Henry Shields, Jr. is a member of the Commercial Litigation Practice Group based in the firm's new Los Angeles office in Century City. Before joining Drinker Biddle, he spent over thirty-three years at Irell & Manella LLP, where he became a partner in 1980. His work focuses on civil jury trials in state and federal courts, representing defendants and plaintiffs in a broad array of commercial disputes. He is a highly experienced litigator who has represented major entertainment companies in cases concerning First Amendment, copyright, right of privacy and business-related issues.
Henry is a former chair of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference and of its Executive Committee. During the time that he was a member of the Ninth Circuit Executive Committee he was also a member of the Ninth Circuit Gender Bias Task Force. Henry is also a former ex officio member of the Ninth Circuit Task Force on Racial, Religious and Ethnic Fairness.
In 2007, Henry was listed as one of the Hollywood Reporter, Esq.'s "Top 100 Power Lawyers Outside Counsel." He also has been included in The Best Lawyers in America since 2000, and in Los Angeles Magazine's Southern California "Super Lawyers" list every year since it has been published. The Century City Bar Association recently named Henry as its Entertainment Lawyer of the Year.