Tim Shay has been a lawyer for 30 years and says his passion for the law is unwavering. “I love the practice of law. Every day brings a new case, a new client who needs my help. Every case is different but I treat each case as if it was my most important because to my client it is.”

Tim has earned a well-deserved reputation of being a tenacious fighter for victims of injuries. Not one to back down, he fights to get his clients the medical care and compensation they deserve. (See Success page)

Tim handles worker’s compensation, personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability and premises liability cases.

Tim’s daughter, Stephanie, joined his law firm in 2013 and is earning a reputation of her own as a tough litigator. His wife, Rhonda Ferrero-Patten, is also an attorney. Tim has two daughters and a stepdaughter and stepson. He loves traveling and working out.


Springfield, Illinois
Phone: 217/523-5900
Fax: 217/523-5903
Decatur, Illinois
Phone: 217/425-5900
Fax: 217/425-5901

Areas of Practice:

  • Personal Injury
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Products Liability

Litigation Percentage: 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 1986
  • Missouri, 1987
  • S. Federal Court, 1987


  • University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri, 1986 -Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois 1983 -Bachelor of Science

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Illinois State Bar Association, 1985 – Present:  Member
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1988 – Present: Member
  • Missouri Bar Association, 1987 – Present: Member
  • Decatur Bar Association, 1992 – Present: Member
  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) Faculty Since 1992, Teaching Yearly Workers’ Compensation Seminar, 1992 – Present: Member

Pro Bono Activities:

  • Decatur Bar Association, Land of Lincoln Pro Bono Program, 1996-Present