John Shean

John Shean

Of Counsel
Bloomington, Indiana

John has been of counsel to the firm since April of 2017. A California native, John obtained his B.A. in History and Political Science from Claremont McKenna College in 1978. John graduated from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, in 1981 and joined the firm of Wise & Nelson in Los Angeles as an insurance defense attorney. John became a partner of the firm in 1987.

In 1988 John and his family left Los Angeles and moved to Bloomington, Indiana where he served as the executive director of COTA - the Children's Organ Transplant Association. In 1990 John returned to the practice of law and opened Shean Law Offices.

John has the highest possible Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell. Per Martindale-Hubbell, "an AV® Preeminent certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that his peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence."

Since 1981 John has handled a great variety of personal injury, products liability, insurance and worker's compensation claims. In 1997 he became certified as a civil mediator. John has taught at dozens of continuing legal education seminars.

John has served as a board member of numerous non-profit organizations including the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Bloomington, Heart of Sailing, Kids' Chance and Realife Media. For ten years he coached the Indiana Cutters - a semi-pro football team in Bloomington. He was an active member of Ellettsville Christian Church.

During the summer of 2017 John and his wife moved to Kansas City, Missouri to be close to their son, daughter-in-law, and their grandson.  John is now largely retired and enjoying his grandson and his lifelong passion for golf.

You can email John at [email protected].

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Registered Civil Mediator, Indiana, 1998

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1981
  • Indiana, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 1991


  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1981
  • Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, California
    • B.A. - 1978
    • Major: History
    • Major: Political Science

Representative Clients

  • Indiana Metal Craft, Incorporated
  • Public Health Nursing Association of South Central Indiana
  • Teen Life Productions, Inc.
  • Backstreet Missions, Inc.
  • Ellettsville Christian Academy


  • Bank One, Bloomington, Indiana

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer each year since 2004
  • Named Best Lawyers in America
  • Recognized by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • LifeSpeed Foundation, Founder, 1987 - 1988
  • United Way of Monroe County, Incorporated, Chairman, Communications Committee, 1990
  • Combined Health Appeal of California, Board Member, 1987 - 1988
  • So. California Chapter, American Liver Foundation, President, 1986 - 1988
  • Teen Life Productions and Realife Media, Inc., Board Member, 1999 - 2014
  • Crisis Pregnancy Center of Bloomington, Inc., Board Member, 1992-2000, 2014-2017
  • COTA -- Children's Organ Transplant Association, Bloomington, Indiana, Executive Director, 1988 - 1990
  • District 60, Candidate for Indiana State Representative, 2000
  • Monroe County Republican Party, Chairman, 2004 - 2005
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • Ellettsville Christian Church, Active Member
  • WVNI-FM Radio, Bloomington, Color Commentator, 1998 - 2016

Past Employment Positions

  • Wise, Wiezorek, Timmons & Wise, Los Angeles, California, Associate, 1981 - 1987
  • Wise, Wiezorek, Timmons & Wise, Los Angeles, California, Partner, 1987 - 1988