Prior to joining Peterson & Ross, Sheehan was an assistant district attorney in New York County under the leadership of Robert M. Morgenthau. She was also a founding partner of the New York firm of Walsh & Sheehan, LLP, which joined its litigation and arbitration practice in the areas of professional liability and insurance and reinsurance with Peterson & Ross in July of 2000.
Sheehan is a member of the New York State and American Bar Associations, as well as the Lawyers' Professional Liability section of the American Bar Association. She served as the secretary of the Medical Malpractice Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York from 1994 through 1997. Sheehan has lectured attorneys and insurance professionals in consecutive years on the valuation of cases in employment practices litigation during the two-day seminar on Insurance for Employment Practices Liability in New York City. She was a speaker at the ABA's National Legal Malpractice Conference in April 2001 and again in September of 2002. She is a member of the Alumni Board of Trustees for Albany Law School as well as a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society.
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Comfort Level - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
Credentials - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
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City - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?
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