Mitchell & Shea, A Professional Corporation

Attorneys with Decades of Experience in San Diego and Los Angeles

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Firm Overview

At Mitchell & Shea, we have been on the side of clients just like you since 1999. Clients from throughout Southern California contact us when they need resourceful and skilled lawyers on their side to get results. From professional athletes struggling with debilitating headaches, to teen drivers involved in car accidents, to construction workers injured on the job, we are the firm that thousands of people have counted on for legal help. Whether through settlements or trial, we have recovered millions of dollars for our clients and have helped them achieve justice and peace of mind.

Under the leadership of attorneys Brian Mitchell and Patrick Shea, we have become a law firm with a stellar reputation throughout the California legal community. Our professional standards, our integrity and our commitment to our clients makes us a highly-sought after legal team for even the most challenging litigation. Our attorneys and staff are committed to personal service and aggressive advocacy. We also have expert witnesses, accident scene investigators, physicians, scientists, engineers and other specialists to call upon to build the strongest case possible for our clients.

Representing People from all Backgrounds throughout Southern California

Our attorneys have the academic background you would expect from highly-skilled California lawyers. But, more importantly, both lawyers have years of practical legal experience. Even before forming this law firm, both attorneys gained valuable experience at other firms and have more than 30 years of combined legal experience.

Our clients are farm workers, truck drivers, corporate executives, professional athletes and single mothers who work multiple jobs. We represent anyone who has been injured or who may have suffered as the result of someone else's negligence. In the courtroom or through aggressive negotiations, Mitchell & Shea has shown, time and time again, that no matter what background a client is from, we believe everyone deserves the highest-quality legal representation. Our legal team provides it.

If you need legal assistance, even if you are unsure if you have a case, reach out to us for a free consultation. We will offer practical and clear legal advice that may help you determine the next best steps to take. We will also analyze the details of your case in ways that only experienced attorneys can. If we represent you, we will do so on a contingent fee basis: we collect nothing unless we win your case whether it is a work-related injury or other type of personal injury. Call us to see how we can help you pursue the justice and compensation that you deserve.
Main Office

Main Office
404 Camino Del Rio S
#603
San Diego  CA  92108

Phone
  • (619) 702-6517
Fax
  • (619) 702-6534
Auto Accident
San Diego and Los Angeles Lawyers Committed to Personal Representation in Car Accident Cases
Southern California is consistently jammed with busses, cars, trucks, motorcycles and pedestrians. This makes traffic accidents more commonplace than nearly any other place in the nation. Across the state there are many personal injury law firms that focus on car accidents and vehicle-crash injuries. We are also focused on these types of cases but our firm is different.

We have attorneys who are former insurance defense lawyers. They have seen personal injury cases from the other side and use that experience to your benefit. Additionally, we have recovered more than $50 million for our injured clients throughout California. We also prioritize personal service. From the moment you call our firm for a free case evaluation and consultation, you will be welcomed into an environment where your rights and your recovery are clearly the priority.

We will take the time to listen to the details of your situation and we will rely on years of legal experience to help pursue your goals. In car accident cases, we know the right questions to ask, the appropriate evidence to gather and the right resources to call upon. We know how to get results. And no matter how many resources we allocate to your case and no matter how long it takes to help you achieve your goals after a car crash, we will not collect fees unless we win. Reach out to our Los Angeles and San Diego auto accident attorneys for personal representation and aggressive advocacy.

Car Accident Attorneys with Vast Experience and Extensive Resources

We have been a successful personal injury law firm since 1999 and our attorneys have years of experience even before forming this firm. We are not a personal injury "mill." Our attorneys are highly sought-after for their commitment to clients' personal goals. They are also much sought-after for their record of success. Much of this success is based upon victory in car accident injury cases. Our success is, in part, based upon legal skill in negotiations and at trial but is also the result of knowing which resources to use. Our resources include:

-Access to highly-skilled accident scene investigators
-Deep resources to continue to fight against massive insurance companies and their legal teams
-Life-care planners who will calculate the maximum compensation injury victims need for wheelchairs, home and vehicle adaptations, lost wages and other short and long-term needs
-Mechanical engineers, metallurgists, city planners and other experts to testify on our clients' behalf
-Relationships with specialized doctors who can independently analyze the cause of injuries and appropriate treatment

We are prepared to help you. If you are unsure if you have a case, if you have already been turned down by another law firm, or if you simply have gotten frustrated with the bureaucracy and red tape when dealing with insurance companies, call on us for advice, support and guidance.
Personal Injury
From Whiplash to Paralysis and Traumatic Brain Injury, our Lawyers are Prepared
We represent injured people throughout southern California from all walks of life. Our attorneys represent professional athletes and construction workers who have been injured on the job. Our lawyers represent teenagers injured in car accidents and retirees injured in slip-and-fall accidents. From elite athletes to minimum-wage-earning teens, we are prepared to help you. And even if you do not think that your injuries are serious, we can have our medical investigators perform a thorough examination of your case to determine if you have injuries that are not immediately obvious. Some of these types of injuries may not present symptoms for days or weeks after an accident:

-Hairline bone fractures
-Psychological injuries and PTSD
-Traumatic brain injury
-Soft tissue damage
-Spinal cord and back injuries

The above represent only a small sample of the many types of injuries that are not apparent to the untrained eye. For instance, repetitive motion injuries can be debilitating and may lead to the need for compensation but the damage may be "hidden." Children, also, can suffer injuries on playgrounds, at school or daycare or at a friend's house that are not immediately apparent. Elder abuse at nursing homes or by in-home caregivers can also be difficult to identify. Internal damage from defective pharmaceutical drugs may also not reveal symptoms immediately. Our legal team and medical consultants know how to investigate such cases.

We are a law firm dedicated to personal injury and workers' compensation and we have recovered more the $50 million for our clients since 1999 when we opened our law offices in San Diego. Because of our success, we have access to the best medical professionals in southern California and we have expert investigators to help us find the truth. We will call on witnesses and experts from a variety of fields to help us build your case and pursue maximum compensation for your medical bills and pain and suffering.

Catastrophic Injury Cases Require Lawyers who are Aggressive Advocates

There are many reasons why catastrophic injury cases must be handled by experienced attorneys who have extensive resources. Some of the resources necessary in such cases involve access to neurosurgeons, orthopedic experts, pathologists and other medical specialists. Accident-scene investigators, life-care specialists, psychiatrists, and others may all be necessary to provide the most compelling argument for a favorable settlement or judgment. Mitchell & Shea has all of these resources and has the experience for cases involving:

-Amputation
-Burns
-Paralysis
-Traumatic brain injuries
-Wrongful death

Reach out to us no matter how serious your situation or how complex your legal troubles may appear. We will offer a candid assessment of your case and offer guidance. If you become our client, you will have relentless allies on your side.

Brian Mitchell

From San Diego to Los Angeles: Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury and Employment Law

A graduate of Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, Lawyer Brian Mitchell has been practicing since 1996. He got his start for the City Attorney's Office in San Diego focusing on criminal law in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Division and serving an internship with the Public Defender's Office. A San Diego resident since 1972, Mr. Mitchell was admitted to the California State Bar and Federal District Court in 1996. Shortly thereafter, he began practicing civil litigation as an associate for a San Diego firm specializing in workers' compensation and personal injury where he gained valuable experience litigating cases before the San Diego Superior Court and Workers' Compensation Appeals Board.

Mr. Mitchell went into private practice in 1999, focusing on personal injury and employment-related law. In 2003, he became a certified specialist in California workers' compensation and the following year was appointed by his colleagues to serve as San Diego Chapter President of the California Applicant Attorneys Association (CAAA). In 2006, Mr. Mitchell was appointed to a lifetime post on the CAAA Board of Governors.

A California Workers' Comp and Personal Injury Lawyer Fluent in Spanish

An alumnus of the University of Arizona, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a minor in Spanish, Mr. Mitchell has negotiated and won thousands of favorable settlements on behalf of injured workers and individuals in San Diego County and throughout California. He has participated in panel discussions, has lectured on a wide range of legal topics and has trained numerous legal professionals on representing workers' compensation claimants and interacting with insurance providers.

He is fluent in Spanish and takes great pride in the communities in which he lives and works. With the entire support staff and other attorneys at Mitchell & Shea, Attorney Brian Mitchell aggressively advocates for the rights of his clients from all communities in California.

Patrick Shea

Southern California Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation and Employment Law

San Diego Attorney Patrick Shea is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego where he was valedictorian and graduated Summa Cum Laude as the top-ranked student of his class. He received American Jurisprudence Awards an astonishing 13 times during his studies. Mr. Shea began his legal career as a law clerk for San Diego Superior Court Judge Charles R. Hayes and has been practicing law since 1996.

After law school, he first gained a position as an attorney at a products liability law firm and aggressively pursued claims against a large manufacturer of a tainted vitamin supplement. Those matters where litigated all throughout the country and resulted in seven-figure recoveries.

Following the practice of products liability law, Mr. Shea established himself as a defense attorney for some of the largest insurance companies in the country. This exposure to insurance defense practice provides him with unique insight and strategies for managing injury claims. He now uses the experience of working for insurance companies for the benefit of the people and organizations that he represents. Seeing these cases from the insurance company perspective has proven to be a tremendous asset to Mitchell & Shea's clients.

As a result of his experience, Mr. Shea is highly skilled and effective at negotiating with insurance companies for the best interests of his clients. He has developed healthy working relationships with many insurance companies and their law firms. Thus, he is able to shrewdly negotiate fair and equitable settlements for his clients. When such settlements are not possible, he is a tenacious litigator with extensive courtroom experience and history of success.

Compassionate Representation and Aggressive Advocacy

Mr. Shea is very well versed in many areas of California and federal law: injury law, business litigation, business formation, contract disputes, and general employment matters. He is a certified Workers' Compensation Law Specialist by the California Board of Legal Specialization and has helped countless clients protect their future after they have lost the ability to work. His work is informed by his dedication to justice and his deep compassion for his clients.

An alumnus of San Diego State University, where he earned a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Political Science, Mr. Shea played intercollegiate basketball and served as president of his fraternity (TKE). He is a member of the San Diego Bar Association, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, American Bar Association, State Bar of California, Los Angeles Bar Association, and California Applicant Attorney Association (CAAA). He is also active in the autism support community and is a tireless spokesperson for autism awareness. He resides in San Diego with his wife, Nikki, and their two sons, Brady and Jett.
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