James Patrick Shea, a partner in Armstrong Teasdale’s Financial and Real Estate Services practice group, became president of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) for a one-year term which began during the organization’s annual spring meeting April 16–19, 2015.
An ABI member since 1988, Shea is formerly ABI’s Vice President-Communications & Information Technology and the founding chair of ABI’s former subcommittee on Gaming Insolvencies and Reorganizations. He is also a chair of ABI's Civility Task Force and a former program chair of ABI’s Southwest Bankruptcy Conference. Founded in 1982, ABI is the nation’s largest association of bankruptcy professionals with more than 13,000 members.
Shea has more than 30 years of experience advising financial institutions, landlords, vendors and other creditors in business bankruptcy proceedings. He has represented a number of hotel casinos and airlines, as well as numerous financial institutions. Nationally recognized in the field of commercial insolvency and reorganization, he is also the founding chairman and current vice chairman of the State Bar of Nevada's Bankruptcy Law Section, serves as co-chair of the Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representatives for the District of Nevada and has been recently elected to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Executive Committee.
Shea is a graduate of the University of Arizona and University of Arizona College of Law, where he was the chair of the Moot Court Board and recipient of the Mitchell C. Nelson Award for legal scholarship.