Patrick Shea is the Global Chair of the Paul Hastings Employment Law Department, and leads a diverse group of more than 100 lawyers in 14 offices around the world. He is based in the firm’s New York office where he represents companies in a wide range of employment-related litigation, including matters involving employee benefits, employment discrimination, wage and hour claims, and wrongful discharge. His clients include major companies in the financial services, information technology, manufacturing, defense, and high-tech industries.

Recent Representations

Weber v. FujiFilm (D. Conn. 2012) (prevailed in three week federal jury trial brought by a senior executive alleging age and national origin discrimination)

Perkins v. Southern New England Telephone (D. Conn. 2011) (prevailed in three week wage and hour class action jury trial)

Christie v. General Electric (D. Conn. 2010) (prevailed in six-day age discrimination jury trial brought by employee with 20 years of service)

Eldridge v. Provident Life& & Accident Insurance Co., (Mass. Super. Ct. 2001) (defendant’s verdict in three-week jury trial of nationwide class action alleging breach of contract)

Flanagan v. General Electric Co., (2d Cir. 2001) (affirming summary judgment for defendants in ERISA class action challenging transfer of more than $1 billion in pension plan assets)

Prevailed in nine arbitrations before the AAA and FINRA.

Accolades and Recognitions

Chambers USA ranked in Band 1 among the top labor and employment lawyers in New York

Legal 500 notes “Patrick Shea ‘seems to win whatever he touches’”

Named in The Best Lawyers in America

Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Named one of “America’s Top 100 Employment Law Attorneys” by Lawdragon

Rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell®


Speaking Engagements and Publications

Frequent speaker on topics in the employment law area


Professional and Community Involvement

Appointed by the Chairman of the EEOC to serve on a Negotiated Rulemaking Committee that developed regulations governing age discrimination releases under Title II of the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act

Member of the New York, Connecticut, and the District of Columbia Bar Associations

Admitted to a number of federal district and circuit courts

After graduating from law school, he served as law clerk to the honorable Raymond J. Pettine, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island



Yale Law School, J.D., 1981 – where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Yale Law Journal

University of Scranton, B.A., 1978