Song Without Words

About Gerald Shea


    Gerald Shea was born in New York City and has lived most of his life there and in Paris, and practiced law in both cities for many years with Debevoise & Plimpton as a member of the New York and Paris bars.  He has served as Secretary of the Committee on Atomic Energy, and as a member of the Committee on International Law, of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He is a graduate of Phillips Academy (Andover), Yale University, and Columbia Law School.  

    At Andover, Shea studied with Dudley Fitts, and at Yale with Maynard Mack and Robert Penn Warren.  He was awarded the Charles W. Carl Scholarship at Andover and was co-captain of the track team and a right halfback on the varsity football team. At Yale, Shea was a University Scholar and Maguire Foundation Scholar and a member of the Whiffenpoofs and of the Wolf’s Head Society.  At Columbia, he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and was awarded the Jerome Michael Scholarship for academic excellence.  He clerked for Professor Julius Goebel, Jr., the preeminent legal historian of our time.  In that capacity he assisted Professor Goebel with the research and writing for his History of the Supreme Court of the United States:  Antecedents and Beginnings to 1801, sponsored by the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise, and The Law Practice of Alexander Hamilton (Columbia University Press).

    While practicing law, Shea published internationally in legal and financial journals. Song without Words is his first work for a general audience. He's married to Claire de Gramont and lives in Paris and Mortefontaine, France, and spends summers on the North Shore of Massachusetts.

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