July 15, 2009, Philadelphia, PA – Carolyn P. Short, a partner in the Philadelphia office of Reed Smith LLP, one of the 15 largest law firms in the world, has been selected as a Fellow by the Litigation Counsel of America, the nation’s premier honor society for trial attorneys.
Ms. Short’s litigation practice focuses on commercial disputes. She has been described by American Lawyer Media as one of the 50 most influential women lawyers in Pennsylvania, as well as “one of the most feared civil defense lawyers, especially in employment law,” and Forbes Magazine called her “one of the most sought-after lawyers in Philadelphia.”
“I am very pleased to be selected as a Fellow by the Litigation Counsel of America,” said Ms. Short. “I am honored to become a part of this outstanding organization whose commitment to professional excellence, high ethical standards, community involvement and diversity matches my own.”
Ms. Short is also a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. She has extensive experience in handling matters arising in the local, state and federal courts across the U.S., and is frequently consulted on various aspects of complex litigation from jury selection techniques to cross examination and effectiveness in closing arguments.
In addition to achieving success as a litigator, Ms. Short served a one-year special appointment as General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee chaired by U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, during which she advised him and other Committee members on two U.S. Supreme Court nominations, class action litigation reform, reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act, investigations into secret government programs and other high-profile undertakings.
The Litigation Counsel of America is a trial lawyer honorary society comprised of experienced and effective litigators throughout the United States, and represents less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is limited and by invitation only. LCA Fellows are deemed to be among the best trial lawyers in the American bar, who have exhibited accomplishment in litigation and trial work, and have superior ethical reputations. The composition of the Litigation Counsel of America is aggressively diverse, with recognition of excellence in litigation across all segments of the bar. In addition, the LCA is dedicated to promoting superior advocacy, professionalism and ethical standards among its Fellows.