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John Shea is a Senior Partner with the firm practicing in the areas of commercial litigation, corporate counseling, real estate transactions and development, environmental law, construction contracts and litigation, and estate planning for high net worth individuals.
He has Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for attorneys (AV Preeminent), and has been recognized by Martindale as one of “Long Island’s Top Rated Lawyers” and one of the “Top Rated Lawyers in Real Estate Law”.
Mr. Shea has also been honored by Long Island Business News with its “Leadership in Law Award,” which recognizes a select number of attorneys from across Long Island, who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, both in the legal profession and in community service.
Mr. Shea began his career with a firm in Manhattan, working on corporate transactions and commercial litigation.
He was then appointed an Assistant Attorney General for New York State in the Environmental Protection Bureau where, over the course of 5 years, he handled cases including terrorist threats to the commercial transport of plutonium and other weapons grade nuclear materials through JFK and other hubs in the U.S., the siting of plutonium recycling facilities, and the criminal prosecution of hazardous waste polluters.
He was later appointed Counsel to the White House Council on Environmental Quality where he worked on matters including “worst case” accidents at nuclear facilities, the proliferation of nuclear technology and materials, and the federal regulations for the preparation of Environmental Impact Statements by U.S. agencies.
He came back from Washington to assist in the representation of local municipalities in the proceedings on the emergency plans and evacuation scenarios for the Shoreham nuclear power plant.
Soon thereafter, he formed “Twomey, Latham & Shea” with Tom Twomey and Steve Latham. Since then, the firm has grown from 3 attorneys to a regional practice, covering Manhattan to Montauk, with over 30 attorneys and 35 support staff.
A private pilot, Mr. Shea is a founding Director of Patient AirLift Services, a volunteer pilot organization that arranges flights to medical treatment for veterans and those in financial need, with over 600 pilots serving 37 States, and more than 28,000 flights since its inception.
For 8 years, Mr. Shea served as the Chairman of the environmental advocacy organization Group for the East End, and he has been a member of that Board for over 35 years.
He is also an Officer and Trustee of Guild Hall, a Long Island arts, entertainment and education center.
He served on the Board of Directors of the Suffolk County Community College Foundation for nearly 10 years, and serves as counsel to the East Hampton Health Care Foundation and LongHouse Reserve, an arts and cultural center in East Hampton.
Mr. Shea is a graduate of Georgetown University, A.B., and Fordham University School of Law, J.D.
Fordham University, J.D., 1972
Georgetown University, A.B., 1969
Professional and Civic Associations
- One of the founding Directors of Patient AirLift Services, Inc., a volunteer pilot organization
- Member of the Board of Trustees of Guild Hall, an arts, entertainment and education center on Eastern Long Island
- Former Chairman of the environmental advocacy organization, Group For The East End, for 8 years, and continuing member of the Board of Directors for over 30 years
- Member of the Suffolk County Community College Foundation Board of Directors for 10 years
- Former Co-Chairman of the East Hampton Town Citizens Advisory Committee
- Counsel to the East Hampton Health Care Foundation
- Counsel to the arts and educational organization, LongHouse Reserve
- Former Counsel to the East Hampton Village Preservation Society
- Member of the New York State Bar Association Environmental Law Section
News & Insights
As Sea Levels Rise and Hurricanes Intensify, New York State Streamlines The Process For Bulkhead Approvals Throughout Long Island
At a time when coastal areas are besieged by rising sea levels and more frequent, high intensity storms and hurricanes,
John Shea was recently recognized by the East Hampton Healthcare Foundation
John Shea was recently recognized by the East Hampton Healthcare Foundation for his many years of work with the organization.
Senior Partner John Shea Designated “2021 Top Rated Real Estate Lawyer” by Martindale-Hubbell
John Shea is a Senior Partner with the firm practicing in the areas of commercial litigation, corporate counseling, real estate
Twomey Latham Community Service Scholarship Awarded to East Hampton High School Seniors
East Hampton, NY: On Thursday, May 28 the 2020 Twomey, Latham, Shea, Kelley, Dubin and Quartararo, LLP Community Service Scholarship
The Press Sessions – Open and Accessory Apartments: Striving to Address the Affordable Housing Crisis
Twomey Latham has partnered with The Press News Group / 27east as Presenting Sponsor of The Press Sessions, a new series of issue-based
Planned Giving Panel Discussion At LongHouse Reserve
On Saturday, October 19th, John Shea, Senior Partner, and Bernadette Tuthill, an Associate with the Firm’s Trust and Estate Department,
Landlords Suffer Major Blow From New State Law Affecting Seasonal Rentals
While City landlords were infuriated by certain provisions of the recently enacted Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019
Twomey Latham Awards Community Service Scholarship to East Hampton Students
On Thursday, May 30th the 2019 Twomey, Latham, Shea, Kelley, Dubin and Quartararo LLP Community Service Scholarship recipients were announced
Senior Partner John Shea and Partner Patrick Fife Honored By LIBN For Their Leadership In Law
Senior Partner John Shea and Partner Patrick Fife were recently honored by Long Island Business News (LIBN) for their Leadership
2018 Twomey Latham Community Service Scholarship Recipients Awarded at East Hampton High School
On Thursday night the 2018 Scholarship recipients were announced at East Hampton High School’s award ceremony. The year’s winners are
Senior Partner, John Shea, Opens 2018 Riverhead Chamber of Commerce Kickoff Breakfast
On January 11th, Twomey Latham sponsored the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Kickoff Breakfast. Senior Partner, John Shea, opened the
New Nitrogen Control Requirements Imposed On Construction In Suffolk County, East Hampton & Southampton
In 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency warned that the frequency, severity and distribution of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) was
Village of East Hampton Zoning Code Changes
Effective March 2, 2017, the East Hampton Village Trustees enacted two important zoning code changes (Local Laws 5 and 6
Twomey Latham Announces 2015 Community Service Scholarship Recipients
For the past fifteen years, the partners of Twomey, Latham, Shea, Kelley, Dubin & Quartararo, LLP have presented community service
John Shea elected to Guild Hall Board of Trustees
Senior Partner John Shea has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the historic Guild Hall Center for the
Twomey Latham Announces 2014 Community Service Scholarships Recipients
Twomey Latham is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2014 Community Service Scholarships. The year's recipients are Christopher Betuel
John Shea Selected for “Top Rated Real Estate Attorneys” Recognition
Senior Partner John Shea has been selected as one of the "Top Rated Lawyers in Real Estate Law" by Martindale-Hubbell.
Twomey Latham Announces 2012 Community Service Scholarship Recipients
Twomey Latham is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2012 Community Service Scholarships. The year’s winners are Kristina Moucha