384 (Ind 2016) (benchmark decision in which the Indiana Supreme Court changed the analysis in determining the duty of a landowner or business: summary judgment for the bar in "triple shooting" affirmed) 

Contact James

Fort Wayne Office
803 South Calhoun, 9th Floor
P.O. Box 11489
Fort Wayne, IN 46858-1489