Shea FlanaganSpreyer


Chicago + 1.312.269.4255

Shea Flanagan Spreyer represents and counsels clients in complex commercial litigation matters, arbitration proceedings, and investigations. Much of her work is focused on representing financial institutions and corporate clients in disputes involving contract, tort, and statutory claims.

Shea has diverse litigation experience, including briefing and motions practice, e-discovery, fact investigation, offensive and defensive discovery, taking depositions, working with fact and expert witnesses, and arguing in court. She has extensive experience defending financial institutions in claims involving fraud, breach of contract, negligence, and breach of fiduciary duty, among other claims. Her recent experience includes representing private equity firms and corporate entities in post-closing indemnity and coverage disputes based on breaches of representations and warranties.

In addition, Shea has experience arbitrating a variety of commercial disputes, including Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and cross-border International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration matters. Shea also assists in internal and government investigations related to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues and corporate misconduct.

Shea maintains an active pro bono practice, representing refugees seeking asylum in the United States and participating in the Firm's anti-human trafficking initiatives. Through the Firm's Border Project, Shea recently represented a Venezuelan refugee that secured a grant of asylum based on past political persecution.


  • Private equity firm and portfolio company obtain voluntary dismissal of employment-related claimsJones Day represented a private equity firm and one of its portfolio companies in litigation brought by a former remote employee of the portfolio company.
  • Private equity firm resolves coverage dispute based on breaches of representations and warrantiesJones Day represented a private equity firm in a coverage dispute against a global insurance company that issued a representations and warranties policy for the transaction at issue.
  • Securities broker-dealer defends unsuitability claims in FINRA arbitration mattersJones Day is defending a large securities broker-dealer in several FINRA arbitrations related to claims of unsuitable investment recommendations.
  • Multinational manufacturing firm receives full declination in federal forced labor and securities grand jury investigationJones Day successfully represented a publicly traded multinational manufacturing firm in a federal grand jury investigation into alleged forced labor and securities offenses related to its operations in China.
  • Venezuelan political activist obtains asylumA Jones Day trial team successfully persuaded a Chicago immigration judge to grant asylum for client S based on past persecution for her political opinion by the Venezuelan government.
  • Multinational corporation resolves indemnity claim for breaches of representations and warrantyJones Day represented a multinational corporation in litigation arising from its purchase of a company.
  • Pharmaceutical client prevails in ICC arbitration arising from royalty disputeJones Day served as lead counsel for a pharmaceutical client and the licensor in a cross-border arbitration.
  • Global investment banking firm resolves trustee dispute without litigationJones Day defended a global investment banking firm against claims asserted by a liquidating trustee of a bankrupt entity that had previously engaged our client.