Philip J. ‘Chip’ O’Shea Jr., 75, Long-Time Personal Injury Lawyer | Featured obituaries


He graduated from Canisius High School in 1963 and from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., In 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in English. He was very proud of his Jesuit upbringing, said Deborah O’Shea, and kept in touch with friends from his school years all his life.

Mr. O’Shea enrolled in the University of Buffalo School of Law, then interrupted his studies to serve in the United States Army National Guard for a year. He was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, where he was the platoon leader.

After returning home he resumed his law studies and graduated in 1972. His wife testified that Mr. O’Shea was invited to class meetings in 1971 and 1972 because he had been member of both classes.

Mr. O’Shea worked as an Allstate claims adjuster while studying law and after graduation worked as a defense attorney for O’Shea, Adamson, Napier, Quinn & Cummings, judging cases at the request of insurance companies. In 1984, according to his biography, he “changed sides” practicing plaintiff personal injury law at the law firm of Eugene C. Tenney.

He was a partner at Smith, Miner, O’Shea & Smith from 1992 until he fell ill.

A member of the Erie County Bar Association, Mr. O’Shea was named Super Lawyer for several consecutive years between 2012 and 2020 by the website He was named Buffalo Business First Lawyer of the Year in 2012. His wife, also a lawyer, said Mr. O’Shea was “respected by his peers as a very formidable trial lawyer, but still civil and professional. . a gentleman. “


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