Born in Asbury Park, N.J., Judge Shebell received his B.A., an LL.B. and J.D. from Rutgers University, where he was President of the Student Bar Association and President of Phi Delta Phi.

Judge Shebell received his L.L.M. from the University of Virginia Law School.

Admitted to the Bar of New Jersey in 1960 and New York in 1990, he sat as a Judge of the Monmouth County Court, 1976-1978; was appointed to the Superior Court in 1978; served as Assignment Judge, Vicinage #9, 1980-1983. Judge Shebell was appointed to the Appellate Division of Superior Court in 1983, retiring in 1998 after serving as Presiding Judge of Part G for many years, and on occasion, serving temporary appointments on the Supreme Court. Judge Shebell is a highly-valued member of the firm and serves its clients in an of counsel capacity. In other words, he provides guidance and insight to the firm’s partners and associates on the handling of specific legal matters and client affairs. In addition, Judge Shebell continues his own practice in the areas of alternative dispute resolution, mediation, and arbitration of complex civil litigation.


  • New Jersey Supreme Court Task Forces, Member, Women in the Courts
  • Disparity in Sentencing and Dispute Resolution
  • New Jersey Supreme Court Member, Committee on Relations with Media
  • American Association for Justice Member
  • American Association for Justice, 1972 – 1974 – New Jersey State Committeeman
  • American Association for Justice, 1975 – 1976 – Board of Governors
  • Monmouth Bar Association Member
  • Monmouth Bar Association, 1965 – 1968 – Trustee
  • Monmouth Bar Association, 1968 – 1971 – Secretary
  • Monmouth Bar Association, 1974 – 1975 – First Vice President
  • Monmouth Bar Association, 1975 – 1976 – President
  • New Jersey State Bar Association Member
  • American Bar Association Member
  • Zoning Board of Adjustment, Ocean Township – Chairman
  • Selective Service Board 33, 1974 – 1975 – Chairman
  • Ocean Township Lions Club, 1967 – 1972 – Director
  • Ocean Township Lions Club, 1973 – 1974 – President
  • Asbury Park Boys Club, 1963 – President
  • Rutgers Law School Alumni Association – Past President, Secretary, Treasurer and Director
  • New Jersey Supreme Court, 1993 – 1995 – Member, Task Force on Sexual Harassment
  • American Association for Justice, 1972 – 1975 – Member, Board of Governors
  • Asbury Park High School Hall of Fame


  • State of New Jersey, Appellate Division of Superior Court 1983-1998
  • State of New Jersey, Superior Court, Assignment Judge, 1980 – 1983
  • New Jersey County Court Monmouth County, Judge, 1976 – 1978
  • Thomas F. Shebell Law Offices, 1960 – 1976
  • President, The Mediation Expert, 1998-2013


  • State v. Michaels, 625 A.2d 489 (N.J.Super.A.D. 1993)
  • T.L. v. Toys R Us, Inc., 605 A.2d 1125 (N.J.Super.A.D. 1992)
  • State v. Celmer, 362 A.2d 1330 (N.J.Co. 1976)


  • New Jersey, 1960
  • New York, 1990


  • Lecturer, Trial Techniques, Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1962 – 1972


  • Asbury Park Boys Club Hall of Fame, October 21, 1988


  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law – Newark, New Jersey, 1960
  • LL.B., Bachelor of Law
  • Honors: LL.B. Replaced by J.D.
  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • L.L.M.


  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Beta Theta Pi

Practice Areas of Thomas F. Shebell, Jr.

A Legacy Of Excellence

Making Communities Safer

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Thomas Shebell was an A M A Z I N G attorney for our personal injury case. He made himself available to all our questions and concerns during the whole process. We were very nervous about it all and he set our fears to rest. You instantly believe in him after your first meeting. He was serious yet empathetic, had superb legal knowledge, and great judgement. His staff is also top notch. Words cannot describe how wonderful a lawyer we believe Thomas Shebell to be and would highly recommend him.
Posted by Michele on December 8

My hero, my attorney who is always there for me!

Tom Shebell has represented me and my family members in several cases. Tom is the most prepared lawyer I have ever seen, and demands respect in and outside of the court room. His staff is amazing and never makes you feel as if you are bothering them. I always feel that I am his most important client, and he always takes my call. If he is busy, I am reassured that he will get right back to me and he does. His knowledge of the law and research on your case is impecable, and will never give up until he gets the results that he feels are the best for you. Although he is the most professional attorney I have ever worked with, he refers you call him Tom (not Mr. Shebell), and I am most comfortable calling him Tommy. His cell phone is on his answering service, to comfort you and assuring you that you can reach him if necessary, no matter what. I will never retain another lawyer, unless it is a case that he cannot handle. That has never happened to me. Unfortunately, Tommy is handling a very emotional case for my family, and whenever we discuss it our meet together he is very comforting to us. For a family man, and extremely busy attorney to handle matters like this, it truly takes a special type of person, and extraordiinary human being. If anyone take my advise, Tom Shebell, III is the only attorney that should be called first, and believe me you will not make another call. As I said in my title, he is my true "hero"!
Posted by Sandi on September 17

I am Grateful I was able to have Thomas Shebell for my Lawyer

Thomas Shebell and his staff were very good to work with. They were always professional, but also very down to earth and real. I always felt that my best interest was their main concern. I was always able to call with questions and concerns and was never made to wait or to feel like I was inconveniencing anyone. I always felt that they knew instantly who I was and what was going on with my case. In the end, Thomas was able to get the best possible settlement for me. I am very grateful to have been treated like my case truly mattered to them.
Posted by Toni on March 28

Ferocious Fighter

Tom Shebell and his firm came highly recommended by several reputable people in the community. I come from a family deeply rooted in law enforcement, so I greatly appreciate that Tom grew up with the law as well, hailing from a family of highly respected attorneys. He easily grasped the complexity of my case and eased my concerns, while ferociously fighting for me. One of the moments that stands out to me the most was when I voiced a concern over possible retaliation and he said, "they're going to have come through me first." I wholeheartedly believed him then and now. There is no one else I'd want in my corner than Tom Shebell.
Posted by on February 23

A League Of His Own

Mere words cannot express my gratitude to Thomas F Shebell III. He took on a case, that other attorneys would shy away from and fought vehemently for my husband, myself and our daughter. His tenacity is only surpassed by his kindness and compassion for his clients well-being. I would recommend Mr. Shebell III to anyone who may need an attorney to guide them through a difficult time and see them through to a successful end. Many thanks again to him and his staff!!
Posted by Debbie on July 27