Related Professionals: Carolyn P. Short James M. Beck Daniel I. Booker Paul D. Fogel Timothy P. Law James C. Martin Mark S. Melodia William G. Thomas

Type: Individual Award, News Releases

PHILADELPHIA (July 5, 2016) – Reed Smith partner Carolyn P. Short has been elected to membership in the prestigious American Law Institute (ALI). The national independent organization is dedicated to clarifying and improving the law through development of restatements, principles and model penal codes.

A nationally recognized trial lawyer, Short is a member of the Reed Smith Complex Litigation Group and co-leader of the Business & Corporate Disputes team. She focuses her practice on commercial and employment disputes. Carolyn has extensive experience defending federal and state class action matters, most notably, antitrust, employment discrimination, securities fraud, consumer, civil rights and medical device cases. In addition she is a regular advisor to corporate boards of directors and officers on governance and executive employment issues.

In 2005, Short resigned from her partnership at Reed Smith to serve as General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by former Senator Arlen Specter, for the nomination proceedings of Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito. In addition, she advised the Committee on a wide variety of legislative and policy reform matters. In 2006, she returned to her partnership and a full time litigation practice at Reed Smith.

In Short’s early years of practice, e she was both a homicide prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and First Assistant Federal Defender in the District of Minnesota. She is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and a member of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. She serves as a director and officer of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project and volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters. She is listed as an expert in commercial and employment litigation in Chambers USA and has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer since 2008. In 2015, Short was honored as a Philadelphia Business Journal Woman of Distinction and was given the Lynette Norton Award, the highest award of the Pennsylvania Bar Association to a woman lawyer for excellence in litigation and devotion to assisting other women to follow in the profession. She is also the mother of four and is married to Amb. Joseph M. Torsella (retired).

Short joins seven other Reed Smith colleagues who are also members of ALI: James Beck, Daniel I. Booker, Paul D. Fogel, Timothy P. Law, James C. Martin, Mark Melodia, and William G. Thomas.

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