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Patrick Gaherity Shea

Workers compensation Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1996
    Active No misconduct found

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About Patrick

Learn Patrick’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Workers compensation
    All work injuries in California.

    24 years, 7,500 cases

  2. Car accident

    28 years

  3. Personal injury
    All aspects of personal injury, including car accidents, catastrophic injuries, dog bits, products liability, and construction site injuries.

    28 years, 5,000 cases

  4. Slip and fall accident

    28 years

  5. Animal and dog bites

    28 years

San Diego Attorney Patrick Shea is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego where he was valedictorian and graduated Summa Cum Laude as the top-ranked student of his class. He received American Jurisprudence Awards an astonishing 13 times during his studies. Mr. Shea began his legal career as a law clerk for San Diego Superior Court Judge Charles R. Hayes and has been practicing law since 1996.

After law school, he first gained a position as an attorney at a products liability law firm and aggressively pursued claims against a large manufacturer of a tainted vitamin supplement. Those matters where litigated all throughout the country and resulted in seven-figure recoveries.

Following the practice of products liability law, Mr. Shea established himself as a defense attorney for some of the largest insurance companies in the country. This exposure to insurance defense practice provides him with unique insight and strategies for managing injury claims. He now uses the experience of working for insurance companies for the benefit of the people and organizations that he represents. Seeing these cases from the insurance company perspective has proven to be a tremendous asset to his clients.

As a result of his experience, Mr. Shea is highly skilled and effective at negotiating with insurance companies for the best interests of his clients. He has developed healthy working relationships with many insurance companies and their law firms. Thus, he is able to shrewdly negotiate fair and equitable settlements for his clients. When such settlements are not possible, he is a tenacious litigator with extensive courtroom experience and history of success.

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Law Office of Patrick G. Shea
3838 Camino Del Rio N
Suite 214
San Diego, CA, 92108

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5.0 / 5.0
  7 customer reviews
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Posted by Enrique | May 24, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great Law Office
They handled my workers compensation case. It was a relatively small case but they were willing to answer my questions and help me anytime I had questions throughout the long process. The paralegal Kenji always replied to my emails quickly and helped me out with any questions I had.
Posted by Michael | August 18, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Phenomenal Attorney
Been working with Pat for nearly 7 years and any legal question or concern I go straight to him. He always has the best answer for my situation and is willing to help at all times.
Posted by Rich | February 13, 2014
excellent attorney
Pat has taken care of several items for me and has always performed flawlessly. I would recomend him to anyone and have refered family and friends.
Posted by Matt | February 13, 2014
Professional lawyer
Pat has assisted me on multiple occasions over the last 10 years, on matters both small and large. In each case, he has been absolutely professional, knowledgeable, and over-communicated (which is important on legal matters!). I cannot recommend he and his firm enough.
Posted by Jamie Kiskis | February 12, 2014
Highly Recommended
I have known Patrick for over 20 years and he has always been on top of his game. Detailed, knowledgeable, highly motivated, personable, competitive, strong willed and honorable. I highly recommend him as a person and an attorney.
Posted by Tim | February 12, 2014
Very professional and wise counsel
Pat is my "go to" lawyer for just about everything short of securities law. I know some people want to see all 5-star ratings, so the 4 stars for knowledge may have some concerned. Well, please know that no lawyer knows it all -- there is simply too much ground to cover. What Pat does really well when he doesn't know something is either find answers or refer accordingly. On a personal level, Pat is easy going, to the point, and very sharp. Combine that with great counsel and you have yourself a very trustworthy lawyer. I know lawyers, have worked with >100 over my career. Pat's in the upper 90%.
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Posted by michael | February 12, 2014
Good Council is hard to find, click on Shea if you want it done right..
Patrick Shea has been my attorney for over 10 years, I highly recommend Patrick and his firm to anyone who is looking for a thorough, take charge, and expedient attorney/firm. Patrick's staff is helpful, and very respectful of clients and the particular case/situation (s). I can't be specific on any particular case, as we have had 20 or more in the past years, and the specifics are not for public knowledge. However, I can say that wether it was representing me or my company in trying to recover a bad debt (large dollar), representing our company in a corp litigation, or setting up particular entities in C.A., Patrick and his firm have always exceeded our expectations, and in todays market place you can't really say that about all of your business partners.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-400 per hour
  • Contingency 15%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Patrick G. Shea
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner/Owner
  • MItchell & Shea APC
  • 1999 - 2015
  • Law Clerk for Judge Charles R. Hayes
  • San Diego Superior Court
  • 1996 - 1996


  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • San Diego State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992


  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • California Applicants' Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • San Diego Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Top Lawyers in California
  • American Lawyer Media
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyers In California
  • American Lawyer Media
  • 2013
  • Structured Settlement Award
  • Ringler Associates
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

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Personal injury Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Pat is a terrific attorney with a stellar reputation. He is well-respected not only by other attorneys, but also by the judges he routinely appears before. I have referred cases in the past to him and will not hesitate to refer cases to him in the future. I highly recommend him."
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