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Daniel L. Shea
August 7, 1952 - April 22, 2017

Daniel L. Shea, of Laytonsville, Maryland, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from complications sustained from a serious head injury due to a fall. Dan was born in Washington, DC on August 7, 1952 to Leonard W. Shea and Betty Shea. A life-long and passionate Washingtonian, he attended Blessed Sacrament School and Gonzaga College High School. He then continued his education at Villanova University, the University of Florida and the Potomac School of Law. As an Attorney with the Law Firm Brault Graham, his life's work was to serve as an advocate for others. Dan was very close to and deeply proud of his extensive family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 34 years, Beth Shea; four children, Kathleen Pagano (Peter), Kerry Offterdinger (Bobby), Brian Shea (Theresa) and Kevin Shea; grandchildren, Juliana, Olivia, Marcus and Leo; sisters, Noreen McSorley (Jim), Helene Walsh (Dan) and Julie Mantua (Joe); and many others in the extended Shea and Spangenberg families. Predeceased by Leonard W. Shea, Betty Shea and his brother, Thomas P. Shea.

Visitation with the family will be at St. Aloysius Church on the campus of Gonzaga College High School, 19 I Street NW, Washington, DC. 20001 on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be held at All Souls Cemetery at a later date.

Danny lived his life staying in the moment, being present to the people and situations around him, and sharing his wit and wisdom to all. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to Gonzaga College High School in the name of Daniel L. Shea.


In Memoriam of Daniel L. Shea, Esquire

Daniel L. Shea passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from complications of a serious head injury due to a fall.  Until that time, he was in good overall health and a smiling, friendly, very competent lawyer respected and liked by his colleagues.  In order to briefly describe Dan’s career, I want to add the beginning and the end. 

About 35 years ago I received a call from a well-known young lawyer, Tom Hogan.  Tom went on to a career in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.  He told me that he was teaching a course in law school and a young man named Daniel Shea had taken the bar and was looking for a job.  Tom praised him, suggesting that this was a great opportunity for us to obtain a very good lawyer.  His words complimenting Dan’s abilities were of the highest order.  I decided in that call that we would hire him.  When we did meet, I simply told him that he had a job, what he would be doing and he was hired.  At the very beginning, Dan was highly praised by a very good lawyer who became a distinguished jurist. 

For 35 years he worked with our firm. In April the event occurred.  Word got out about Dan.  I received a call from our State’s Attorney, John McCarthy who had heard what happened to Dan.  He then praised Dan as being of the highest caliber.  A lawyer for whom he had great respect and whom he liked very much.  John has probably seen and worked with more lawyers than anyone of us will ever know.  Thus, at the beginning and at the end, Dan was highly praised by extremely competent legal minds.

In the meantime, of course, we had worked together.  Dan’s talent as a lawyer had much to do with his personality as well as knowledge of law.  He was always friendly.  Whenever there was a conference with Dan, everyone in the room seemed to be smiling.  He was the antithesis of those lawyers who bring ill feelings into a case.  Dan enjoyed the courtroom and the challenge of litigation.  He tried all types of cases from small criminal cases for the little guy to complex business disputes with large dollars at stake.  He also had a sense of optimism and confidence. He came into the office with a smile and would be heard to say that he loved the practice of law.  He will be sorely missed by his colleagues at Brault Graham.  Based on the many comments we have received, he will be missed by his colleagues in the Bar as well.

It is worth noting that Dan was an active member of the Bar Association of Montgomery County.  He served a term on its Executive Committee, and over the years co-chaired the Judicial Selections Committee, co-chaired the Legal Ethics Committee, chaired the Insurance Committee, and chaired the Continuing Legal Education Committee.  In 2005, he was awarded the Outstanding Committee Chair of the Year Award.  He also participated in many CLE programs over the years.   Dan was repeatedly recognized as one of Washington, D. C.’s top civil defense attorneys in the Washingtonian Magazine, and received similar recognition as in the field of litigation in the Washington Post Magazine.  I could list many other accomplishments.

There was another very important side of Dan that was apparent.  He and his wife Elizabeth (Beth) had a wonderful family of 4 children.  They had 2 boys and 2 girls.  All of them attractive, intelligent, successful young people.  He was very active in athletics when he was young and took pleasure in following the athletic activities of his children.  He was also extremely proud of 4 grandchildren.  Dan was a wonderful family man and as husband and father he will be greatly missed by his loving family who have our deepest sympathy.          

Albert D. Brault

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