Carolyn P. Short

Partner at Reed Smith LLP

Carolyn P. Short

Carolyn P. Short

Partner at Reed Smith LLP

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Senate Committee on the Judiciary

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Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer at UnitedHealth Group, Inc.

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Partner at Reed Smith LLP

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Director, Business & Commercial Litigation at Gibbons PC

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Founder at 743 Ventures

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Judge Pro Tempore at Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas

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Managing Partner-Americas at Reed Smith LLP

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Managing Partner at Reed Smith LLP

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Global Managing Partner at Reed Smith LLP

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Managing Partner-Europe & Middle East at Reed Smith LLP

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Chief Human Resources Officer at Reed Smith LLP

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Chief Executive Officer at Leamington Co.

Leamington Co. is an American private company located in Minneapolis, MN, focused on offices of holding companies,. Brian P. Short is the current CEO of the firm.

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Co-Chair, ERISA Litigation Practice Group at Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Dorsey & Whitney LLP is a business law that provides legal solutions catering to the needs of business as they enter new markets, establish joint ventures overseas, and navigate international law. The company was founded in in 1912 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, MN.

Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer at UnitedHealth Group, Inc.

UnitedHealth Group is a leading health care company, serving more than 75 million people worldwide. Our family of companies touches nearly every aspect of health care, helping people live healthier lives. We apply our capabilities broadly across health care in markets worldwide, providing health care management, consulting and specialty services globally. And we have the scale and resources necessary to take on some of the most important challenges in global health care. ( As a leader in the health benefits and services industry, our six businesses — UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement, UnitedHealthcare Community & State, OptumHealth, OptumInsight, and OptumRx — offer exceptional service, broad capabilities and enduring value in creating a modern health care system. Our products and services empower individuals, expand consumer choice and strengthen patient-provider relationships across the health care spectrum

Class of 1980

In the practice of law, the same ethical standards must be met whether you are a graduate of Notre Dame or any other university. So, what is it that makes our graduates unique? We believe it can be found in our ultimate goal. Beyond striving for professional achievement, a Notre Dame lawyer fundamentally acts in service to others. Our approach seeks to do more than train students in a profession; it seeks to help them discover their lives as a vocation. A different kind of lawyer is one who realizes the practice of law is not an end in itself. It’s the beginning of a new, highly specialized way of giving back.

BA in English
Class of 1977

The University of Notre Dame’s endowment provides nearly $100 million in financial aid annually to help students pay for college. Less than a generation ago, in 1990, the number was around $5 million. They’ve been able to keep pace with the rapidly growing financial needs of students, in part, by making smart investments in private equity.

2009 - Current

The Litigation Counsel of America is an invitation- only trial lawyer honorary society established to reflect the new face of the American bar. Membership is limited to 3,500 Fellows, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. The composition of the LCA is aggressively diverse, with recognition of excellence among American litigation and trial counsel across all segments of the bar. The purpose of the LCA is to recognize deserving, experienced, and highly qualified lawyers, to provide an outlet for scholarly authorship of legal articles on trial and litigation practice, to provide additional sources for professional development, to promote superior advocacy and ethical standards in the practice of law, to assist in community involvement by its membership, and to advance a superior judiciary, by taking relevant positions on issues or legislation affecting judicial compensation and/or benefits, as well as those affecting the American litigation processes. Fellows are selected and invited into Fellowship after being evaluated on effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation and trial work, along with ethical reputation. The number of Fellowships has been kept at an exclusive limit by design, allowing qualifications, diversity and inclusion to align effectively. Fellows are generally at the partner or shareholder level or are independent practitioners with several years experience. Fellows may also include judges, professors of law, governmental attorneys and in-house counsel. Upon high recommendation by a Fellow, a limited number of Associate Fellows may be selected, generally pending qualification for Fellowship. Associate Fellows may include partners or associates from the same firm in which the Fellows practice or with any other ethically reputable firm, governmental division or company. Associate Fellows, however, are not considered part of the voting membership. Unless their practice changes from litigation or trial work or their general ethical reputation has been diminished, Fellows may hold their status as long as they desire to be affiliated with the LCA. Fellows who hold such status for seven consecutive years may be designated Senior Fellows.

2004 - Current

American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) is a professional association of trial lawyers from the United States and Canada. Founded in 1950, the College is dedicated to maintaining and improving the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the profession. Through its Board of Regents, its general committees and its state and province committees, the College engages in a wide variety of activities to further those purposes. The College also awards the Medal for Excellence in Advocacy on a yearly basis.

2003 - Current


Career History

Reed Smith Ltd. is engaged in the provision of legal services in commercial litigation, disputes, cross-border transactions, and regulatory matters. The firm's practice areas include bankruptcy and commercial restructuring, corporate and securities, regulatory enforcement, contract investigation, insurance, public policy, investment management, tax exemption, and wealth planning. It offers services to the energy and natural resources, financial, health, medical, and entertainment industries. The company is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

General Counsel
2005 - Prior

The United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary (informally Senate Judiciary Committee) is a standing committee of the United States Senate, of the United States Congress. The Judiciary Committee, with 18 members, is in charge of conducting hearings prior to the Senate votes on confirmation of federal judges (including Supreme Court justices) nominated by the president. In recent years, this role has made the committee increasingly a point of contention, with numerous party-line votes and standoffs over which judges should be approved. The committee also has a broad jurisdiction over matters relating to federal criminal law, as well as human rights, immigration law, intellectual property rights, antitrust law, and Internet privacy. It is also Senate procedure that all proposed Constitutional Amendments pass through the Judiciary Committee. The committee is one of the oldest in the Senate. It was initially created in 1816.

Assistant District Attorney, Homicide Division
1983 - Prior
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Member, Advisory Committee of the Judicial Council of the Third Circuit

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit is a federal court with appellate jurisdiction. The court is composed of 14 active judges and is based at the James A. Byrne Courthouse in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The court also conducts sittings in other venues, including the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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