Joseph F. Shea


T: (617) 418-1704

Boston Office


Practice Areas

  • First Amendment
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation – Appellate
  • Litigation – Civil Pretrial and Trial Services
  • Litigation & Risk Management
  • Mediation

Bar Admissions:

  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1989
  • University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D.
  • University of Pittsburgh, M.A.
  • Pitzer College, B.A., with honors

Large Law Firm Experience:

  • Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP

Joseph has extensive litigation and trial experience in intellectual property disputes and general commercial matters.  Recent intellectual property cases include litigation involving patents for online matching software, 3-D visualizations of seismic and other data, and consumer products.  Joseph’s intellectual property work also includes trademark and copyright matters, including trademarks for consumer products and software for industrial alarm and control systems.

Joseph’s recent commercial litigation matters include a jury verdict for a defendant facing two sets of plaintiffs claiming the right to buy her real property, a victory in the Massachusetts Appeals Court for a defendant that denied that a tender offer triggered its investment banker’s right to a contingent fee, settlement of six related cases after a securing a contempt judgment against the defendant in a bench trial, and a bench verdict for a commercial lessee in a suit alleging breach and forfeiture of a long-term lease valued at more than $20 million.

Joseph has had extensive first chair jury and bench trial experience, and has been counsel of record in many reported decisions.  He also has significant experience arbitrating commercial disputes, including for bio-pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers.

While at Nutter, Joseph served as the Chairperson of the Professional Responsibility Committee and has made presentations to law school students and other groups concerning lawyers’ duties under the Rules of Professional Conduct.


  •  “The Standard for Preliminary Injunctions Should Be Abandoned” in the Summer; 2009 ABA IP Litigation Newsletter