Michael P. Shea
|Michael Peter Shea|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut|
December 7, 2012
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by||Christopher F. Droney|
|Born||Michael Peter Shea
April 1967 (age 50)
|Education||Amherst College B.A.
Yale Law School J.D.
Michael Peter Shea (born April 1967) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Shea received his Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in 1989 from Amherst College. He received his Juris Doctor in 1993 from Yale Law School. He served as a law clerk to United States Circuit Judge James L. Buckley of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1993 to 1994. He worked at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP as an associate and then joined Day Pitney as an associate in 1998 and became a partner in that firm in 2003. At Day Pitney, he chaired the firm's Appellate Practice Group, while also representing individuals, non-profits and corporations in civil and criminal cases. In private practice, he argued twenty civil and criminal appeals in state and federal courts.
Federal judicial service
On February 2, 2012, President Obama nominated Shea to be United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. He would replace Judge Christopher F. Droney who was elevated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on December 1, 2011. He received a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 28, 2012 and his nomination was reported to the floor on April 26, 2012, by a vote of 15 ayes to 3 nays, with Senators Lee, Coburn and Cornyn casting the no votes. The Senate confirmed his nomination on December 5, 2012, by a vote of 72 ayes to 23 nays. He received his commission on December 7, 2012.
Christopher F. Droney
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut