David B. Shea


With more than 25 years experience in estate planning, trust and probate law, David Shea has seen every side of civil, family and probate courts.

A certified specialist in the field and a partner at Ferguson Case Orr Paterson, David has handled trials, mediations and appeals dealing with probate, trust, estate and elder abuse matters. Before joining our firm, his experience included serving as a specially assigned prosecutor for the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office and as Assistant City Attorney for the cities of Ojai and Fillmore. He has also presided over more than 1,000 cases involving probate, trusts, guardianships, conservatorships, civil elder abuse, domestic violence and child support as a Judge Pro Tem of the Ventura County Superior Court.

David’s knowledge of substantive law and technical legal rules has been honed from this experience and his service as a court-appointed receiver and trustee. In this role, he has sold and managed residential, commercial, and agricultural properties in receivership overseen the day-to-day operation of construction businesses, medical offices, restaurants, gas stations and mobile home parks. Thus, on top of his legal expertise, David understands every element of administering a business’s finances, including managing employees, payroll and taxes, interacting with vendors, negotiating contracts and collecting accounts receivable.

A graduate of the Ventura College of Law – founded by David’s grandfather, the late Richard E. Erwin — David has been rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbard. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Ventura County Bar Association, the Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association, the American Inns of Court – Ventura County, the CPA/Law Society of Ventura County, the Estate Planning Council of Ventura County and the Los Angeles/Orange County Chapter of the California Receivers Forum. He is also a past president of the Ventura County Planned Giving Council and a past chair for Ventura County of the State Bar of California’s conference of delegates.

Outside of his wide-ranging legal expertise, David serves with a host of community organizations in Ventura County. He also appreciates the country lifestyle of rural corners of Ventura County and enjoys outrigger canoeing, motorcycling, horseback riding and ice hockey.

Published Opinions

  • Kucker v. Kucker (2011) 192 Cal.App.4th 90
  • Araiza v. Younkin (2010) 188 Cal.App.4th 1120
  • Patton v. Sherwood (2007) 152 Cal.App.4th 339
  • Estate of Amelia Daily Huston (1997) 51 Cal.App.4th 1721
  • United States v. Jose Lopez-Flores (9th Cir. 1995) 63 F.3d 1468
  • In re Dirk S. (1993) 14 Cal.App.4th 1037

Practice Groups

Bar and Professional

  • State Bar of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States Tax Court
  • President’s Pro Bono Service Award Nominee (State Bar of California)
  • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
  • Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
  • State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section
  • State Bar of California Conference of Delegates, Ventura County (Past Chair)
  • Ventura County Bar Association, Estate Planning Probate Section, (Past Chair)
  • Ventura County Trial Lawyers
  • Ventura County Planned Giving Council (Past President)
  • American Inns of Court – Ventura Chapter
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section
  • CPA/Law Society of Ventura County
  • Estate Planning Council of Ventura County
  • California Receivers Forum- LA/OC Chapter


  • J.D., Ventura College of Law


  • Rotary Club of Ventura
  • Turning Point Foundation
  • Salvation Army of Ventura
  • California State University, Channel Islands (Planned Giving Advisory Council)
  • Boys & Girls Club of Ventura
  • Leadership Ventura, City of Ventura
  • Ventura Police Activities League (PAL)

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