IALDA Member: Thomas Sheehan

Thomas Sheehan

Sheehan & Lower, P.C.

Board Member


6 Spring Street
Cary, Illinois 60013
United States

Tel: (847) 516-3200

Fax: (847) 516-3443


Thomas Sheehan received an Associate degree in Aircraft Mechanics from Lewis University in 1973 and holds a full FAA air frame and power plant mechanic’s license. Mr Sheehan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational and Technical Education with High Honors from the University of Illinois in 1978 and a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University Law School in 1984. In addition to working as a ride mechanic and technician for five years at a major theme park, Mr. Sheehan also taught professionally for several years as an industrial arts instructor. Mr Sheehan has acted as the crew chief of an amateur auto road racing team from 1976 to 1991. After graduation from law school in 1984, he was engaged in insurance defense as a trial attorney. He is one of the founding partners of the Sheehan and Lower firm. For the last twenty years, Mr Sheehan has been involved in issues pertaining to the amusement industry. As an outgrowth of his years of service to the manufacturers of amusement rides and devices, he was asked to become the Executive Director and General Counsel for AIMS International Ltd, (Amusement Industry Manufacturers and Suppliers, International), a trade association of manufacturers and suppliers to the amusement industry. As Executive Director and General Counsel to AIMS, Mr Sheehan directs the only organization dedicated to protecting the interests of the manufacturers and suppliers to the industry. He has attended and participated in governmental hearings in Washington DC on the Americans with Disabilities act, helped to draft pro-industry legislation in several states and he has provided valuable legal advice to AIMS members. He is also a founding director of IALDA (International Amusement and Leisure Defense Association). Mr Sheehan is also the Secretary of the Inspections Committee of ASTM (American Society of Testing and Materials) F-24 Committee, “Standards for Amusement Rides and Devices”, the body that sets national standards for the amusement industry In January, 1996 he was elected as an officer to the overall F-24 Main Committee. Mr Sheehan has instructed at numerous industry educational seminars including: National Association of Amusement Rides Safety Officials (NAARSO), American Recreational Equipment Association (AREA), International Recreational Go-Kart Association (IRGA), International Association of Amusement Rides and Attractions (IAAPA), World Water Park Association (WWA), International Family Entertainment Center Association (IFECA) and Amusement Industry Manufacturers and Suppliers International (AIMS). Mr Sheehan is the only attorney in the Nation who holds both Level 1 and Level 2 NAARSO Amusement Ride Safety Inspector’s Certificates. Due to his unique background, Mr Sheehan practices nationally in the defense of product liability actions. Several major manufacturers have written the Sheehan & Lower firm into their policies of insurance as the only acceptable firm to handle claims and lawsuits on their behalf. The Sheehan & Lower firm represents a wide range of manufacturers with diverse product lines. In addition to multiple amusement industry products, Mr. Sheehan has defended a wide range of product claims involving: earth moving equipment cranes, forklifts, punch presses, ladders industrial electrical and pneumatic hand tools, aircraft, automotive components, farm equipment surgical equipment, swimming pools, and numerous consumer products. The firm has experience in handling Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) investigations into possible product hazards. Mr Sheehan is listed in the CPSCNS Directory of State Enforcement and Safety Officials For Amusement Rides directory under “Additional Safety Agency & Association Contacts” for his work on behalf of manufacturers of amusement equipment .

Mr Sheehan is the author of: How to Prepare Your Fact Witness For a Deposition, Federal Discovery News, January , 1995.

Mr Sheehan has trial and appellate experience and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.