This week, your hosts Steve Lowry and Yvonne Godfrey interview Laura Shamp of Shamp, Jordan, and Woodward Trial Attorneys (https://www.sjwtriallaw.com).
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Laura Shamp obtained a verdict of $11 million dollars for an ex-smoker in a case against Philip Morris USA Inc. The jury awarded $3.2 million in punitive damages after finding that the tobacco company had committed fraud and intentionally misrepresented the dangers of smoking to consumers. (Jordan v. Philip Morris Tobacco Co.) The verdict was affirmed on appeal.
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Laura is a plaintiff’s trial lawyer practicing principally in the areas of medical negligence, product liability and catastrophic injury in both state and federal court.
Laura graduated with honors from the Harvard Law School and thereafter clerked for the Honorable Robert H. Hall at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. In 1996 Laura formed her own firm where she focused on complex commercial litigation, medical negligence, and product liability, almost exclusively on behalf of plaintiffs. In 2004, she returned to Harvard to study patient safety and medical errors under Don Berwick and Lucian Leape, leaders in the field of patient safety, and in 2005 obtained a Masters Degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Laura is dedicated to working to try and improve the quality of medical care in Georgia and serves on committees that review legislation to try and address issues of medical error and patient safety.
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