Jordan D. Shea - Partner

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Jordan D. Shea is a partner at Williams Montgomery & John Ltd. and a member of the firm's commercial litigation, toxic tort, class action, product liability, and labor and employment practice groups. He has represented clients at arbitration and trial in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Mr. Shea is "AV Preeminent" peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell, reflecting the highest peer recognition for both ethical standards and legal ability.  He has also been selected as a Law Bulletin Emerging Lawyer and was named an Illinois Super Lawyer Rising Star.

In commercial litigation, Mr. Shea was part of a team of lawyers that secured an $85 million settlement under the False Claims Act based on Medicare and Medicaid fraud. He has represented a major appliance manufacturer seeking damages arising from the recall of 1.8 million refrigerators and has secured a favorable settlement in bankruptcy court on behalf of an investor in a massive Ponzi scheme.

Mr. Shea has defended manufacturers and other businesses in toxic tort cases involving mass salmonella poisoning and asbestos exposure.

Defending class actions, Mr. Shea has secured a dismissal at the pleading stage in a nationwide toxic tort class action, and has represented a subsidiary of one of the largest insurers in the world in a nationwide tort and contract action involving allegations of improper bill review.

Mr. Shea also has defended many product manufacturers in cases involving serious injury, wrongful death and property damage. He has represented Kubota, manufacturer of lawn tractors; Lycoming Engines, manufacturer of aircraft piston engines; and Cooper Tire, among others.

Mr. Shea's labor and employment experience includes winning summary judgment motions on behalf of employers in Title VII discrimination and retaliation actions, representing employees charged with breach of fiduciary duty, enforcing and defending actions related to noncompetition agreements, and obtaining a defense verdict representing an employer in an Equal Pay Act case.

Education/Bar Admissions

Mr. Shea received a B.A. in history in 2003 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, in 2007 from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Mr. Shea was admitted to the Illinois bar in 2007 and also has been admitted to the following federal trial courts:

  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (including the trial bar)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana

In addition, Mr. Shea has been admitted pro hac vice in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin state courts.

Professional Activities

Mr. Shea is a member of the following organizations:

  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Loyola Academy Bar Association

Representative Matters

  • Baclawski v. Superior Ambulance

    Circuit Court of Wayne County, Mich.
    Represented ambulance company and driver in case in which ambulance attendant raped 14-year-old female psychiatric patient during 50-minute transport. Obtained pre-trial judgment for defendants on plaintiff's theories of negligent hiring and retention of rapist, and vicarious liability for rapist's conduct. Case was tried to verdict. Jury found for driver, and verdict assessed against company was less than plaintiff's pre-trial settlement demand.

  • Chicago Police Board Administrative Hearings

    Represented the City of Chicago in full administrative trials and on appeal against police officers accused of misconduct. Includes high-profile cases of officers accused of issuing harassing and fraudulent parking tickets, known in the media as "ticketgate," and officers accused of covering up bribes from tow-truck drivers, as revealed in FBI probe. 

  • Ragland v. Illinois Medi-Car

    Represented defendant wheelchair-transport company in binding arbitration of negligence claim resulting in personal injuries. Plaintiff sought over $1 million in damages. Following full hearing, arbitrator found for defendant on most issues and awarded nominal sum.

  • Mayden v. Superior-Air-Ground Ambulance

    U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
    Successfully resolved Title VII and Equal Pay Act lawsuit on behalf of defendant in which plaintiff claimed wage discrimination based on sex. Summary judgment granted to defendant on Title VII claims. Equal Pay Act claim tried before a jury, which returned a verdict for the defendant.

  • Bucholz v. Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service

    Circuit Court of DuPage County, Ill.
    Defended ambulance service provider in wrongful death lawsuit related to transport of heart attack victim. Case settled on eve of trial.

  • Del Monte Fresh Produce, N.A. v. Kinnavy v. Chiquita Brands International

    Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill., and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
    Successfully defended former employee of Del Monte and Chiquita Brands in trade secret, confidentiality agreement and non-compete lawsuit. Also successfully prosecuted former employee's corporate advancement and indemnity claims against a second employer and was awarded defense costs.

  • Estates of John and Donna Kathleen Swan, deceased, et al. v. Lycoming Engines, a Division of Avco Corporation

    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
    Favorably settled lawsuit against client Lycoming Engines arising from a single-engine plane crash in Wabash, Ind., involving four deaths. Plaintiffs alleged that the vibration characteristics of a Lycoming six-cylinder engine caused an in-flight fire. Case settled immediately before trial.

  • Green v. Kubota Tractor Corporation

    U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
    Defended distributor of riding lawn tractor and mower in product liability action involving partial amputation of a four-year-old child's foot. Case settled on the eve of trial.

  • Groff v. Dempsey

    U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
    Won summary judgment on behalf of defendant in breach of partnership agreement action. Plaintiff claimed more than $10 million damages for interest in real estate partnership.  Remaining count favorably settled prior to trial.

  • Hill v. Norcomm Public Safety Communications, Inc.

    U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
    Obtained summary judgment for defendant in employment lawsuit. Plaintiff claimed discrimination and retaliation under Title VII and civil conspiracy under Section 1985. 

  • Loos v. Veteran's Messenger Service

    Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill.
    Defended warehouse owner in lawsuit brought by a plaintiff who suffered traumatic brain injury after attempting to repair fire suppression sprinkler. Case settled favorably on the eve of trial.

  • Quality Egg National Class Action

    U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

    Represented seller of eggs that recalled 380 million eggs nationwide in a highly publicized national class action alleging salmonella poisoning.  Plaintiffs' counsel nonsuited case and never refiled, in lieu of being sanctioned for discovery violations on our motion.

  • RPh on the Go USA, Inc. v. Cristancho, et al.

    Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill.
    Favorably settled temporary restraining order action against seven individual defendants alleged to have violated covenants not to compete contained in employment agreements.

  • Sean Mason ex. rel. United States v. Medline, Inc. and the Medline Foundation

    U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

    Secured $85 million settlement on behalf of the U.S. government representing qui tam plaintiff after the United States declined to intervene. Lawsuit brought against Medline for its national practice of securing contracts by providing kickbacks to medical care facilities using complex methods that made it impossible for providers to accurately report savings to the government in accordance with applicable regulations. Case settled after discovery for $85 million plus attorney's fees.

  • Vintage Capital Group, LLC v. Ronald Peterson, as bankruptcy Trustee of Lancelot Investors Funds, LP

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois
    Brought lawsuit to recover funds that an investment firm client had deposited with a fund operator shortly before its ponzi operations were exposed by federal prosecutors and it filed for bankruptcy protection. Settled adversary claims on eve of trial to allow recovery of client's funds from the estate in preference to limited partner investors.

  • Wall v. Berman Industries

    Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill.
    Favorably resolved wrongful termination lawsuit representing the plaintiff, a former executive, against his former employer. Plaintiff was terminated months from the date his stock appreciation rights package was to vest. Case settled favorably during trial.

  • Whirlpool Corporation v. Sensata Technologies, Inc. and Texas Instruments Inc.

    Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill.

    Represented consumer product manufacturer Whirlpool in product liability lawsuit brought against supplier to recover damages caused by recall of 1.8 million refrigerators. Successfully resolved on eve of trial.