Matt Shea works with high net worth 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. In addition, he has vast experience working with private equity and hedge fund general partners and single- and multi-family offices. 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. He was an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law from 2009–2018, where he taught a number of courses and won the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2013. 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 one of his kid’s sport teams—Matt enjoys running, disc golf, fishing, and hockey. He lends his legal expertise or a helping hand to those in need. He is the chair of the Children’s Legacy Advisor Group and member of the Board of Directors at Children’s Minnesota.