J.D., cum laude, William Mitchell College of Law
B.A., summa cum laude, Winona State University
Awards & Honors
American College of Trusts and Estates Council (ACTEC), Fellow
“Minnesota Super Lawyer,” Thomson Reuters, 2014-2016
“Minnesota Rising Star,” Thomson Reuters, 2005, 2007-2013
Matt Shea works with families, executives, and business owners on estate planning, business and farm succession planning, estate and trust administration, fiduciary litigation, and international estate and tax planning. He helps clients achieve their estate planning goals and guides families through the estate settlement and administration process after they have lost a loved one. Matt is often brought into contested estates, trusts, guardianships and conservator proceedings to help resolve difficult and sensitive issues. He also helps families establish a legacy in the community through charitable planning and giving.
Matt has been an elected Fellow of ACTEC since 2011. ACTEC is a nation-wide organization of distinguished trusts and estates practitioners who elect Fellows based on peer nomination and the lawyer demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence, and at least ten years of experience practicing exclusively as trusts and estates counselors. In addition, he is an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law where he teaches the course “Wills, Trusts, & Estates.” Previously, he also taught “Estate Taxation & Estate Planning” and “Estate Planning and Estate Administration.” In April 2013, he won the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching from the University of St. Thomas School of Law. In 2014, he also received the firm-wide Mooty Award in honor of excellent client service and business development.
With a mind for law and a passion for helping people, Matt knows the importance of developing cohesive client relationships and that trust isn’t built overnight. He takes time getting to know his clients and listening to their needs. Clients say they appreciate Matt’s genuine personality and approachability and they benefit from his extensive experience, engaging nature, and tenacity to get the job done. When he’s not working or coaching his kids’ hockey and basketball teams, Matt plays for the Troopers in the AHA and lends his legal expertise or a helping hand to those in need. He currently volunteers with the Children’s Legacy Advisors and AIDS Project Estate Planning Clinic. He’s a past member of Minneapolis Rotary Club No. 9, a board member of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and a volunteer attorney with Wills for Heroes Minnesota and Catholic Charities’ planned giving committee.
University of St. Thomas Law School, Adjunct Professor
American Bar Association, member
Hennepin County Bar Association, Probate Section, past chair, vice chair, and program director
Minnesota State Bar Association, Probate & Trust Law Section, Legislative Committee
Ramsey County Bar Association, member