Cristina M. Shea



  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1995, J.D.
  • University of California, Berkeley, 1989, B.A.

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • California

Court Admissions

  • All State and Federal Courts - California

Cristina is a litigation partner in Reed Smith's San Francisco office and is a member of the Firm’s Insurance Recovery Group. Cristina’s practice focuses primarily on insurance coverage matters where she represents corporate policyholders in disputes with their insurance carriers. In addition to handling complex litigation, Cristina also counsels clients on their existing insurance programs, policy renewals, and prospective coverage.Cristina represents clients in industries that range from telecommunications, to financial institutions, pension funds trustees, technology companies, restaurants/food manufacturing and oil and chemical companies.

Most recently Cristina has represented a Fortune 500 financial institution in multiple cases throughout the country involving mortgage insurance, subprime mortgage claims and mortgage fraud claims. In that representation, Cristina was trial counsel for matters venued in federal court and multiple arbitrations.

Cristina has counseled multiple pension fund trustees on issues ranging from fiduciary liability claims, establishing self-insurance programs, and advising on alternative coverage options.

More broadly, Cristina has represented clients in matters involving environmental and remediation claims, employment practices liability, fiduciary liability, professional liability, securities fraud, directors and officers ("D&O") liability, and claims under comprehensive general liability (CGL) policies.

Cristina has also represented multiple clients in first-party property claims, including property damage, and business interruption claims.

Cristina is admitted to practice in California, including all state and federal courts.

Employment History

  • 2008 - Reed Smith
  • 2003 - Morgan Lewis & Bockius
  • 1995 - Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP