Kevin P. Shea

Kevin Shea focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, with a focus on health care, class action defense, securities and financial services. He represents private and publicly traded companies and their executives in federal and state courts and arbitration proceedings throughout the country.

What do you focus on?

With more than seventeen years of experience, I help my clients resolve disputes through early pre-suit settlements or aggressive litigation through trial and appeal. My practice focuses on three areas:

Health Care Litigation and Counseling

I defend publicly traded health care companies in litigation matters, arbitrations and regulatory proceedings throughout the country. I currently represent a Fortune 10 health care company in numerous arbitration proceedings involving its retail pharmacy network. I am also representing that same company in several litigation cases challenging its retail pharmacy practices. I currently represent a medical device maker in contested litigation concerning alleged defects in patient monitoring equipment. I have also recently advised a laboratory testing company in connection with a proposed consumer offering.

Class Action Defense

I defend clients against class actions and aggregate litigation matters in federal and state courts. I recently represented a large retail pharmacy chain in a consumer class action lawsuit related to its prescription drug program. I also recently represented two major domestic airline carriers in class actions involving statutory claims under foreign regulations and obtained dismissal of the plaintiffs’ complaints based on jurisdictional grounds. I assisted a large automaker in the defense of a consumer class action relating to alleged tire defects. I also successfully obtained dismissal of a putative class action asserting federal securities claims against an underwriter of an initial public offering for a health care device manufacturer.

Complex Commercial Litigation

I assist clients in a variety of complex commercial litigation matters involving fraud, statutory claims, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and other business disputes. I am currently representing a health care system in connection with multimillion-dollar litigation concerning the design and implementation of its employee retirement plan. I recently represented an Italy-based advertising agency in litigation against a large computer manufacturer for breach of contract relating to advertising services. The case involved complex international procedural laws and discovery throughout the United States and in Europe. I have also advised insurers on issues of policy coverage under commercial general liability policies and have represented them in insurance coverage litigation.

Securities and Financial Services

I represent clients in a wide range of securities and financial services matters, including securities class actions, regulatory enforcement proceedings and customer complaints in arbitration. I am currently representing a specialist options trading firm in federal court in Illinois in the defense of securities and state law fraud claims. I am also defending an investor in a Madoff feeder fund from claw back claims by the liquidating trustee in bankruptcy court in New York. Recently, I successfully represented a brokerage firm in a multi-day FINRA arbitration hearing involving claims of fraud and defamation.

What do you see on the horizon?

I see increased risk for domestic corporations operating globally from lawsuits in the United States involving claims arising under foreign law. These can include statutory claims enacted by the European Union. Plaintiffs and their counsel will continue to assert such claims here to subject corporate defendants to the associated risk and cost of United States class action procedural law and discovery rules.


Kevin P. Shea



Phone: 312-977-4860

Fax: 844-577-4645

University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude

University of Illinois, B.A.


U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Federal Trial Bar, Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin

U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

  • American Bar Association
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
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