1. Why did you become a lawyer?
I was a squadron legal officer in the Marine Corps and liked what I was doing. A good Marine friend of mine became a lawyer, and I thought it would be a good career.
2. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Do the right thing, even when it is difficult.
3. Where are your favorite places to travel?
Italy, Germany, Switzerland, New Zealand and anywhere in the U.S.
4.What are some of the highlights of being involved in the Veterans Advocacy Project (VAP)?
Working with bright young minds and seeing immediate results with some of the clients we have helped.
5. What sparked your interest in joining the Colorado Army National Guard?
I was a helicopter pilot during Vietnam while serving with the Marine Corps. I wanted to join the Marine Corps Reserves in 1987 but they told me I was too old. We were living in Aurora under the Buckley flight path and I would run outside to watch the Army helicopters fly over. My wife encouraged me to call them.
6. How have your experiences in the military influenced your approach to mediation?
I have only represented clients in mediation and have not done mediation myself. I think that being able to calm my clients and get them to see the bigger picture comes from my military experience.
7. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Cyclists who don’t announce that they are passing you. A simple call of “on your left” is basic courtesy.
8. How do you de-stress?
Bicycle or read.
9. What’s your favorite board game?
10. If you weren’t a lawyer, you’d be:
An orthopedic surgeon — if I were smart enough to get through med school; otherwise, a medical pilot. D
More about you:
Lives In: Centennial
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Works at: Home (The Law Offices of Michael L. Shea, LLC and DU Law School)
Practices in: Veterans Law
Law School: DU