Colleen D. Shields
Colleen Shields has been a trial attorney for more than 20 years. She focuses her practice in the area of civil litigation defending complex cases in the areas of professional negligence, products liability, premises liability, sexual abuse, and general commercial liability. Colleen has represented physicians and individual health care providers in nearly every medical specialty and has tried numerous medical malpractice cases to verdict. Her most recent defense verdict gained national attention in a case involving a failed medical prosthesis. Colleen also represents community hospitals and academic medical centers in matters involving individual claims as well as class action suits. She is also currently engaged in defending manufacturers in science-driven state and multi-district litigation involving medical devices and pharmaceuticals.
In addition to health care professionals, Colleen represents individual attorneys and law firms who are involved in civil litigation or who may be facing disciplinary charges. She also has extensive experience in defending and serving as trial counsel to corporations and non-profit organizations in claims of institutional negligence involving allegations of sexual misconduct. In 2009, Colleen obtained a defense verdict in favor of a private high school and religious order following a jury trial in a high profile case involving allegations of clergy sexual abuse.
- Defends hospitals, medical practices and individual health care providers in negligence actions.
- Defends medical device manufacturers in state and federal multi-district litigation.
- Defends pharmaceutical companies in federal multi-district litigation.
- Defends attorneys in legal negligence actions.
- Defends professionals under errors and omissions policies in the areas of insurance, accounting, engineering, and architecture.
- Multiple jury defense verdicts in medical negligence cases against hospitals and individual physicians involving issues in internal and family medicine, emergency care, general surgery, neurology, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, urology, geriatric care, dermatology, cardiology, radiology, anesthesia, and pain management medicine.
- Significant experience in defending nursing homes and long term care facilities in suits involving death and serious injury.
- Led a trial team that defended several schools, religious orders, parishes, and nonprofit youth-based organizations in cases involving allegations of sexual abuse.
- Delaware Bar Association
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- International Association of Defense Counsel
- Defense Research Institute, State Representative for Delaware
- Defense Counsel of Delaware, Board Member; Past President; Past Vice President; Past Secretary/Treasurer
- President Elect of the Delaware Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates
- International Society of Barristers, Fellow
- Padua Academy Board of Trustees, Counsel (2011 – Present)
- Cab Calloway High School Mock Trial Team, Former Attorney Coach (2005 – 2008)
- The State of Delaware Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Panel (2004-2005)
Awards and Recognition:
- Attained an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell
- Selected for inclusion as a Top Lawyer by Delaware Today Magazine
- Selected for inclusion in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
- Padua Academy’s 2015 Non-Faculty Award for Distinguished Service and Leadership
- 2016 DRI State Leadership Award
News and Insights
- “Legal Significance of Documentation in the Age of the Audit Trail,” co-presented at the Kennedy Health Inaugural Emergency Department Symposium, May 2019.
- “Legal Significance of Documentation in the Age of the Audit Trail,” co-presented at the Kennedy Health 6th Annual Med Surg Tele Symposium, October 3, 2018.
- “Discovery of Electronically Stored Information (“ESI”), panel moderator for the Delaware State Bar Association program The Nuts, Bolts, and Hard Drives of Trial, December 2017.
- “Let Your Personality Be Your Profit and Not Your Punishment,” panel presenter at the 25th Annual Women and the Law Section Retreat of the Delaware State Bar Association, March 2017.
- “Preventing and Opposing Apex Depositions of Top Corporate Executives,” co-presenter, Eckert Seamans’ Continuing Legal Education Seminar, August 2016.
- “PG Version of Truth or Dare,” panelist, discussion about difficult scenarios involving issues of ethics and civility confronted in daily practice, 23rd Annual Delaware State Bar Association Women and the Law Retreat, March 7, 2015.
U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware
J.D., cum laude, Widener University Delaware Law School, 1992
B.A., University of Delaware, 1989