Shea & Gould

Shea & Gould
Headquarters New York City
Major practice areas "General Practice"
Date founded 1964
Founder Milton S. Gould, William Shea
Company type Limited liability partnership
Dissolved 1994

Shea & Gould was one of New York's best-known law firms. It was established as a result of a merger in 1964 between the firm Manning, Hollinger & Shea and Gallup, and the firm Climenko & Gould. Then in the 1970s the firm acquired several smaller niche practices in antitrust and other areas. It dissolved in 1994.


The firm once employed about 200 lawyers with offices in Washington, Albany, New York, Los Angeles, California, and London. The Los Angeles office was opened with the 1989 acquisition of 70-lawyer firm, Pacht Ross Warne Bernhardt & Sears, but it closed only a few months later due to weak earnings. A number of Shea & Gould's Los Angeles lawyers left to open the office of the now-defunct New York City law firm Myerson & Kuhn.[1] An additional seven lawyers spun off from Shea & Gould in 1989 to found New York law firm Ingram Yuzek.[2]


Among the clients Shea & Gould represented were the New York Mets, the New York Yankees, Deloitte & Touche and the Marine Midland Bank. Some of its personal clients were Aristotle Onassis, New York's Mayor Abraham Beame and Reverend Sun Myung Moon. The firm was well known for its New York government relations practice, especially with the city's Democratic administrations in New York City and Albany.


The firm's attorneys included the former Governor of New York, Hugh Carey, who joined as of counsel, and Wilbur D. Mills, a former U.S. Representative from Arkansas.


In 1991, Shea died and the firm elected a new chairman of the firm, Thomas E. Constance, and soon after added new members to the firm's executive committee. But the larger committee created tensions until they voted on January 27, 1994 to dissolve the firm by March 31 due to irreconcilable differences.[3][4][5][6]

See name partners


  1. Shea & Gould to Shut Its Los Angeles Office Within Three Months, Wall Street Journal, March 9, 1989.
  2. PRNewswire (August 27, 1999). “Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti, LLP Announces Recent Developments”,; retrieved February 7, 2015.
  3. Hoffman, Jan. "An End to a Law Firm That Defined a Type". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
  4. Shea & Gould Partners Vote to Close Law Firm,; accessed February 7, 2015.
  5. Attorneys who left prominent law firm start own practice,; accessed February 7, 2015.
  6. Geyelin, M. (January 31, 1994). "Irreconcilable Differences Force Shea & Gould Closure". The Wall Street Journal. p. B1.

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