Patrick A. Shea






Married Debbie Kern 1980

Two sons, Michael and Paul


Patrick A. Shea, P.C.  – Practicing business, development, government and environmental law.

Associate Research Professor of Biology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

photo of Pat Shea


2000 to 2004



Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll
Of Counsel -
Practiced business and development law with an emphasis on emerging biotechnology companies and other new technologies.
Research on native grasses and wetlands associated with Colbert Hills at Kansas State University.

1997 to 2000

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management & Director of the Bureau of Land Management
Department of Interior
Washington, D.C.


Deputy Assistant Secretary oversees the Bureau of Land Management, Minerals Management Services and Office of Surface Mining.  These agencies are responsible for the management of over 270 million acres of land in the United States and for all off shore drilling for oil and gas production in the United States.  Created the first Science Advisory Board for the Bureau. There are over 12,000 employees in 25 states.  The agencies under the Land and Minerals Management division work in over 20 foreign countries and with over three hundred Native American tribes.

1997 to 1998

Bureau of Land Management
Department of Interior
Washington, D.C.

1993 to 1997

Private Practice
Representative Clients:  Intermountain Health Care, Huntsman Chemical Corporation, Kennecott Corporation, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Catholic Diocese of Utah, Regent Communications, Taco Bell, Salt Lake County Commission, Hermes Corporation and KUTV.


Special Legal Counsel, Huntsman Cancer Foundation
Member of Intermountain Alternative Dispute Resolution Group. 
Private mediation and arbitration group.

1985 to 1993

General Counsel and Assistant Secretary
Standard Communications, Inc. (Parent Corporation)
KUTV, Salt Lake City
KSN, Kansas State Network (6 television stations)
Communications Investment Corporation (radio stations in Montana, Idaho and Utah)
Standard Examiner (Newspapers in Idaho, Colorado and Utah)
Mountain Cable Network (Television cable operations in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana)

1980 to 1985

Partner, VanCott, Bagley, Cornwall and McCarthy
Litigation and Corporate Practice - First Amendment Defense, Communications and Natural Resource Specialties.


Harvard Law School (J.D. 1975)
Research Assistant to Professors Charles Fried and Paul Freund for Committee on Clinical Procedures at Harvard School of Public Health


Oxford University (M.A. 1972)
Human Sciences
First graduate of combined genetics, ethology and anthropology combined degree program.  Vice Chair of Human Science Committee 1972.


Stanford University (B.A. 1970)
Rhodes Scholar
Student Body President
Member of University Advisory Committee, American Council of Education -- Special Committee on Campus Unrest, Washington, D.C.

Bar Membership

District of Columbia
Admitted to practice before the 10th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court

Government and Politics


1996 to 1997


1992 & 1996

1989 to 1993



!983 to 1986

Coordinator for Obama for President working with Suzanne Gelderman

Member, President’s Commission on Aviation Safety, Security and Air Traffic Control
Vice President Gore, Chair

Chair of Clinton for President, Utah

National Democratic Committeman and Chair of DNC Rules Committee

Chair of Dukakis for President, Utah

Chair of Mondale for President, Utah

Chairman of the Utah Democratic Party

1979 to 1980

Counsel, Foreign Relations Committee
United States Senate
Washington, D.C.

1975 to 1976

Assistant to the Staff Director
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Operations
United States Senate
Washington, D.C.

2000 to present       


Adjunct Professor of Agronomy                                
Kansas State University

1981 to 1997

Adjunct Professor of Political Science
University of Utah

1988 to 1993

Member, Graduate Studies Committee
Yale University

1996 to 1997

Adjunct Professor
J. Rueben Clark School of Law
Brigham Young University

Boards and Community Service

2002 to Present

Vice Chair and Treasurer
Fiesta Mexicana
Organization created to celebrate Mexican Independence Day

2000 to Present

First Tee of Salt Lake City
Organization created to introduce golf and life skills to youth at risk

2000 to Present

Member – University of Utah Health Science Center/Medical School Committee on Human Tissue Cells

1996 to 2001

Member, Board of Advisors
Ronald H. Brown Foundation

1995 to 1997

Chair, Exchequer of Technology Committee
Rowland Hall St. Marks School

1995 to 1997

Trustee, Catholic Community Services Board

1991 to 1997

Member, Board of Advisors
Huntsman Center for Global Competition and Innovation
Wharton School of Business
University of Pennsylvania

1991 to 1997

Trustee, Intermountain Organ Recovery Service, Inc.

1989 to 1997

Trustee, The Nature Conservancy, Utah

1987 to 1994

Chair and Member, Salt Lake City International Airport Authority

1987 to 1993

Member, Board of Directors, Utah State Natural History Museum
University of Utah

1981 to 1987

1983 to 1985

Director (and President 1985-1986)
Stanford Alumni Association
Chair, Utah State Democratic Party


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