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.
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.
Areas of Practice
- Workers’ Compensation
- Personal Injury
- Medical Malpractice
- Product Liability
- Premises Liability
- Illinois, 1986
- Missouri, 1987
- Federal Court, 1987
- 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
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated Lawyer
- Leading Lawyer
Pro Bono Activities
- Decatur Bar Association, Land of Lincoln Pro Bono Program, 1996 – Present