Thomas J. Shields was appointed a part-time United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Iowa on January 14, 1997, and in June, 2000 was appointed to full-time status. Magistrate Judge Shields received his B.A. from the College of William & Mary in Virginia, and his J.D. from Indiana University. After completing law school, Magistrate Judge Shields worked as a law clerk for the Honorable W. C. Stuart, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Iowa. He was in private practice at Lane & Waterman, Davenport, Iowa from 1974 until 2000.
Magistrate Judge Shields is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a fellow of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is also a member of Working Group 1 of the Sedona Conference. He has been a panelist at Sedona Conference seminars; a presenter at the Iowa Defense Counsel 2011 Annual Seminar; and has participated in a round-table written presentation in The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, August, 2011; a panelist at The Masters Conference, Washington, D.C., October 2011; and a panelist at presentations sponsored by The Sedona Conference.