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ADAM Shea is a founding partner with Panish | Shea | Boyle | Ravipudi LLP in Los Angeles and a nationally recognized trial lawyer with extensive experience and success representing individuals and families in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases.

Shea specializes in bus and truck collisions involving other vehicles and pedestrians, accidents resulting from tire failures, rollovers of 15 passenger vans, trucks and utility vehicles, as well as cases involving claims of roof crush, defective fuel systems, defective restraint systems, seat back failures, child safety seat defects, airbag deployment failures, van conversion defects, and vehicle crashworthiness.

He has obtained some of the largest jury verdicts and settlements in California in these types of cases, and was an integral part of the trial team in Lampe v. Continental Tire that resulted in a $55.6 million verdict, the largest jury verdict in U.S. history in a lawsuit involving a defective tire. Shea also represents injured parties in cases involving commercial truck accidents, trash truck accidents, airplane accidents, helicopter crashes, train disasters, and governmental liability for dangerous condition of public property. He has achieved over 200 settlements and jury verdicts in excess of $1 million in these types of cases.

In April 2022, Shea obtained a $2,764,982 jury verdict for a man who suffered injuries to his foot after he was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street in West Hollywood, California. In February 2021 during the height of Covid-19 pandemic, Shea obtained a $39,500,000 settlement for college student Marissa Freeman who was catastrophically injured after suffering heat stroke during an outdoor class at California State University San Bernardino. This is believed to be the largest settlement ever for an injury case involving the California State University system.

In addition to the monetary settlement and as a condition of the agreement with the Freeman family, California State University agreed to develop and implement a system-wide policy for heat illness prevention, education, and protocols with input from Dr. Douglas Casa, the head of the Korey Stringer Institute, a heat illness research and advocacy organization. This policy will apply in all academic environments to the nearly 500,000 enrolled students at all 23 California State University campuses.

Recognized among the 2022 West Trailblazers by The American Lawyer and among the 2022 Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiffs’ Consumer Lawyers, Shea is a member of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, National Trial Lawyers: The Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and Super Lawyers. He has authored numerous articles in legal publications on various topics, maintains an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and has appeared on numerous national news networks, including NBC News.

Shea earned a BA from UCLA, and a JD from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. When on break from his legal practice, he enjoys spending time with his family.





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