Syracuse University College of Law, 1978
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1995
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1978
Pro hac vice admissions in New Jersey, New York, Delaware, and Michigan
Carol Nelson Shepherd, a founding partner of Feldman Shepherd, has devoted her legal career to helping those catastrophically injured by medical malpractice. For more than 30 years, she has vigorously advocated for her clients in claims against health care providers arising from obstetric and childbirth injuries, delayed diagnosis of cancer, improperly performed surgery, and other types of substandard medical care.
Carol has won many multi-million dollar recoveries in medical malpractice cases. A sampling of her recent results include:
• $4.5 million in a suburban Philadelphia county for dental malpractice causing brain damage and paralysis
• $24 million for a Philadelphia brain injury case to a newborn
• $16 million in Federal Court for the negligent management of labor and delivery resulting in permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy
• $10 million in New York state for cerebral palsy case following failure respond to non-reassuring electronic fetal monitoring and failure to perform a biophysical profile
• $7.5 million in rural Michigan for brain injury case in the course of a negligently managed labor and delivery
• $7.1 million for obstetric malpractice in New York state
• $7 million for a brain-injured infant in upstate Pennsylvania
• $5 million in Philadelphia kernicterus case resulting from a for failure to diagnose and treat jaundice
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Each year since 2004, Carol has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania, as a Top 100 Super Lawyer in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania, and as a Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Super Lawyer. In 2015, Carol was designated by Best Lawyers in America as “Lawyer of the Year” in the field of Medical Malpractice Law. She is the recipient of The Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association’s Justice Michael A. Musmanno Award, the highest honor bestowed upon any Philadelphia trial lawyer. Carol has also been a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers since her induction in 2006, and a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America since 2010.
A distinguished lecturer and author of articles regarding medical malpractice and trial preparation, Carol has also held prominent leadership positions in regional and national legal organizations. She was the first woman president of The Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and was also elected president of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. In 2015-2016, Carol served as President of the Board of the Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP), an organization that addresses the unmet legal needs of Philadelphia’s homeless and shelter populations. Presently, Carol is a member of the Board of Directors of the Lawyers’ Club of Philadelphia.
When Carol isn’t practicing law or spending time with her husband and children, she enjoys cooking, reading, and writing legal thriller novels.
Carol, a Syracuse University College of Law graduate, is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She has been admitted pro hac vice in New Jersey, New York, Delaware, and Michigan.
Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia Former Settlement Master and Present Judge Pro Tem, 1993 – Present
Women’s Law Project Board of Trustees, 1999 – Present
Philadelphia Bar Association Member, Board of Governors, 1985 – 1988, Officer positions, 1986 – 2002
Pennsylvania Association for Justice Member, President, 1997 – 1998, Board of Directors and Officer positions, 1982 – 2001
Pennsylvania Bar Association Member, House of Delegates, 1987 – Present, Officer positions, 1986 – 2000
Association of Trial Lawyers of America Member, Board of Governors and Committee Officer positions, 1988 – 1999
Trial Advocacy Foundation of Pennsylvania Statewide Seminar Committee, 1986 – 1995
Lawyers for Consumer Rights Board of Directors and Officer, 1988 – 1991
Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association Member, President, 1987 – 1988, Board of Directors and Officer positions, 1979 – 1987
The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Former Chair, Hearing Committee Member
Million Dollar Advocates Forum Member
American Bar Association Member, Prior Vice-Chair – Law & Medicine Committee
Super Lawyer Thomson Reuters, 2004 – 2017 Top 50 Women in Pennsylvania, 2004 – 2017 Medical Malpractice Super Lawyer
Best Lawyers U.S. News and World Report, 2013 – 2018 Lawyer of the Year in Medical Malpractice Law, 2015 Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in Pennsylvania American Society of Legal Advocates, 2014
Lifetime Achievement Award The Legal Intelligencer, 2013
Woman of the Year The Legal Intelligencer, 2012
Fellow Litigation Counsel of America, 2010
Woman of the Year Women’s Resource Center, 2009
Fellow American College of Trial Lawyers, 2006
Justice Michael Musmanno Award Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, 2000
Milton D. Rosenberg Award Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, 1990
Civil Litigation Section Special Award Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1996
Top 100 Trial Lawyers – Civil Plaintiff Category National Trial Lawyers
Delegate Third Circuit Conference, 1987
Proving Medical Negligence Cases Through the Defendant Doctor’s Deposition Philadelphia Association for Justice Annual Med Mal Seminar, 2014
Social Media – Its New Role in Discovery and Litigation Philadelphia Bar Institute Medical Malpractice Seminar, 2014
Proving Medical Negligence Cases Through the Defendant Doctor”s Deposition Feldman Shepherd CLE Program Seminar, 2013
Social Media New Role in Discovery and Litigation Pennsylvania Bar Institute Seminar: Medical Malpractice Update, 2013
Electronic Medical Records, and, Disturbing New Trends in Medicine – Effect on Medical Malpractice Cases Moderator, Pennsylvania Association for Justice Annual Full Day Medical Malpractice Seminar, 2011
Homeless Advocacy Project President, 2015 – 2016 Board of Directors, 2005 – Present, Annual Benefit Co-Chair, 2012
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