Tim Shay – Highly Rated Injury Lawyer in Springfield and Decatur, IL

“I love the practice of law. Every day brings a new case, a new client who needs my help. Every case is different, but I treat each case as if it were my most important – because, to my client, it is.”

A Passion for the Law

Tim Shay has been a lawyer for over 30 years and says his passion for the law is unwavering. Tim has earned a well-deserved reputation for being a tenacious fighter for victims of injuries. Not one to back down, he fights to get his clients the medical care and compensation they justly deserve.   What distinguishes Tim from other attorneys who own and lead personal injury law firms is that Tim is an actual litigator and not a spokesperson.  Throughout Tim's practice, he has tried over fifty jury trials to verdict.  Tim has further arbitrated over 200 workers' compensation claims before the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission and has argued appeals before the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, and the Illinois Appellate Courts.  Tim has also litigated personal injury lawsuits in all three Districts of the Illinois Federal Court system.

Further,  Tim  has  maintained  his  Missouri  law  license  since   1987  and  litigated  medical malpractice and personal injury claims.

Personal Bio

Tim Shay graduated from the University of Illinois with a BS Degree in Commerce and Business Administration in 1983 and from the University of Missouri with his Juris Doctorate in 1986. He is licensed to practice law in the States of Illinois and Missouri and in all Districts of the Illinois Federal Courts.

Tim has devoted his over thirty years of practice as a lawyer to clients who have suffered injuries due to the fault of others and while at work. When you meet Tim, his passion for the practice of law, and more particularly, litigation, is obvious.

Tim has earned the well-deserved  reputation  of being a tenacious fighter for victims of injuries and never one to back down.   Tim's  litigation success  and competency  in the fields of personal injury, medical  malpractice  and workers'  compensation  has been recognized  by attorneys  who frequently  refer clients to Tim.   Tim's  clients know they will get an honest assessment of their case from the very first meeting to prevent unnecessary surprises throughout the litigation process.

Tim has been recognized as one of the leading attorneys in the country.  He has also achieved the highest  rating, AV Pre-eminent,  in the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review  Ratings.    The  AV rating  is a compilation  of ratings  from  attorneys  and  the judiciary.    This  rating is considered  to  be an objective indicator of a lawyer's high ethical standards and professional ability.  Tim has further received the award of a Leading Lawyer in the country meaning he is among the nation's  top lawyers based upon a survey of his peers.   (see Success Record).

Tim has given back to the legal community  by his countless hours as a faculty member for the Illinois  Institute  for Continuing  Legal Education,  teaching  other attorneys in the State of Illinois.   The topics that Tim has lectured on throughout the state include personal injury litigation, medical malpractice litigation and workers'  compensation  law.  Tim has also devoted a considerable amount of his time and efforts  with lecturing  lawyers about medical  issues that play a core role in successfully  litigating civil injury  claims.   Tim has also  been recognized  by his peers as a referral source  for  complex  litigation involving  personal  injury and medical malpractice  matters.   A simple Google review will further verify the hard work, dedication and unmatched results that Tim has given for his clients.  You can rest assured that Tim will provide you competent representation  for your case.

Email: timothyshay@shayandassociates.com

Areas of Practice

  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Premises Liability

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1986
  • Missouri, 1987
  • Federal Court, 1987

Litigation Percentage

  • 100 percent of our practice is devoted to litigation.


  • University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri, 1986 – Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois 1983 – Bachelor of Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar Association, 1985 – Present: Member
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1988 – Present: Member
  • Missouri Bar Association, 1987 – Present: Member
  • Decatur Bar Association, 1992 – Present: Member
  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) Faculty since 1992, Teaching Yearly Workers’ Compensation Seminar, 1992 – Present: Member
  • Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Pro Bono Activities

  • Decatur Bar Association, Land of Lincoln Pro Bono Program, 1996 – Present

Shay & Associates Law Firm

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