Colleen Shea is a Partner in the Wilmington, North Carolina office of Cranfill Sumner. She has been litigating tough and emotional cases for over 20+ years. In addition to matters for her own clients, she is requested by peers from her firm and from other firms to undertake the co-chair seat on cases and trials for their clients.
When the firm opened the Wilmington office, Colleen transferred her practice from the Raleigh office to the coast where she has been instrumental in the internal training of Associates and growth of the office, from two attorneys to over ten additional litigators. Colleen is a member of the firm’s Medical Malpractice, Premises Liability and Professional Liability Practice Groups. She focuses on the defense of catastrophic injury cases, healthcare and dental providers sued for malpractice, and mental health specialists accused of malpractice, including boundary violations and sexual exploitation. Colleen also advises physicians, therapists, nurses and dentists on charges before various state agencies. She has extensive trial experience throughout the various counties in North Carolina and has successfully obtained defense verdicts, dismissals and favorable settlements in tough cases including wrongful death, severe burns, permanent brain damage, and inappropriate sexual relationships with patients. Colleen has been recognized by her peers and is listed in the publication The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 – 2020 editions for Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants. In 2019, she was invited and selected by her peers for inclusion into the American Board of Trial Advocates.
In addition to pro bono work within the field of law, Colleen also enjoys serving her community. She is a past Board Member of the Cape Fear Rescue Mission; past President and Board Member of the Wrightsville Beach Elementary Foundation; a former volunteer 4th and 5th grade Geography teacher and a current active volunteer at her daughter’s middle school. Colleen continues to learn life lessons from her two really cool step-children (ages 26 and 20) and her 12 year old daughter. Colleen is immensely proud of her 20 year old step son who is serving in our military and currently deployed to the Middle East. Colleen is passionate about rescuing dogs and currently has two additional canine members in the household – two too many according to her husband. Colleen is married to another trial attorney, who is also the Managing Partner of the Wilmington office. Despite their efforts, their daughter likes to debate, a lot.
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On Feb. 5 and Feb. 6, Cranfill Sumner LLP (CSH Law) attorneys and staff members volunteered at the 29th annual NCAJ High School Mock Trial Competition which was held virtually. The attorneys and staff who participated were Deedee Gasch, Melanie Huffines, Levi Huston, Colleen Shea, and Emily Enojado.… Read More
Colleen Shea, a Partner at Cranfill Sumner, was recently featured in WILMA magazine. “Law & Community” discusses Colleen’s career as a medical malpractice attorney at Cranfill Sumner.… Read More
In May 2020, Legal Aid of North Carolina launched an effort to help North Carolinians who were struggling to pay rent and were facing eviction. Legal Aid paired available emergency financial support with a search for volunteer attorneys from across the state who could help negotiate past and future payments with landlords.… Read More
Colleen Shea of Cranfill Sumner LLP (Cranfill Sumner) was recently named the Best Lawyers® 2021 “Lawyer of the Year” for Medical Malpractice Law—Defendants in the Wilmington metropolitan area. (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC)… Read More
Twenty-seven attorneys from Cranfill Sumner LLP (Cranfill Sumner) were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).… Read More
Colleen Shea was the featured presenter for the “The Dreaded Written Discovery Requests from Plaintiff” webinar on July 23. The webinar was presented by Cranfill Sumner LLP (Cranfill Sumner) and the North Carolina Chapter of the American Society for Health Care Risk Management (ASHRM).… Read More
John D. Martin and Colleen Shea have been invited to join the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a prestigious national association comprised of experienced trial lawyers and judges. Martin and Shea are Partners who are based in the Wilmington office of Cranfill Sumner LLP.… Read More
Thirty-one attorneys from Cranfill Sumner LLP (Cranfill Sumner) were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020(Copyright 2019 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).… Read More
On Nov. 9, Wilmington Partner Colleen Shea served as a volunteer at a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center for New Hanover County in Wilmington. Colleen was one of several volunteer attorneys who offered brief advice and counsel regarding landlord/tenant law, consumer law and insurance law. Wilmington and surrounding towns and counties sustained significant damage from Hurricane Florence and were declared federal disaster areas. … Read More
Thirty-two attorneys from Cranfill Sumner LLP (Cranfill Sumner) were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 (Copyright 2018 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).… Read More