Shea Schulman, a partner with Litner + Deganian, knew early in law school that he wanted to do trial work. But while he “fell in love with trial practice” early on, it took some time to realize that personal injury law was the perfect fit for his interests and skills.
Shea grew up in Marietta, attended the University of Georgia for undergrad and began an MBA before shifting gears to pursue a law degree at Emory. During school, he worked for the Clayton County Public Defender’s Office, but he knew it wouldn’t be the right choice. He also considered becoming a prosecutor, but he knew he’d miss the chance to work one-on-one with clients.
Finally, during an internship with a personal injury law firm, Shea found the practice area that worked best for him—something that would allow him the quick-thinking experience of trial practice with the chance to help individuals. “Personal injury law has the best elements of criminal law, but with a clear-cut win,” he said. “The victory feels good when you’ve helped someone going through a tough time.”
Shea’s work eventually connected him to Steve, who brought him on as Litner + Deganian’s first associate in May 2016. Shea was recently accepted into the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA) Leadership Education and Advanced Direction (LEAD) Program. The LEAD Program is meant to help train and equip young lawyers for future leadership roles within the GTLA.
Shea likes the firm’s customized approach to every case. “It’s not a one-size-fits-all model,” he said. “Our clients have different stories and need different strategies. We have free range to figure that out.” He also appreciates the firm’s focus on personal relationship building. “Being there for our clients is important,” he said. “I always try to remember who you’d want by your side when you’re going through a hard time.”
When he’s not working, Shea hangs out with his golden doodle, Scooter. He enjoys watching UGA football, and, if he can spend a little less time in court, he’d love to get back on the court and take up racquetball again.