Carol A. Shelly

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Shelly Law Offices, LLC
Carol A. Shelly
Shelly Law Offices, LLC

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice; view more

Licensed in Pennsylvania since: 1986

Education: Widener University – Delaware Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2010, 2013 - 2014, 2017 - 2024

Shelly Law Offices, LLC

70 West Oakland Avenue
Suite 208
Doylestown, PA 18901 Visit website


Attorney Carol A. Shelly is a shareholder and managing partner of Shelly Law Offices, LLC, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Serving clients throughout Bucks County and the surrounding areas of the Philadelphia metro region, Ms. Shelly devotes her practice exclusively to personal injury law. She has achieved notable success helping those across her region who suffered an injury or loss as the result of someone else's negligent, careless or unlawful actions.

Over the course of her more than 36 years of practicing law, Ms. Shelly has recovered millions of dollars in settlements and awards for those adversely affected by motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, brain and birth injuries, and other preventable tragedies. At every turn, Ms. Shelly delivers highly personalized, compassionate counsel and guidance to those she serves as she aggressively pursues the most favorable outcome possible for her clients.

Recognized for her exemplary professionalism and outstanding legal abilities, Ms. Shelly has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* and a Legal Leaders designation from Martindale-Hubbell. She has also earned numerous other accolades from her peers, and she holds a listing in the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers. Perhaps more importantly, Ms. Shelly has excellent client ratings on Avvo along with numerous positive testimonials and referrals from those she has served.

A native of Philadelphia, Ms. Shelly graduated from Gettysburg College in 1981. She then obtained her Juris Doctor from Widener University's Delaware Law School in 1986, and she is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

A leader in her field, Ms. Shelly once served as president of the Bucks County Bar Association, and she has written extensively and conducted numerous lectures and seminars on a variety of legal topics. She is an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the American Board of Trial Advocates. Furthermore, she serves on the board of trustees for Bucks County Community College.

*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 - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff

Focus areas

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

  • 60% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 40% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1986, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage:

  • Super Lawyers, 2004-2010, 2012-2020
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Soroptimist International of Doylestown, 2009
  • Bucks County Community College, Board of Trustees, 2013
  • Chair, Women Lawyer's Division, Bucks County Bar Association, 2015
  • American Association of University Women, 2016
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • P.B.A. Covid Task Force, 2020
  • PBA, Civility Committee, Member, 2019
  • Member, American Bar Association, 2000-Present
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2000-Present
  • Past President, Bucks County Bar Foundation
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1993
  • Bucks County Bar Association, Women Lawyers' Division, Chair, 2003
  • Pennsylvania, 1986
  • Bucks County Bar Association, Bench Bar Conference Committee Chair
  • Bucks County Bar Association, Merit Selection Committee, Chair, 2004
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Legislative Relations Task Force, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Judicial Administrative Committee, Co-Chair
  • Bucks County Bar Association, Chair, Civil Litigation Section, 2000
  • Bucks County Bar Association, MCLE Committee Chair
  • Bucks County Bar Association, Women Lawyers Division, Chair, 2015
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member, House of Delegates
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Health Care Law Committee, Member
  • Bucks County Bar Association, Board of Directors, 1998
  • Bucks County Bar Association, Medical/Legal Committee, Chair, 2004
  • Bucks County Bar Association, Vice President, 2003
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2009
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Women in the Profession, Member
  • Bucks County Bar Association: President, 2004
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Constitutional Review Commission, Co-Chair
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, 2011-2015
  • Top Rated Lawyer Personal Injury Law, 2012-2017
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Pennsylvania, 2012-2017
  • Women Leaders in the Law, 2012-2016
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Best of CLE Videos, Pennsylvania Bar Association/Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Use of Medical Witness: Trial & Evidence, Bucks County Bar Association
  • Use of Medical Evidence in Civil Cases: Pre-Trial, Bucks County Bar Association
  • UM/UIM Cases - How to Try Them, How to Win Them, Bucks County Bar Association
  • The Legislature & The Law, Bucks County Bar Association
  • Advocacy for the Ages, Pennsylvania Bar Association/Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Ethics Potpourri - PBA Professional Committee Update, Pennsylvania Bar Association/Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2007, 2009
  • Four County Civil Practice, Bucks, Pennsylvania Bar Association/Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016
  • Taking & Defending Depositions, Pennsylvania Bar Association/Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • 28th Annual Essentials of Pennsylvania Practice, Pennsylvania Bar Association/Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Fundamentals of Civil Practice & Procedure, Pennsylvania Bar Association/Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2012
Educational Background:
  • Gettysburg College, Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, 1981
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • $1,000,000.00 settlement.  Tractor trailer case.  Policy limits.  , 2020
  • Confidential multi million dollar settlement of medical malpractice case involving negligent reading of radiology films. , 2022
  • Estate of Toalombo v. Bankers J.T. Bankers Saloon.  $525,000.00 settlement for wrongful service of alcoholic beverages to a visibly intoxicated individual., 2021
  • Confidential settlement for negligent performance of thyroid surgery.  , 2020
  • $310,000.00 settlement for negligent nursing care resulting in wrongful death of patient. , 2020
  • Kiefer v. State Farm.  $150,000.00 recovery of full policy limits in underinsured motorist claim.  , 2019
  • Confidential settlement in medical malpractice claim involving negligent prescription of medication resulting in permanent vision loss., 2019
  • Settled motor vehicle accident for $800,000.00 for 89 year old who suffered orthopaedic and concussion injuries.  , 2021
  • Radiologist malpractice, $1,000,000.00 settlement for misread CAT resulting in decreased life expectancy of Plaintiff., 2019
  • $950,000.00 settlement.  Orthopaedic malpractice case.  , 2020
  • Motor vehicle accident involving wrongful death and brain injury. Settlement, $1,750,000.00, 1999
  • $800,000.00 settlement for failure to diagnose infection in eye resulting in visual deficits.  , 2019
  • $900,000.00 settlement in negligent prescription of medication resulting in partial blindness of elderly man., 2019
  • Confidential settlement in a failure to diagnose kidney cancer case, involving misread CAT scan and hospital systemic negligence involving reporting of radiology reports to physicians, 2012
  • Confidential settlement amount in a medical malpractice case. $2.5 million dollar settlement. Plaintiff bled to death after surgery. Failure to monitor patient adequately, 2016, 2016
  • Schaeffer v. Erie, Underinsured Motorist Claim $600,000.00, Wrongful death claim, 2015
  • Confidential settlement amount. Medical malpractice. Retained surgical sponge resulting in permanent injury, 2015
  • Confidential Settlement. Negligent performance of cardiac ablation resulting in permanent disfigurement and injury, 2017
  • Confidential amount received by verdict in a medical malpractice case involving failure to diagnose and properly treat an infection in the spinal cord, 2014
  • Confidential settlement involving negligent placement and monitoring of tubes in Plaintiff's ears, resulting in permanent hearing loss, 2015
  • $2,947,750.00 verdict in motor vehicle accident, involving death of a young lady by a drunk driver, 2011
  • Confidential settlement amount. Shoulder dystocia obstetrical malpractice claim, with brachial plexus injury, 2014
  • Confidential medical malpractice settlement. Wrongful death of 58 year old who bled to death after gallbladder surgery, 2016
  • Confidential Settlement amount. Misread biopsy resulting in unnecessary lumpectomy, 2017
  • Confidential settlement involving death of an elderly patient in a geriatric psychiatric unit, 2015
  • Verdict, $4,000,000.00, case involving failure to diagnose an infection in the abdomen, 1999
  • Confidential settlement figure. Wrongful death of an infant. Failure to diagnose uterine infection, 2015
  • Confidential settlement amount. Wrongful death of a 82 year old in a geriatric psychiatric hospital, 2015

Office location for Carol A. Shelly

70 West Oakland Avenue
Suite 208
Doylestown, PA 18901

Phone: 267-454-7940


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