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John C. Shea

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Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Richmond, VA

Marks & Harrison
1500 Forest Avenue, Suite 100
Richmond, VA 23229
Phone: 804-282-0999
Fax: 804-288-1853
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2022
Licensed in Virginia Since: 1977
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
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John C. Shea is an accomplished personal injury attorney and partner at the law firm of Marks & Harrison in Richmond, Virginia. He was first admitted to practice in Virginia in 1977 and has gone on to build a strong reputation since then. 

Over his career spanning over 45 years, Mr. Shea has supported a diverse range of clients across his region who have been injured due to slip-and-fall accidents, animal attacks, nursing home neglect, car accidents, bicycle and pedestrian accidents, and tractor-trailer and semi-truck accidents. He also assists with Social Security Disability and workers’ compensation cases. 

Known in the legal community for his commitment and in-depth legal knowledge, Mr. Shea has secured millions of dollars in total compensation and restitution on behalf of his plaintiff clients. Some of his representative results have included a $12 million compensation for a client who was paralyzed in a garbage truck wreck, an`$11 million verdict for a woman who sustained a traumatic brain injury, a $10 million settlement for a client injured in a railroad accident and a $7 million compensation for a client injured in a drunk driving accident.

A former president of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Mr. Shea is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. He is an active member of the American Association for Justice, the American Board of Trial Advocates and The Virginia Bar Association. He also served as a board member of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association and the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America.

A cum laude bachelor’s graduate of Wake Forest University, Mr. Shea earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond School of Law in 1977. He has been honored in many ways for adding more value to the legal community. He was included in the 2010 Legal Elite list by the Virginia Business magazine and was offered the “Lawyer of the Year” award in product liability litigation by Best Lawyers in 2010. He was also listed among the Leaders in the Law by Virginia Lawyers Weekly in 2017.

A talented speaker and writer, Mr. Shea has appeared as a guest speaker at several national conferences and presented at multiple continuing legal education seminars across the United States. Moreover, he has written a number of articles on a wide range of personal injury matters for many esteemed publications. 

Practice Areas
  • 80%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Medical Malpractice

Selections

17 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2022

Certificates and Credentials

About John C. Shea

First Admitted: 1977, Virginia

Professional Webpage: https://www.marksandharrison.com/marks-harrison/our-professi...

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • “Effective and Ethical Witness Preparation for Depositions”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention
  • Guest Speaker on Personal Injury at the 27th Annual “Bridge The Gap” Seminar for the Virginia Bar Association
  • Speaker at ABA’s 31st National Conference on Professional Responsibility: Advertising Our Profession – The Good, The Bad And The Ugly; Chicago, Illinois
  • Moderator, Marketing Round Table, Solo & Small Firm Conference of Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association CLE Committee; Chairman
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Tort Law Seminar; Seminar Chairman
  • Chairman, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Retreat on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
  • “Truck Driver Qualifications”, Co-Authored Presentation with Ryan T. Walker at 2017 Tractor Trailer Litigation Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Seminar
  • “Role Of Plaintiff’s Counsel” Presentation at the 2008 Paradigm Summit East of Nurse Case Managers
  • Presentation on “Marketing Tips For The Solo And Small Firm Lawyer” with John Remsen at the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association 2008 Solo and Small Firm Retreat
  • “Heavy Vehicles in Heavy Weather”, The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • “How to investigate Tractor-Trailer Accidents” The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association: Online
  • “Proving Non-Pecuniary Losses Of Beneficiaries In A Wrongful Death Case,” The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • ”Mediation: Make Love, Not War,” The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • “Fibromyalgia: The Rodney Dangerfield Of Medical Diagnosis,” Presentation at Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Seminar
  • “A Practical Guide to Persuasive Opening Statements,” The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • ”Trial Themes for the Injured Plaintiff”
  • “Day-in-the-Life Videos: How to Make Sure the Jury Sees it All”
  • “Opening Statement for the Plaintiff,” Presentation at the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Advocacy Seminar
  • Presentation on “Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy & Fibromyalgia” at the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Medical Seminar
  • “Multi-Media In Mediation,” Solo & Small Firm Conference of Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • “Maximize Efficiency With Night And Weekend Staff,” American Association for Justice’s Small Office Practice Session Newsletter
  • “Hot Topics In Evidence,” Presentation at the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Evidence Seminar
  • “The Play’s The Thing,” CLE Panel Discussion, Young Trial Lawyers Section of the Richmond Bar Association, Presented with Dr. David Ball
  • “Opening Statement,” Presentation at the Richmond Bar Association’s Trial Tips and Strategies from the Masters
  • “Handling Tractor Trailer Cases From Intake Through Discovery,” Practice Pointers, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Tractor Trailer Collision Retreat
  • “Computer Animation: Dealing With the Stealth Witness,” The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • “Role of Defense Neuropsychologists Should Be Limited Under Virginia Evidence Law,” The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Trial Lawyers Association “Getting Your Name Out With or Without Media Advertising,” Presentation to the Young Trial Lawyers Section of Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • ”Understanding Fibromyalgia Syndrome,” The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • “Preparing Your Client for Mediation,” Presentation to the Richmond Bar Association
  • “Marketing for the Small Law Firm,” Presentation at the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Practice Management Seminar
  • “Focus Groups and Supplemental Jury Questionnaires,” Presentation at the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Advocacy Seminar
  • A Guide to the Preparation and Trial of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Cases, Published by the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • “CYA: When Your Client Won’t Settle,” The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • “Personal Injury by the Numbers,” The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • “A Lawyer’s Guide to Mediation Preparation,” Presentation at the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Convention
  • “How Insurance Companies Evaluate and Negotiate Settlement of Automobile Accident Cases – What the Attorney Can Do To Maximize Recovery,” The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, (Co-authored with Robert J. Arthur)
  • “Use of Neuropsychologists as Expert Witnesses,” The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • “Ethical Considerations in Solicitation in Virginia,” The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • “Pre-Trial Procedures,” Richmond Bar Association Bench Bar Panelist
  • “Demonstrative Evidence,” Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Speaker
  • “Advertising Regulation in Virginia,” Presentation to the Virginia Beach Bar Association
  • “Settling Auto Accident Cases,” Panel Moderator, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • “Medical Expense Coverage From the Plaintiff’s Perspective,” VADA/VSCA Presentation
  • “New Ideas for Presentation of Damage Data,” Presentation at Southern Trial Lawyers Association Conference
  • “The Lawyer’s Role; Truck Accident Litigation Second Edition, ABA
  • Investigating Tractor-Trailer Wrecks
  • Marketing For Law Firms
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Expert Witness 101: Preparing For & Making the Most of the Experience
  • Handling a Tractor Trailer Case: The Team Approach
  • "The Lawyer's Role; Truck Accident Litigation Second Edition," ABA; "Use of Neuropsychologists as Expert Witnesses," The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association; "A Lawyer's Guide to Mediation Preparation," Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Convention; "Personal Injury by the Numbers," The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association; "A Guide to the Preparation and Trial of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Cases," The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association; "Focus Groups and Supplemental Jury Questionnaires," Presentation at the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Advocacy Seminar; "Understanding Fibromyalgia Syndrome," The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association; "How to Investigate Tractor Trailer Accidents," The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association: Online; "The Play's the Thing," CLE Panel Discussion, Young Trial Lawyers Section of the Richmond Bar Association, Presented with Dr. David Ball; "Multi-Media In Mediation," Solo & Small Firm Conference of Virginia Trial Lawyers Association; "Reflex Sympathetic Dystophy & Fibromyalgia" Presentation at the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Medical Seminar; Speaker at ABA's 31st National Conference on Professional Responsibility: Advertising Our Profession - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly; "Trial Themes for the Injured Plaintiff"

Educational Background

  • Wake Forest University, Cum Laude

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, President, 2001 – 2002
  • The Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, National Advisory Board
  • Boyd-Graves Conference, 1996 to 2009
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association, Board Member
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American Association for Justice, State Delegate, 2004-2005

Honors/Awards

  • Best Lawyers, 2005-Present
  • 2021 Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” – Product Liability Litigation
  • Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, 2019
  • Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame by Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2020
  • Leader in the Law by Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2017
  • Virginia Business’ “Legal Elite” (2010)
  • Achieved Highest Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Virginia Super Lawyers (Top 10 in Virginia 2013, Top 50 in Richmond 2015, 2017)
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Office Location for John C. Shea

1500 Forest Avenue
Suite 100
Richmond, VA 23229

Phone: 804-282-0999

Fax: 804-288-1853

Last Updated: 4/1/2022

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