Justin T. Shay | Partner

Justin T. Shay


Providence College, B.A., 1978
New York Law School, J.D., 1982, Law Review

Practice Areas

Bankruptcy and Reorganization
Health Care
Employment Law
Commercial Real Estate


2000, United States Supreme Court
1983, United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit
1983, U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island
1982, Rhode Island

Contact Information

Email: jshay@cm-law.com
Phone: 401-331-5700
Fax: 401-331-5787
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Justin has been practicing law in Rhode Island for 34 years. He has extensive experience practicing before all Rhode Island state and federal courts, including appellate tribunals and administrative boards. Justin’s clients include: general business organizations, banking and financial institutions, real estate title companies, insurance companies, and various health care providers, including health care institutions and physicians.

Over the years, Justin has amassed an impressive litigation and appellate record, particularly in the areas of business, insolvency, and real estate title litigation, with over thirty reported decisions. Justin is a lecturer on real estate law and has been engaged as an expert in real estate litigation matters by the State of Rhode Island and leading Rhode Island law firms. Justin serves as a court-appointed receiver and commissioner for the sale of real estate. For the past 20 years, Justin has overseen and coordinated nationally, the defense of a client in mass toxic tort litigation. He is also a former Assistant Solicitor for the Town of North Kingstown.

Justin has been named a New England Super Lawyer in business litigation and has been named a top attorney in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly magazine. Justin is the 2011 recipient of the Rhode Island Bar Association’s prestigious Joseph E. Houlihan Lifetime Mentor Award.

Professional Associations

  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Sections of Litigation, Real Estate Litigation Committee
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute 

Charitable and Community Activities & Affiliations 

  • Board Member, Saint Thomas More Society of Rhode Island
  • Secretary, Board of Governors, The Hope Club
  • United States District Court, Local Rules Review Committee

Special Honors 

  • Rhode Island Bar Association’s Joseph E. Houlihan Lifetime Mentor Award for 2011
  • Rhode Island and New England Super Lawyer, 2010 – 2016
  • Rhode Island Monthly, Top Attorneys in Rhode Island, 2010 – 2016
  • Martindale Hubbell Rated AV Preeminent in Commercial Law and Litigation

 Publications and Lectures 

  • Delivered numerous lectures and prepared publications on Rhode Island real estate law for the Rhode Island Bar Association and numerous professional, continuing education providers