Carol Nelson ShepherdCarol Nelson Shepherd

Carol Nelson Shepherd

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The Team

Education

Syracuse University College of Law, 1978

Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1995

Pennsylvania, 1978

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:

Medical Malpractice:

• $4.5 million in a suburban Philadelphia county for dental malpractice causing brain damage and paralysis

• $24 million for a Philadelphia brain injury case of a newborn infant with a correctable birth anomaly


Birth Injury:

• $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.

Education

Syracuse University College of Law, 1978

Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1995

Pennsylvania, 1978

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1978

Pro hac vice admissions in New Jersey, New York, Delaware, and Michigan

Affiliations

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

Awards

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

 

Speaking Engagements

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 – It’s 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

Community Involvement

Homeless Advocacy Project
President, 2015 – 2016
Board of Directors, 2005 – Present,
Annual Benefit Co-Chair, 2012