Contact Carol:

Phone: (215) 567-8300
Fax: (215) 599-1491

 

Verdicts & Settlements

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court, 1978
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1995
  • Pro hac vice admissions in New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Michigan*


    *Pro hac vice admission is when a lawyer not licensed in a particular state associates with a lawyer who is licensed in that state and obtains the court’s permission to jointly represent a client in a specific matter.

Education

  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 1978
  • Arizona State University, 1975
  • Wells College, 1970 - 1972

Awards & Designations

  • American Society of Legal Advocates, Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in PA, 2014
  • The Legal Intelligencer, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2013

  • The Legal Intelligencer, Woman of the Year, 2012
  • Women's Resource Center, Woman of the Year, 2009
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, Justice Michael Musmanno Award, 2000
  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Milton D. Rosenberg Award, 1999
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section Special Award, 1996
  • Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia, Former Settlement Master and Present Judge Pro Tem - 1993 - Present
  • The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
    Member, Hearing Committee 1.04 - 1986 - 1090; Chair, 1990 - 1992
    Delegate to Third Circuit Conference, Philadelphia, PA - Sept.,1987
  • Delegate to the Third Circuit Conference, Philadelphia, PA - Sept., 1987

Videos

Attorneys Carol Nelson Shepherd and Patricia M. Giordano Provide Insight on Preparing a Case for Federal Court

Attorney Carol Nelson Shepherd Discusses Understanding the Facts in Medical Cases

Attorney Carol Nelson Shepherd Discusses What Makes Feldman Shepherd Unique

Attorney Carol Nelson Shepherd Discusses the Importance of Serving as an Attorney and Counselor

Personal Injury Attorney Carol Nelson Shepherd Discusses Feldman Shepherd's CLE Program

Carol Nelson Shepherd Medical Malpractice Attorney Speaks about Feldman Shepherd

Attorney Carol Nelson Shepherd Speaks about Her Love for the Legal Profession

 
 
   
 
Contact Carol:

Phone: (215) 567-8300
Fax: (215) 599-1491
cshepherd@feldmanshepherd.com

 

Carol Nelson Shepherd

Practice Areas: Medical Malpractice, Birth and Neonatal Injury

Carol Nelson Shepherd, a founding partner of Feldman Shepherd, has devoted her legal career to helping those catastrophically injured by medical malpractice. For over 30 years Carol has represented clients in claims against health care providers arising from obstetric / childbirth injuries, delayed diagnosis of cancer, improperly performed surgery, and a myriad of other types of substandard medical care. Carol has successfully resolved numerous complex and challenging medical malpractice cases including a recent $16 million settlement for the negligent management of labor and delivery resulting in permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy.

In each year since 2004, Carol has been named by Thomson Reuters 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. Since 2013, Carol has been annually selected for inclusion among the Best Lawyers in America by the U.S. News & World Report and in 2015 was recognized as Lawyer of the Year in the field of Medical Malpractice Law (Plaintiffs). She is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, The National Trial Lawyers, and the Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Carol was named as a Top 100 Litigation Lawyer in Pennsylvania by the American Society of Legal Advocates (2014) and is the recipient of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association’s Justice Michael Musmanno Award (2000). She has 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 frequent publisher of articles regarding medical malpractice and trial preparation, Carol has also held prominent leadership positions in regional and national legal organizations, including serving as the first woman President of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Associations and President of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. She has served as a member of the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice and is currently President of the Board of the Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP), an organization dedicated to addressing the unmet legal needs of Philadelphia’s homeless and shelter populations.

When Carol isn’t practicing law or spending time with her husband and four wonderful 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, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and pro hac vice in New Jersey, New York, Delaware, and Michigan.

*Pro hac vice admission is when a lawyer not licensed in a particular state associates with a lawyer who is licensed in that state and obtains the court’s permission to jointly represent a client in a specific matter.

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Verdicts & Settlements

   
 

Practice Areas

   
 

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court, 1978
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1995
  • Pro hac vice admissions in New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Michigan*


    *Pro hac vice admission is when a lawyer not licensed in a particular state associates with a lawyer who is licensed in that state and obtains the court’s permission to jointly represent a client in a specific matter.

   
 

Education

  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 1978
  • Arizona State University, 1975
  • Wells College, 1970 - 1972
   
 

Awards & Designations

  • American Society of Legal Advocates, Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in PA, 2014
  • The Legal Intelligencer, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2013

  • The Legal Intelligencer, Woman of the Year, 2012
  • Women's Resource Center, Woman of the Year, 2009
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, Justice Michael Musmanno Award, 2000
  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Milton D. Rosenberg Award, 1999
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section Special Award, 1996
  • Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia, Former Settlement Master and Present Judge Pro Tem - 1993 - Present
  • The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
    Member, Hearing Committee 1.04 - 1986 - 1090; Chair, 1990 - 1992
    Delegate to Third Circuit Conference, Philadelphia, PA - Sept.,1987
  • Delegate to the Third Circuit Conference, Philadelphia, PA - Sept., 1987
   
 

Videos

Attorneys Carol Nelson Shepherd and Patricia M. Giordano Provide Insight on Preparing a Case for Federal Court

Attorney Carol Nelson Shepherd Discusses Understanding the Facts in Medical Cases

Attorney Carol Nelson Shepherd Discusses What Makes Feldman Shepherd Unique

Attorney Carol Nelson Shepherd Discusses the Importance of Serving as an Attorney and Counselor

Personal Injury Attorney Carol Nelson Shepherd Discusses Feldman Shepherd's CLE Program

Carol Nelson Shepherd Medical Malpractice Attorney Speaks about Feldman Shepherd

Attorney Carol Nelson Shepherd Speaks about Her Love for the Legal Profession

   
 

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Publications & Lectures

  • Nov., 2014 Philadelphia Association for Justice Annual Med Mal Seminar: "Proving Medical Negligence Cases Through the Defendant Doctor's Deposition" Philadelphia, PA

  • Nov., 2014 Philadelphia Bar Institute Medical Malpractice Seminar: "Social Media - Its New Role in Discovery and Litigation" Philadelphia, PA

  • Apr., 2013 Feldman Shepherd CLE Program Seminar: “Proving Medical Negligence Cases Through the Defendant Doctor’s Deposition” Philadelphia, PA
  • Mar., 2013, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Seminar: “Medical Malpractice Update” Lecture:“Social Media – It’s New Role in Discovery and Litigation" Philadelphia, PA
  • Oct., 2011, Moderator, Pennsylvania Association for Justice Annual Full Day Medical Malpractice Seminar: "Electronic Medical Records" and "Disturbing New Trends in Medicine - Effect on Medical Malpractice Cases", Philadelphia, PA
  • Dec., 2010 Pennsylvania Association for Justice Annual Full Day Medical Malpractice Seminar: Emerging Medical Causes of Action. Philadelphia, PA
  • Nov., 2010 Philadelphia Area Society for Healthcare Risk Management. Plymouth Meeting, PA
  • Oct., 2010 Hahnemann University Hospital Grand Rounds Anesthesiology: Medical Liability From the Plaintiff's Perspective. Philadelphia, PA
  • Dec., 2009 Philadelphia Bar Institute: "Trial of a Medical Malpractice Case." Philadelphia, PA
  • Nov., 2009 Pennsylvania Association for Justice 4th Annual Full Day Medical Malpractice Seminar: Hot  Medical Topics. Philadelphia, PA
  • June, 2009 Pennsylvania Association for Justice Pennsylvania Master Series: Medical Malpractice: Bring Your Files. Cambridge, MD
  • April, 2009 Pennsylvania Bar Institute: "Trial Tips." Philadelphia, PA
  • Jan., 2009 American Law Institute - American Bar Association: "Opening Statements." Philadelphia, PA
  • Dec., 2008 Pennsylvania Association for Justice: 3rd Annual Full Day Medical Malpractice Seminar (Course Planner and Speaker). Philadelphia, PA
  • July, 2008 American Association for Justice Stalwart's Program: "Proving Your Case Through the Defendant Doctor's Deposition." Philadelphia, PA
  • Feb., 2008 Temple University Shaping the Future of the Medical Practice: Legal and Ethical Considerations. "Medical Errors: Plaintiff's Attorney Perspective." Philadelphia, PA
  • Nov., 2007 PaTLA Seminar: 2nd Annual Medical Malpractice Full Day Seminar (Course Planner). Philadelphia, PA
  • July, 2007 Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges: Civil Law Potpourri. Hershey, PA
  • March, 2007 Temple University School of Medicine Debate: "Practicing Medicine in a Litigious Society: New Challenges, New Solutions." Philadelphia, PA
  • Dec., 2006 Pennsylvania Bar Institute Seminar: Proving Damages in Personal Injury and Death Cases. Philadelphia, PA
  • Nov., 2006 PaTLA Seminar Medical Malpractice: All New Full Day Seminar (Course Planner). Philadelphia, PA
  • Oct., 2006 Association for Conflict Resolution: The Advocates Perspective in Mediation of Medical Malpractice Claims. Philadelphia, PA
  • June, 2006 PaTLA Seminar: Wrongful Death Cases & Minor's Actions: Providing Damages and Settlement Approval. Philadelphia, PA
  • Nov., 2005 PaTLA Seminar Medical Malpractice: Experts in the New Age of M-Care. Philadelphia, PA
  • Feb., 2005 Pennsylvania Bar Institute Seminar: Mastering Med Mal Mediation, Preparation, Strategies and Ethics. Philadelphia, PA
  • Jan., 2005 PTLA Seminar: Med Mal - What you Need to Know - New Rules & Developments. Philadelphia, PA
  • Nov., 2004 PaTLA Seminar: Failure to Diagnose Cancer. Philadelphia, PA
  • Aug., 2004 PaTLA Seminar: Cross Examination of Medical Experts (Videotape). Mechanicsburg, PA
  • Aug., 2004 PaTLA Seminar: Proving Your Case Through the Defendant Doctor's Deposition (Videotape). Mechanicsburg, PA
  • June, 2004  PaTLA Seminar: Med Mal - What You Must Know in 2004. Philadelphia, PA
  • March, 2004 American Conference Institute: Reducing the Risk of Obstetric Malpractice. San Fancisco, CA
  • Dec., 2003 PaTLA Telephone Seminar: Certificate of Merit. Philadelphia, PA
  • Oct., 2003 PaTLA Seminar: Med Mal Expert Testimony: The Keys to Victory. Philadelphia, PA
  • July, 2003 Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges Seminar: Medical Malpractice Update. Hershey, PA
  • July, 2003 ATLA Seminar: Using Daubert/Frye as a Sword, Not a Shield. Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA
  • July, 2003 PaTLA Seminar: Medical Malpractice: Critical Cross Examination Ten Tips for Cross Examination of Medical Experts Annual Convention, Nemacolin Woodlands, Farmington, PA
  • April, 2003 PaTLA Seminar: Med Mal Top Ten Issues: What You Need to Know Phila., PA
  • Feb., 2003 PaTLA Telephone Seminar: New Supreme Court Rules: Certificate of Merit and Venue
  • Oct., 2002 PaTLA Seminar: Medical Malpractice - How to Win in Today’s Environment Phila., PA
  • April, 2002 PBI Satellite Broadcast: Medical Liability Reform, CAT Fund Reform and Patient Safety, Harrisburg, PA
  • April, 2002 PaTLA Seminar: New Med Mal Legislation - House Bill 1802. Phila., PA; Harrisburg, PA
  • March, 2002 PBI Seminar: Trial Tactics, Tips & Techniques. Phila., PA
  • Nov., 2001 PBI Seminar: Proving Damages in Personal Injury and Death Cases. Phila., PA; Harrisburg, PA
  • Oct., 2001 PBI Seminar Master Advocate Series: Deconstructing the Medical Negligence Case (3 hour one speaker program), Phila., PA; Harrisburg, PA
  • July, 2001 PaTLA Seminar: Medical Malpractice Workshop. Annual Convention, Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • April, 2001 ATLA Boardwalk Seminar - Personal Injury - 2001: A Trial Odyssey. “Using Frye/Daubert as a Sword, not a Shield.” Atlantic City, NJ
  • April, 2001 PaTLA Seminar: Trial, Negotiation & Business Skills for Women Trial Lawyers Phila., PA (Course Planner)
  • Dec., 2000 PBI Seminar: Race & Gender in the Courtroom: Tips & Tactics to Benefit your Clients, Phila., PA (Course Planner)
  • Nov., 2000 PBI Seminar: Trial Tactics: Cross-Examination of Medical Experts., Phila., PA; Harrisburg, PA
  • July, 2000 PaTLA Seminar. “Using Frye as a Sword not a Shield.” Annual Convention, Nemacolin Woodlands, Farmington, PA
  • Oct., 1999 PaTLA Seminar. 3rd Annual Medical Negligence Seminar: Focus on Orthopedic Surgery. Phila., PA
  • July, 1999 PaTLA Seminar. "Medical Malpractice: Delay in Diagnoses of Cancer." Philadelphia, PA
  • Nov., 1998 PaTLA Seminar. "Malpractice in the E.R.: Medicine, Law and Tactics." Philadelphia, PA
  • July, 1998 PaTLA Seminar. “Top 10 Missed Diagnoses in Emergency Rooms.” Annual convention. Hershey, PA
   
 

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    Vice-Chair, Law & Medicine Committee, 1995 - 1998
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    Board of Governors, 1988 - 1991
    Chair, Professional Negligence Section, 1992 - 1993
    Chair, Consumer Relations Committee, 1989 - 1990
    Co-Chair, Public Education Committee, 1998 - 1999
    Co-Chair, Lawyers’ Challenge for Children Committee, 1998 - 1999
    Co-Chair, Peoples’ Law School/Speakers’ Bureau Sub-Committee, 1998 - 1999
  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
    President, 1997 - 1998
    Board of Directors and Officer positions 1982 - 1997
    Executive Committee, 1987-88; 1990 - 1999
    Co-editor, The Barrister, 1983 - 1999;
    Chair, Budget Committee, 1993 - 1994;
    Chair, Fund Development Committee, 1993 - 1994
    Chair, Women Trial Lawyer’s Committee, 1998 - 2001
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
    President, 1987 - 1988
    Board of Directors and officer positions 1979 - 1987
    Member and/or Chair of every committee over the years
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
    Member, House of Delegates, 1987 - Present
    Chair, Civil Litigation Section, 1995 - 1996
    Co-Chair, Committee on Professional Liability, Civil Litigation Section, 1986 - 1989
    Member, Council on Judicial Independence, 1999 - 2000
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
    Member, Board of Governors, 1985 - 1988
    Co-Chair, Women in the Profession Committee, 2000 - 2002
    Chair, State Civil Judicial Procedures Committee, 1992 - 1993
    Member, Commission on Medical Cases, 1996 - 1997
    Member, 1996 Gender Bias Task Force
    Member, Special Committee to Study Philadelphia Courts, 1991 - 1992
    Member, Professional Guidance Committee, 1987 - 1997
    Member, Special Committee on Tort Law, 1986
    Member, Long Range Planning Committee, 1986 - 1987 and 1990 - 1991; Vice-Chair, 1987 - 1988
  • Trial Advocacy Foundation of Pennsylvania, Statewide Seminar Committee, 1986 - 1995
  • LAWPAC contributor since 1979
  • Lawyers for Consumer Rights, Board of Directors and Officer 1988 - 1991
  • Women's Law Project, Board of Trustees, 1999 - Present
  • Women's Task Force Advisory Council, Mentoring Group for Young Women Attorneys
  • Homeless Advocacy Project
    Board of Directors, 2005 - Present
    April Benefit Co-Chair, 2012
  • Trained Mediator for Medical Negligence Claims
   
 
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