Dennis Shields Biography – Dennis Shields Wiki
Dennis Shields was the CEO of litigation funding company LawCash. He was also an actor, known for The Girlfriend Experience (2009) and The Real Housewives of New York City (2008).
He earned an M.A. in public relations from New York University. After graduating, Shields went on to start several different financial and crowd-funding companies.
He helped create the American Legal Finance Association (ALFA), and from June 1996 to May 2002, he was the president and CEO of HealthShield Capital Corporation. HealthShield “provides financing, billing, collection and collateral-management services to the healthcare marketplace on a nationwide basis.”
In 2015, Shields co-founded the financial service company YieldStreet. The company provides access to asset based investments and allows average consumers to “participate in opportunities with low market correlation and target yields.”
Shields founded the Esquire Bank in 2007. Esquire Bank is a full service bank founded by attorneys for attorneys. We are deeply aligned with the trial bar and cognizant of the unique needs and cash flow issues of the contingency fee practice. Esquire Bank provides customized banking and business solutions to service those [in need].
Dennis Shields Age
He died on August 10, 2018 in New York City, New York, USA. He was 51.
Dennis Shields Parents – Dennis Shields Family
Shields was born to an affluent family. His mother, Gail Shields, was a lawyer and his father, Lawrence Shields, was a neurologist.
Dennis Shields Wife
Shields was married to his wife Jill Shields. The pair were married for 26 years before separating in 2016. They had not yet finalized their divorce when he died.
Dennis Shields Children
Shields and his estranged wife Jill had four children together; daughters Tyler, Darien, and Kelsey, and one son, Zachary.
Dennis Shields Girlfriend
He was the on/off boyfriend of Real Housewives star Bethenny Frankel.
Dennis Shields Job
Shields was the CEO of LawCash, a Brooklyn-based firm which bankrolls lawsuits against New York City. He was also the executive chairman of Esquire bank and the fin-tech start-up YieldStreet.
Dennis Shields Net Worth
He had an estimated net worth of $11 million.
Dennis Shields Death
He was found dead at his Trump Tower home in New York City, New York on Friday, August 10, 2018. On Sunday, August 26, 2018 she posted a tweet paying tribute to Shields. She wrote: “It’s hard to breathe & I appreciate you giving me the space & support to try to do so. It’s excruciating-sudden death is no closure & constant ?s & memories. Our relationship is current so it’s painfully raw. Trying to stay healthy & move through it w tears & close friends. Xo.”
Dennis Shields Cause of Death
Dennis Shields’ cause of death was drug overdose. after overdosing on oxycodone, an addictive opioid he was taking to treat back pain after a 2015 surgery.
Dennis Shields Autopsy
No autopsy was conducted on Shields. Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson said in a statement: “An OCME autopsy was not performed in this case due to a religious objection, upheld by (New York) law in such instances where no criminality is suspected.”
Aja Worthy-Davis, the spokeswoman for the medical examiner, did not disclose Shields’ religion, citing privacy reasons. She said such objections are not uncommon in New York, a city with multiple religious communities that object to autopsies. She said the case is closed as far as the medical examiner is concerned.
Dennis Shields Funeral
Dennis Shields’ funeral was at a cemetery in Long Island.