There is a need for trial lawyers today more than any other time. In part because fewer and fewer lawyers are ever given the opportunity to try a case to a jury.
While some say that there are too many lawsuits, we believe that in many ways there are too few. Where an individual does not feel that he or she has access to justice and can be treated fairly by the court system, that can result in taking matters into one’s own hands, often with tragic results. Our civil justice system, and the trial lawyers who protect it, are necessary to ensure that any one citizen can feel confident that, win or lose, the courts and the lawyers who preside over it, will adjudicate the claims and defenses fairly.
At Shamp Jordan Woodward, we are experienced trial lawyers, first and foremost. We are proud to be trial lawyers, and this passion translates into success. Our success comes from our devotion to our clients, our commitment to preparation, and our willingness to try cases.
We believe there is no substitute for hard work, determination, and creativity in the courtroom. These are the qualities we bring to every case.
We also care about giving back to our community in a meaningful way. Because of this, we donate a portion of our attorney’s fees every year to non-profit organizations that have helped our clients in some way and take public service seriously.
Laura M. Shamp
From her career as a college athlete playing in the Final Four to graduating with honors from Harvard Law School, Laura Shamp has always been a fierce competitor and has always played to win.
Over the past 20 years, she has handled all types of major litigation and is known as one of the few trial lawyers able to get multi-million dollar verdicts in some of the toughest jurisdictions and has an $11 million dollar jury verdict against Philip Morris to prove it. So, it is not surprising that she is consistently listed as one of Georgia’s “Super Lawyers.”
Laura’s success as a trial lawyer is only matched by her success as an appellate advocate. Her reported cases have helped shaped the law in Georgia regarding medical malpractice and the use of expert witness testimony in professional negligence cases and include: Hankla v. Postell, 293 Ga. 692, Georgia Supreme Court 2013; EHCA Cartersville v. Turner, 280 Ga. 333, Georgia Supreme Court 2006; Lee v. Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, 297 Ga. App. 692, Georgia Court of Appeals (2009); Houston v. Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, 295 Ga. App. 674, Georgia Court of Appeals 2009. Laura also chairs the Georgia Trial Lawyers Amicus Committee, which submits “friend of the court” briefs to the Georgia Supreme Court and Georgia Court of Appeals on issues affecting the civil justice system.
Laura graduated in 1988 from Harvard Law School with honors. After graduating, she served as a federal law clerk to United States District Court Judge Robert H. Hall. 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 several committees that review legislation to try and address issues of medical error and patient safety.
Before founding Shamp Jordan Woodward, Laura had a successful solo practice for over 15 years. Before that she was at Doffermyre, Shields, Canfield, Knowles & Devine, where she practiced for four years doing plaintiffs and general civil litigation work. She began her career at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan as a general civil litigator.
Laura is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of the State of Georgia, as well as all other trial and appellate courts in the State of Georgia.
Jen Auer Jordan
Jen Auer Jordan (pronounced Jer-Dun) is a transplant from South Georgia and though she has not lived there in over 20 years, her small town background informs her approach to the law and public service. Put simply, she believes in helping people when they need it the most.
Consistently recognized as one of the top 100 attorneys in the state (and top 50 women attorneys), she specializes in complex civil cases, including professional malpractice cases, business disputes, investment fraud, whistleblower actions, and consumer class actions. Her work in the courtroom has resulted in a number of impressive verdicts and settlements including a multi-million dollar award to Georgia consumers victimized by unfair lending practices. Her reported cases include USA Payday Cash Advance Center #1, Inc. v. Evans, 281 Ga.App. 847 (2006) and Georgia Cash America, Inc. v. Strong, 286 Ga.App. 405 (2007), in which she represented Georgia consumers in multiple class action lawsuits against payday lenders. Recently, she defeated an insurance company that had refused to cover the breast cancer treatments of one of its insured, claiming that it was a preexisting condition. See Golden Rule Insurance Company case.
Jen graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law where she was an Editorial Board Member and Articles Editor for Georgia Law Review and a member of the school’s award winning National Moot Court Team. After graduating, Jennifer served as a federal law clerk to United States District Court Judge Anthony A. Alaimo. She was also named to the Order of the Barristers (for outstanding oral advocacy) and the Order of the Coif (recognizing law graduates who graduate in the top 10% of their class). She is a member of the Leadership Georgia Class of 2008 and is the past-President of the University of Georgia’s Law School Association Council. Jen is also a Master with the Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court and serves on the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Georgia.
She has been named to Georgia Trend Magazine’s “40 Under 40″ list that recognizes Georgians “under 40″ who “will lead our state’s commercial, cultural, academic and governmental institutions into the future” because of her work on behalf of Georgia consumers. She has also been chosen as a Rising Star, a Georgia Super Lawyer, and as one of Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite. In 2013, Jennifer was recognized by the University of Georgia as one of its “40 Under 40″ alumni who “have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.” Additionally, Jennifer was recognized as one of the “40 Under 40: Rising Stars” for 2014 by the Fulton County Daily Report, the leading legal newspaper in the State of Georgia.
She is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of the State of Georgia, as well as all other trial and appellate courts in the State of Georgia.
Anyone who meets Natalie Woodward feels like they have known her their entire life. It is this ability to put people at ease that makes her such an effective trial lawyer. Indeed in her very first jury trial as lead counsel, she secured a $1 million verdict in a wrongful arrest case.
Natalie focuses her practice on trial work in both the civil and criminal arena. She has extensive experience in personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice, false arrest, malicious prosecution, and criminal defense cases. She also represents high worth individuals who are dealing with divorce or custody issues.
A native of Powder Springs, Natalie is a venerable “Double Dawg.” She received undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Political Science. She then attended and graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law. While at UGA Law, she was the Chair of the Moot Court Board and a member of the champion Intrastate Moot Court Team.
Natalie is a member of the Executive Committee for the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, is a member the Atlanta Trial Lawyers Society, and serves on several non-profit boards. She has chaired the Small Firm Practice Section of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia and was selected as one of the Best Young Lawyers in Georgia by Atlanta Magazine.
Prior to founding Shamp Speed Jordan Woodward, Natalie began her career at Brinson Askew Berry in Rome, Georgia. She also practiced at Commander & Pound, before starting her own firm in Roswell. She has also worked for both Federal District Court Judge Charles Pannell and Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Sears.
Natalie is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the State of Georgia, as well as all other trial and appellate courts in the State of Georgia.
Joshua Silk is one of the few people in Atlanta who can actually claim to be an Atlanta-native. After graduating from The Galloway School, he completed his undergraduate education at Syracuse University, graduating cum laude with a dual major in History and Political Science. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2011, where he served on the Editorial Board and as a Notes Editor for the Georgia Law Review. He also served as a teaching assistant for Civil Procedure. Silk was elected to the Order of the Coif. This recognition is only bestowed on students who graduate at the very top of their law school class.
After law school, he served a 2-year term as a Staff Attorney with the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Since that time, Silk has focused on cases involving medical malpractice, catastrophic injuries resulting from trucking wrecks, products liability, constitutional torts, and class actions. He has written extensively about whistleblower protection, emerging healthcare issues and the law, and voting rights.
He is admitted to practice in all Georgia trial and appellate courts as well as the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
He lives in Candler Park with his wife, Megan.