Sheila P. Hiestand

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Louisville, KY

McCoy, Hiestand & Smith, P.L.C.
 | 108 Browns Lane, Louisville, KY 40207
Phone: 502-233-8405
Fax: 502-233-8409
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Schools & Education (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish


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Attorney Profile

Known as “The Lady Litigator,” Sheila P. Hiestand is a partner at McCoy & Hiestand, PLC Attorneys at Law. As an athlete and a musician, the focus and determination she has developed transfer over to her professional work representing clients throughout Kentucky in matters of premises liability, wrongful death, motor vehicle and trucking accidents, and medical malpractice. Admitted to practice in Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky as well as before the Supreme Court of the United States, Ms. Hiestand has over 20 years of experience obtaining favorable verdicts for clients who have been injured by another’s negligence.

The former president of the Kentucky Justice Association, Ms. Hiestand has received many awards and honors. For her superior legal skills and her adherence to ethics, she has received the highest rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell. The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, the Kentucky Justice Association, the American Society of Legal Advocates, Top 100 Kentucky Trial Lawyers and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum count her among their members.  She has also been an International Ambassador for Team IMF, a foundation which raises money for non-profits in areas where local Ironman compentitions are held.

Ms. Hiestand knows the pain and suffering, medical care, financial impact and mental anguish that are common after a personal injury. She approaches every case with compassion and has a reputation for her tenacity in the courtroom. A fluent speaker of Spanish, she connects with clients from many different cultures.

Before earning a Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law, Ms. Hiestand graduated with Spanish and English degrees from Centre College. During her time as a student, she played college basketball, and is now a regular in Ironman competitions and triathlons.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (60%): Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

Personal Injury - General (30%): Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Schools & Education (10%): Schools

Focus Areas

Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Schools


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Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2019

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About Sheila Hiestand

Admitted: 1993, Kentucky

Professional Webpage:


  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2013
  • For several years, Ms. Hiestand has received awards and recognition from numerous entities, including Top 100 Trial Lawyers from 2008 through 2016 from the National Trial Lawyers;  International Team Ironman Foundation Ambassador for 2016 and 2017; ATLA's Top 100 Trial Lawyers; Nation's Top One Percent of Attorneys from the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2015 an 2016; Recipient of The Global Directory of Who's Who Honors for 2014, 2015 and 2016;  Nationally Ranked Top 10 Attorney Award from NAOPIA for 2014, 2015 and 2016; and 2016 Personal Injury Lawyer of Distinction., 2011
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, ATLA, 2011
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers ®, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • AVVO Perfect 10 Rating – Top Personal Injury Attorney, 2013-2016
  • Global Who’s Who Best Lawyers in America, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • NAOPIA Top 10 Attorney for KY, 2015, 2016
  • Outstanding Attorney by the Greater Lexington Paralegal Association
  • Top 25 Women Lawyers in Kentucky
  • Who’s Who in American Law, 2011-2012
  • 2011 Top Attorney in Kentucky
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association , Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Kentucky
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Fayette County Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer , 1998
  • Top Lawyer by Louisville Magazine

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • US District Court for Northern District of Illinois
  • US District Court for Southern District of Indiana
  • US District Courts for Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Kentucky
  • State of Tennessee
  • State of Indiana
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • American Association for Justice President of Fayette County Young Lawyers, Past President
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, Past President
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Past Board of Governors
  • Kentucky Association for Justice, Board of Governors
  • President, Kentucky Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Board of Directors, Young Lawyers Section, Kentucky Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Directors, Fayette County Bar Association
  • President, Fayette County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, 1996-1998
  • President, Kentucky Justice Association, 2012

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Lexington Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Sixty Five Roses Ball, Co-Chair
  • Volunteer Center of Central Kentucky Annual Fundraiser, Committee Chair
  • Memory Walk for the Alzheimer’s Association, Committee Chair


  • Ms. Hiestand was the only attorney to obtain a favorable verdict in Kentucky for a slip and fall victim in all slip and fall cases tried in 2015.  The case was tried against the largest mall in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and resulted in a six-figure verdict for her client.  The client had fallen in a slick spot on the floor, and Ms. Hiestand was able to prove to the jury that the Mall management company failed to have proper policies and procedures in place to provide for the safety of their guests.  The case was tried in Fayette County, a notoriously conservative jurisdiction.  Kentucky law requires attorneys to notify the public that all cases are different, and each verdict is dependent upon the specific facts of the case., 2015
  • In 2015, Ms. Hiestand obtained a $183,000 Verdict in Slip and Fall at Mall in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky;  successfully litigated and settled a claim against a Mexican resort in Federal Court in Pennsylvania; and litigated and settled several complex medical negligence claims and personal injury claims in Kentucky and Indiana , 2015
  • During her tenure as a personal injury trial attorney, Ms. Hiestand has had both 7-figure verdicts and settlements, in both general personal injury and medical negligence litigation, most recently in December 2010.  She is and has been a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum for many years.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Inducted into Center College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009

Educational Background:

  • Centre College of Kentucky, B.A., Double Major in English and Spanish, 1990

Industry Groups

  • AAJ
  • ATLA
  • KBA
  • KJA
Office Location for Sheila P. Hiestand

108 Browns Lane
Louisville, KY 40207

Phone: 502-233-8405

Fax: 502-233-8409

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Last Updated: 7/13/2018

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