Carol Nelson Shepherd

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Philadelphia, PA

Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig LLP
 | 1845 Walnut Street, 21st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-309-8667
Fax: 215-567-8333
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (90%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
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    As a founding partner of Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig LLP, Carol Nelson Shepherd is one of Philadelphia's top medical malpractice lawyer. She has dedicated her career to helping those with catastrophic injuries as a result of medical malpractice. She represents numerous clients on claims against health care providers involving surgical malpractice, obstetric and childbirth injuries, delayed diagnosis of diseases and substandard medical care. She serves the greater Philadelphia area.

    Ms. Shepherd earned her undergraduate degree from Wells College and her Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law. She co-founded Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig LLP in 1987. She is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and is pro hac vice in New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Michigan. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.

    Ms. Shepherd has successfully resolved complex cases, including a negligent labor and delivery case resulting in a $16 million settlement. In 2015, she was named Lawyer of the Year in the field of Medical Malpractice Law (Plaintiffs) by Best Lawyers. The American Society of Legal Advocates named her as a Top 100 Litigation Lawyer in Pennsylvania in 2014. In addition, in 2000 she received The Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association’s Justice Michael A. Musmanno Award.

    Ms. Shepherd frequently publishes medical malpractice and trial preparation articles, and is a distinguished lecturer. She is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Litigation Counsel of America. She served 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 was the 2015-2016 president of the board of the Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP). She has an "Excellent" rating from her peers through Avvo and holds an AV Preeminent* rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

    *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
    • 90%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Brain Injury


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    Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2021

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    About Carol Shepherd

    Admitted: 1978, Pennsylvania

    Professional Webpage:


    • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2010
    • Medical Malpractice Super Lawyer
    • Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in Pennsylvania, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2014
    • Justice Michael Musmanno Award, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, 2000
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers – Civil Plaintiff Category, National Trial Lawyers
    • Woman of the Year, Women’s Resource Center, 2009
    • Best Lawyers, U.S. News and World Report, 2013 – 2016
    • Lifetime Achievement Award, The Legal Intelligencer, 2013
    • Milton D. Rosenberg Award, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, 1990
    • Delegate, Third Circuit Conference, 1987
    • Woman of the Year, The Legal Intelligencer, 2012
    • Super Lawyer, Top 50 Women in Pennsylvania, Thomson Reuters, 2004 – 2016
    • Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year, Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, 2015
    • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2006
    • Civil Litigation Section Special Award, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1996

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Lawyers for Consumer Rights, Board of Directors and Officer, 1988 – 1991
    • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1995
    • New Jersey
    • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member, Board of Governors and Committee Officer positions, 1988 – 1999
    • Michigan
    • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member, House of Delegates, 1987 – Present
    • Pennsylvania Association for Justice, Member, President, 1997 – 1998
    • LAWPAC contributor since 1979
    • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors and Officer positions, 1979 – 1987
    • Women’s Task Force Advisory Council, Mentoring Group for Young Women Attorneys
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1978
    • American Bar Association
    • Delaware
    • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, Member, President, 1987 – 1988
    • Philadelphia Bar Association, Officer positions, 1986 – 2002
    • Trial Advocacy Foundation of Pennsylvania, Statewide Seminar Committee, 1986 – 1995
    • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Officer positions, 1986 – 2000
    • Women’s Law Project, Board of Trustees, 1999 – Present
    • American Bar Association, Member, Prior Vice-Chair – Law & Medicine Committee
    • Pennsylvania, 1978
    • The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Former Chair, Hearing Committee Member
    • New York
    • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
    • Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia, Former Settlement Master and Present Judge Pro Tem, 1993 – Present
    • Philadelphia Bar Association, Member, Board of Governors, 1985 – 1988
    • Pennsylvania Association for Justice, Board of Directors and Officer positions, 1982 – 2001

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Homeless Advocacy Project, President, 2015 – 2016
    • Homeless Advocacy Project, Annual Benefit Co-Chair, 2012
    • Homeless Advocacy Project, Board of Directors, 2005 – Present

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Proving Medical Negligence Cases Through the Defendant Doctor’s Deposition, Philadelphia Association for Justice Annual Med Mal Seminar, 2014
    • Social Media – Its New Role in Discovery and Litigation, Philadelphia Bar Institute Medical Malpractice Seminar, 2014
    • Proving Medical Negligence Cases Through the Defendant Doctor’s Deposition, Feldman Shepherd CLE Program Seminar, 2013
    • Social Media – It’s New Role in Discovery and Litigation, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Seminar: Medical Malpractice Update, 2013
    • Electronic Medical Records, and, Disturbing New Trends in Medicine – Effect on Medical Malpractice Cases, Moderator, Pennsylvania Association for Justice Annual Full Day Medical Malpractice Seminar, 2011
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    1845 Walnut Street
    21st Floor
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Phone: 215-309-8667

    Fax: 215-567-8333

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