Sheila P. Hiestand

Top rated Medical Malpractice attorney in Louisville, Kentucky

McCoy & Hiestand, P.L.C.
Sheila P. Hiestand
McCoy & Hiestand, P.L.C.

Practice Areas: Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Schools & Education; view more

Licensed in Kentucky since: 1993

Education: University of Kentucky College of Law

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2024
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McCoy & Hiestand, P.L.C.

108 Browns Lane
Louisville, KY 40207 Visit website


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 American Board of Trial Advocates, 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 competitions 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

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Schools & Education

Focus areas

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

  • 60% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 30% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10% Schools & Education

First Admitted: 1993, Kentucky

Professional Webpage:

  • Fayette County Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer , 1998
  • , KJA Peter Perlman Outstanding Trial Attorney of the Year, Kentucky Justice Association, 2017
  • , Top 25 Women Super Lawyers in Kentucky, Super Lawyers, 2022
  • , Top 50 Super Lawyers In Kentucky, Super Lawyers, 2022
  • , Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2020
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, ATLA, 2011
  • AVVO Perfect 10 Rating – Top Personal Injury Attorney, 2013-2016
  • 2011 Top Attorney in Kentucky
  • Outstanding Attorney by the Greater Lexington Paralegal Association
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • NAOPIA Top 10 Attorney for KY, 2015, 2016
  • Top Lawyer by Louisville Magazine
  • Who’s Who in American Law, 2011-2012
  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2013
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association , Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Kentucky
  • Global Who’s Who Best Lawyers in America, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers ®, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, Super Lawyers, 2023
  • Top 25 Women Lawyers in Kentucky
  • 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
Educational Background:
  • Centre College of Kentucky, B.A., Double Major in English and Spanish, 1990
  • University of Kentucky College of Law Juris Doctorate, 1993
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Inducted into Center College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009
  • Secretary, KY Chapter of ABOTA, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2023
  • Treasurer of SEABOTA, South Eastern American Board of Trial Advocates, 2023
  • 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 Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for many years.
  • 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.
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 2020
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Past Board of Governors
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • US District Courts for Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Kentucky
  • Member, Board of Directors, Fayette County Bar Association
  • United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Kentucky Association for Justice, Board of Governors
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • State of Tennessee
  • President, Fayette County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, 1996-1998
  • US District Court for Northern District of Illinois
  • President, Kentucky Trial Lawyers
  • Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, Past President
  • American Association for Justice President of Fayette County Young Lawyers, Past President
  • State of Indiana
  • President, Kentucky Justice Association, 2012
  • US District Court for Southern District of Indiana
  • Member, Board of Directors, Young Lawyers Section, Kentucky Bar Association
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Louisville Sports Commission, 2022
  • Memory Walk for the Alzheimer’s Association, Committee Chair
  • Lexington Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Sixty Five Roses Ball, Co-Chair
  • Volunteer Center of Central Kentucky Annual Fundraiser, Committee Chair
Industry Groups:
  • AAJ
  • ATLA
  • KBA
  • KJA

Office location for Sheila P. Hiestand

108 Browns Lane
Louisville, KY 40207

Phone: 502-233-8403

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