Patrick A. Shea is one of the nation’s most highly respected attorneys, with extensive experience in the private and public sectors. As the principal of Patrick A. Shea, P.C., he and his firm specialize in business, development, government and environmental law. The firm is committed to solving business problems which involve legal, political and economic questions. Mr. Shea maintains Bar membership in the District of Columbia and Utah, and was admitted to practice before the 10th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Shea’s academic background includes degrees and honors from the world’s most prestigious educational institutions. He received a B.A. degree in 1970 from Stanford University, where he was also a Rhodes Scholar and Student Body President. In 1972, he completed work on an M.A. degree at Oxford University in human sciences, and became that school’s first graduate of a combined genetics, ethology and anthropology degree. In 1975, he earned his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School. From 1987 to 1993, he served on a graduate school committee at Yale University.
The Utah native began his career as an Associate and Partner at the law firm, VanCott, Bagley, Cornwall and McCarthy from 1976 to 1985. From 1985 to 1993, he served as General Counsel and Assistant Secretary for Standard Communications, Inc., a privately held telecommunications company that owned 12 television stations, 12 radio stations, six cable systems and eight newspapers. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Shea maintained a private practice that included such clients as Intermountain Health Care, Huntsman Chemical Corporation, Kennecott Corporation, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Catholic Diocese of Utah, Regent Communications, Taco Bell, Salt Lake County Commission, Hermes Corporation and KUTV. During this time, he was also Special Legal Counsel for the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. After living and working in Washington, D.C. from 1996 to 2000, Mr. Shea returned to Salt Lake City as Counsel for the Philadelphia-based law firm, Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll. In 2004, he re-opened his private practice, Patrick A. Shea, P.C.
Mr. Shea’s public service includes key positions in Washington, D.C. that began in 1975 to 1976 as Assistant to the Staff Director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Operations. From 1979 to 1980, he was Counsel on the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee. President Bill Clinton named Mr. Shea to the President’s Commission on Aviation Safety and Security in 1996 after the TWA 800 crash. One year later, the President named Mr. Shea as the National Director of the Bureau of Land Management in the Department of Interior. In 1999, Mr. Shea was named Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals.
In addition to his work as an attorney, Mr. Shea represents the University of Utah’s Department of Physics in implementing an international high-energy particle physics experiment. He is also an Adjunct Professor of agronomy at Kansas State University with a particular focus on native grasses. He is also an advisor at Westminster College for faculty grants and student scholarships. He has taught at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University on administrative, election, and constitutional law.