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Joseph W. Shea III - Lebanon, OH

12 East Warren Street Lebanon, OH 45036

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Updated: 05/24/2022


Joe is one of the most successful and experienced trial attorneys in the Midwest. Over the past several decades, Joe recovered record breaking verdicts in several local counties for victims of medical malpractice and their families – including verdicts of $8.3 million in Hamilton County, $6.5 million in Butler County, and $5.4 million in the Eastern District of Kentucky Federal Court in Kenton County...


Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1974
  • Kentucky, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1984

Other Affiliations

  • Supreme Court of Ohio, Member, Board of Bar Examiners, 1984 - 1989
  • Chief Justice Thomas Moyer, Supreme Court of Ohio, Chief Bar Examination Examiner, 1989 - 1990
  • Chief Justice Thomas Moyer, Special Re-Appointment as Supreme Court Examiner, 1991
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Chairman, Ethical Advertising, Marketing and Solicitation Committee, 2008 - 2009
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, National Certification Examiner, 1984 - 1987
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, National Certification Examiner, 1991
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, National Certification Examiner, 1994
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, National Certification Examiner, 1997
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, National Certification Examiner, 2001
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, National Certification Examiner, 2003
  • Governor's (Ohio) Insurance Task Force, 1984 - 1986
  • American Inns of Court, Master, Potter Stewart Chapter, 1993 - 1998
  • American Inns of Court, Emeritus Master, Potter Stewart Chapter, 1998 - Present
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Member, 1999 - Present
  • American Board Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Advocate, 1989 - Present
  • American Board Trial Advocates, National Board of Directors, 1989 - Present
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, Diplomat, 1984 - 2009
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, Ohio State Representative, 1990 - Present
  • International Society of Barristers, Fellow, 1994 - Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocacy (ABOTA), Cincinnati Chapter Elected as Chapter's Representative, 1989 - Present
  • ABOTA Cincinnati Chapter Secretary, 1989 - Present
  • OAJ (Youngest President Ever Elected in Academy History), President, 1981 - 1982
  • OAJ, Board of Governors, 1983 - 1998
  • Indian Hill Schools Booster Board, President, 1997 - 1998
  • National Board of Specialty Certification, Nationwide Bar Examiner, 1990 - 2009


  • Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Highland Heights, Kentucky, 1974
    Honors: National Moot Court
  • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
    B.A. - 1969
    Major: Philosophy

Classes and Seminars

  • Faculty Member, Litigation Forum, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1981-1982, 1983, 1984
  • "Masters in Trial" (Mock Jury Trial), ABOTA, Kansas City, Kansas, 1992
  • "Masters in Trial" (Mock Jury Trial), ABOTA, Columbus, Ohio, 1993 - 1994


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View the profile for Joseph W. Shea III on Super Lawyers


  • Ohio Super Lawyer, 2004 - 2020
  • Leading Lawyers, Medical Malpractice, 2005 - 2020
  • "Ohio's Winningest Lawyers," Ohio Law Newspaper, 1991 (Only year listing was available)
  • Professional Achievement Award, Northern Kentucky University, 1998
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers, 1994 - Present
  • Who's Who Among Students in Colleges and Universities, 1972 - 1974
  • Who's Who Among Outstanding Americans
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who in America
  • Who's Who in Emerging Leaders in America
  • Salmon P. Chase College of Law Outstanding Alumni, 2009
  • Ritter Award, Ohio State Bar Association, 2008
  • Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent Rating by Peer Voting Every Year Since 1995
  • Alumni of the Month, University of Cincinnati McMicken College Arts and Sciences, 2008 "Leading Lawyer," Cincy Magazine, 2005 - 2020
  • "Leading Lawyer," Cincy Magazine, 2005 - 2020
  • "Best Lawyers in America," Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury, 1995 - Present
  • "Best Lawyers in America," Product Liability, 1995 - 2005

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Office Information


12 East Warren Street Lebanon, OH 45036


  • 513-934-2201

Accepts Credit Cards


Office Hours

Mon - Fri:7AM - 10PM, Sat - Sun:7AM - 5PM



  • Author, Ohio Evidence Manual, Ohio Rules of Evidence with Analysis, Casemaker Print Publishing, 2005, 2008, 2011
  • Author, Shea's Ohio Civil Trial Practice with Forms, Harrison Publishing Company, 1984
  • Author, Terminology Guide for the Reporting of Civil Litigation, American Board of Trial Advocates, 1996
  • Contributing Author, "Sample Testimony" (Contributing Author), Wrongful Death in Ohio (1982-2008), Anderson Publishing Company
  • Contributing Author, "Investigation of Witnesses and Statements" (Contributing Author), Civil Litigation in Ohio, Ohio Legal Center Institute of the State Bar Association, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994-2000, 2002, 2006, 2009

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