Carolyn Short is a trial attorney who concentrates her practice on complex civil litigation matters, has tried more than 150 trials to verdict in state and federal courts across the United States and leads the firm's Philadelphia Regional Litigation team.
Ms. Short has received notable recognition for her achievements, including being named as a Fellow to the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and the Litigation Counsel of America. She also received numerous honors, including from Chambers USA as one of America's best business lawyers, Philadelphia Business Journal in the "Best of Bar: The Top Legal Minds in Philadelphia," Martindale-Hubble with an AV rating and Super Lawyer.
Ms. Short served as General Counsel to the United States Judiciary Committee for the Supreme Court nominations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito. She was a Law Clerk to the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, a Federal Public Defender and an Assistant District Attorney in the homicide division in Philadelphia.
In addition to her litigation practice in commercial and employment disputes, including class actions and restrictive covenant matters, Ms. Short advises on complex corporate governance issues, conducts high-level executive investigations and counsels on challenging management issues including crisis management. She represents publicly traded multinational corporate clients as well as privately held companies in a variety of business sectors including healthcare and life sciences, energy and natural resources, technology, entertainment, higher education, financial services, government contracting and real estate.
Ms. Short's passionate commitment to her client's needs has earned her a reputation as a "must have" counselor in bet-the-company high-stakes matters. Many of her clients have retained her services for more than 25 years, demonstrating their satisfaction and confidence in her abilities.
Ms. Short has served on nonprofit boards in Philadelphia, including Red Cross Disaster Relief, the Pennsylvania Innocence Project and the Russell Byers Charter School. She also served as a big sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization for three years, on her local church development committee, worked on political campaigns and donated her time to pro bono activities. She and her husband, Joe Torsella, have four children.
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