Rory P Shea

Rory P. Shea is a founding partner of Lee Sullivan Shea & Smith LLP and an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star. Mr. Shea practices in all areas of intellectual property law, with a particular emphasis on patent litigation, inter partes review proceedings, and patent procurement in the areas of electrical engineering, computer software and hardware, and telecommunications. He has successfully represented clients in all phases of patent litigation, including discovery, claim construction, summary judgment, bench and jury trials, and appeal. Mr. Shea also has extensive experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications, rendering patentability, infringement, and validity opinions, and counseling clients with respect to all types of intellectual property rights.

Mr. Shea’s drive and passion for securing a positive result on behalf of his clients makes him stand out from his peers. In fact, these traits are a big reason for Mr. Shea’s selection as an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star.

In addition to his extensive legal experience, Mr. Shea also gained invaluable industry experience during his time as an engineer in the telecommunications industry.


    Practice Areas

    patent; litigation; prosecution; counseling; and trademark and unfair competition


    computing; electrical; software; telecommunications; and business methods


    J.D., Northwestern School of Law, Cum Laude

    • Winner, Arlyn Miner Book Award for Excellence in Legal Writing and Research
    • Judicial Extern, Hon. Amy St. Eve, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    • Semi-finalist, Julius H. Miner Moot Court Competition

    B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Electrical Engineering, With Honors

    Admissions and Memberships

    • Illinois State Bar
    • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers