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, Carol has represented clients in claims against healthcare providers arising from obstetric and childbirth injuries, delayed diagnosis of cancer, improperly performed surgery, and myriad other types of substandard medical care. Carol has successfully resolved many 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. In 2015, Carol was named by Best Lawyers 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). Carol 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 Association and president of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. She serves on the board of directors of the Lawyers’ Club of Philadelphia and as the 2015-2016 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.
When Carol isn’t practicing law or spending time with her husband, four wonderful children, and two wonderful stepdaughters, 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.